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Bill Clinton: War on drugs didn't work

Bill Clinton said in a documentary that the war on drugs was a failure.

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A Colombian police officer shows bags with marijuana seized during raids in Cali, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia, on March 9, 2012. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

A new documentary that premiered Thursday at New York's Google headquarters called "Breaking the Taboo" charges that the war on drugs hasn't worked. And former President Bill Clinton agrees. In the documentary, available for free online, Clinton says ,"Well obviously, if the expected results was that we would eliminate serious drug use in America and eliminate the narcotrafficking networks — it hasn’t worked.”

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His comments come despite the fact that during the Clinton administration, drug budgets, marijuana arrests and the numbers of those sent to prison on drug charges spiked, US News & World Report reported. The film also criticizes President Barack Obama's drug policies. Obama had originally requested a compassionate drug policy, but he has since requested $25.6 billion for drug control in 2013, a record-setting number.

Clinton has previously been somewhat quiet on the subject of the war on drugs, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reported. He has also long been mocked for his campaign comments in 1992, when he said he tried marijuana but "didn't inhale." 

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