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Harry Reid Endorses Medical Marijuana

Sen. Harry Reid: "We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana."

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has done an about-face about pot. “If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other stuff,” he revealed Thursday, “But I can’t say that anymore. I think we need to take a real close look at this. I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana.”

Reid's reason stems from his experience with a medical marijuana patient who suffered from kidney failure. “He was so skinny and doing so poorly and somebody told him and his mom, you know, you should smoke some marijuana, because one of the side effects is you get the munchies, you get extremely hungry,” Reid explained. “He tried it and sure enough, he was able to eat for the first time, he got hungry. So I thought, you know, there might be some medical reasons for taking another look at this.”

The Nevada Democrat added that he's never tried marijuana and only supports medical use, though he stated, "We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana."

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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