Politicians used to avoid admitting to past drug use at all costs. In 1992, Bill Clinton infamously hedged that although he tried marijuana, he did not inhale. Yet in 2000, George W. Bush's youthful indiscretions did not doom his bid for presidency. By 2004, candidates openly admitted to experimentation with marijuana. Senator Joe Lieberman even apologized at a debate for never smoking pot.
This election season, candidates are being open once again. When asked if he ever smoked (and inhaled) marijuana, Barack Obama responded: "I inhaled . . . frequently. That was the point." Check out the video above to see a good recap of the changing political impact of past drug use.
How does disclosure of past drug use impact your opinion of a candidate?