NY Attorney General Candidates Admit Past Marijuana Use 9/11/98

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Three out of the four Democratic candidates for New York Attorney General, the highest law enforcement post in the state, have admitted that they smoked marijuana in their youth. Eliot Spitzer, Catherine Abate and Evan Davis have all confirmed prior use of the Schedule I substance, while the fourth candidate, Oliver Koppel, will not comment at all.

Davis' use seems to have negatively impacted his memory, as he says, "Maybe three, four times, something like that, in the late 60's, mid-60's, maybe early 70's -- I can't remember the dates -- I smoked marijuana... I never bought it, it was always at parties." Abate, a Vassar College student and anti-war activist in the 60's, admits to smoking it but says that she now tells her 19 year-old son to do otherwise. Spitzer, a Princeton grad who has promised, if elected, to abolish New York's draconian Rockefeller drug laws, fessed up. "Absolutely. With pride, at the time." Mike Zabel, spokesman for incumbent Republican Dennis Vacco, who opposes even the medicinal use of marijuana, cut off inquiring journalists on the issue. "Never" he said.

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