Stirring the pot: Labor chair admits to smoking marijuana
Unlike Finance Minister Yair Lapid, I am at peace with my past, says Opposition Leader Shelly Yachimovich • She denies having used drugs while working as a journalist at Israel Radio and Channel 2.
Mati Tuchfield and Gideon Allon
At peace with her past: Labor chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich admits to using drugs a long time ago.
Photo credit: Yossi Zelliger
Opposition Leader and Labor Party MK Shelly Yachimovich has admitted to using recreational drugs more than once in her youth.
Yachimovich's admission came on Wednesday on the Knesset Channel in response to Finance Minister Yair Lapid's recent denial of having ever used marijuana.
"It wouldn't harm me politically if I said I smoked grass, but I didn't," Lapid said in September.
Following his denial, several allegations were made by friends from his youth that Lapid had, in fact, smoked marijuana in the past. Lapid has yet to respond to those allegations.
Asked if she had smoked recreational drugs in the past, Yachimovich responded: "The truth is yes, several times during my youth. The last time was about 16 years ago."
Asked whether this meant she was in favor of legalizing marijuana, she said, "It's a complicated issue and I have no clear stance on it. Essentially, given current circumstances, no. But I am definitely in favor of easing constraints on medical cannabis for those with serious illnesses."
"I live at peace with my past, unlike other politicians," Yachimovich said. "What do I mean by 'unlike others'? Unlike Yair Lapid, who each time reveals a new detail about his past that he had forgotten. Like, for instance, that he emigrated from Israel."
Asked if she had consumed drugs while working as a journalist at Israel Radio and Channel 2, Yachimovich responded with a firm negative.
Since entering the political arena Lapid has expressed a consistent and adamant opposition to the legalization of light drugs, such as marijuana. He has been asked in several interviews if he has used recreational drugs in the past, and has said that not only has he never tried them, but has strongly objected to people smoking drugs in his vicinity.