Senate Candidates Talk About Drug Use

By: 23 Newsroom
By: 23 Newsroom

More than just their outlook on the economy came out Wednesday night. U.S. Democratic Senate candidates spoke candidly about their drug use. It was at a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters and WLS-TV.

State Senator Barack Obama acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine while growing up in Hawaii.

Businessman Blair Hull said he hadn't used illegal drugs in a "substantial" amount of time. Later though, he told the Chicago Tribune he smoked marijuana and used cocaine "occasionally" but stopped in the early 1980's.

Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes said he smoked pot four times in college, and former Chicago school board president Gery Chico says he also smoked marijuana in college. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas was the only one who said she had never tried illegal drugs.


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