On marijuana, Bernie Sanders is kind of a disappointing socialist ex-hippie

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Bernie Sanders moved to Vermont in 1968, during a mass "hippie migration" that attracted young people eager for a new life and experimenting with communal living. It's the sort of thing that evokes folk music and drugs, but Sanders wasn't exactly your stereotypical hippie.

In an interview with Yahoo News' Katie Couric, Sanders said he tried marijuana but wasn't a fan.

"Because I coughed a lot, I don't know," he said. "I smoked marijuana twice, didn't quite work for me. ... It's not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people."

In the history of Democratic presidential politics and pot, this is a notable milestone. In 1992, Bill Clinton said he tried it but "didn't inhale." By 2003, John Kerry and John Edwards admitted during a debate to using marijuana, and in 2006, Barack Obama said he smoked and he inhaled because "that was the point." To have...

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