Former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin isn't known as a progressive, or even thoughtful commentator. But her recent take on cannabis is surprising, and frankly refreshing coming from a hardline Republican.
According to Palin, a lot of people in her youth smoked marijuana - just not in her circles. "I grew up in Alaska when pot was legal anyway. It was absolutely no big deal," Palin told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
The Alaskan government has gone back and forth on the cannabis issue over the decades. The state decriminalized marijuana in the mid-70s. It was made illegal again in 1990 after a ballot initiative. Alaska voters then chose to legalize cannabis in November of 2014, but regulations are still being worked out.
Palin doesn't think it's a pressing issue right now.
"I look on the national scene and think, 'Wow'. Of all things to be fighting over and battling over, especially when it comes to medical marijuana.I think, 'it's just not my baby.' "