Good news for any cannabis consumers who hope to one day be President and light up in the White House — you have a supporter in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). In an interview with TMZ, AOC was asked if she’d be okay with a sitting president smoking weed. Her response was pretty chill.
“I don’t care. Yeah. I don’t care, it’s fine with me,” she said. “You’re not hurting anybody, you know?”
“There are plenty of people who drink,” AOC added. “They’ll go out to happy hour, they’ll go out and have one, two, three [drinks]. How is that different from anything else?”
The lawmaker’s comments come on the heels of many Democratic presidential nominees, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), openly embracing cannabis legalization ahead of the 2020 Election. AOC believes the change in policy is a positive one for Democrats.
“I certainly think people used to run away from it but we just need to accept that there is nothing more inherently damaging about marijuana than, say, legal substances like alcohol or anything else,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So I’m glad that we’re moving towards a more just position as a party.”
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“Not just legalize marijuana, but to really make up for the damages done by the war on drugs and the people that were unjustly incarcerated by the war on drugs,” she added.
While Donald Trump attests to never doing any drugs in his life, including alcohol, the previous three Presidents all admitted to past cannabis use in their lifetimes. Maybe instead of voting a President Americans can have a beer with, soon enough they’ll voting for a President they can light up with.