Bernie Sanders: ‘I smoked marijuana twice — didn’t quite work for me’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a 2016 presidential candidate on the Democratic side, says he has smoked marijuana two times but that it “didn’t quite work” for him.

“I coughed a lot,” he said in an interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric. “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,” he said. “And if you want to make the argument that maybe marijuana is less harmful to health than tobacco, I think you’d probably be making a correct argument. Some may disagree, but I think it’s probably true.”

Mr. Sanders said those in law enforcement, though, see it as a “gateway drug” that can lead to others like cocaine and heroin.

“What I can tell you is this — we have far, far far too many people in jail for nonviolent crimes, and...

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