Weed-Friendly U.S. Presidents
Everyone has seen that pic of Obama smoking a joint like a total badass. But he’s not the only president that’s been open about his marijuana use and support on reform. Which one of these 12 weed-friendly U.S. presidents would you want to blaze with?
#44 – BARACK OBAMA
He once famously said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point,” when running for president in 2008. He’s been open about his previous cocaine and marijuana use as a kid.
#43 – GEORGE W. BUSH
Known as a cocaine user, Bush would never respond to questions about marijuana, later stating to his biographer, “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.” We wouldn’t recommend this tactic and hope all adults teach kids the real facts about marijuana when they get the opportunity.
#42 – BILL CLINTON
Bill has a history going back and forth with the truth. He once said he, “experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again.” However, Christopher Hitchens, who attended Oxford with Clinton, said Bill had an affinity for pot brownies. So, to an extent he was telling the truth. Now pass the edibles, Billy!
#39 – JIMMY CARTER
Jimmy Carter says he’s never smoked pot, but he was the most progressive president on pot in the War on Drugs era, telling Congress, “I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.”
#35 – JOHN F. KENNEDY
In “John F. Kennedy: A Biography”, it describes this White House scene: “On the evening of July 16, 1962, according to [Washington Post executive] Jim Truitt, Kennedy and Mary Meyer smoked marijuana together. … The president smoked three of the six joints Mary brought to him. At first he felt no effects. Then he closed his eyes and refused a fourth joint. ‘Suppose the Russians did something now,’ he said. According to some reports, JFK routinely used marijuana to aide his back pain.
#14 – FRANKLIN PIERCE
Pierce is one of three military men to become president who enjoyed smoking marijuana with troops fighting the Mexican-American War. In a letter to his family, Pierce wrote that marijuana smoking was “about the only good thing” about the war.
#12 – ZACHARY TAYLOR
Taylor is another military man who mentioned smoking marijuana with fellow troops during his battles.
#7 – ANDREW JACKSON
The last of three service men who became president and whose letters referred to smoking marijuana during the military with the men he led.
#5 – JAMES MONROE
Monroe was known to openly smoked hashish while he was Ambassador to France and continued smoking it until his death.
#4 – JAMES MADISON
Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” said that hemp gave him the insight to create a new democratic nation.
#3 – THOMAS JEFFERSON
In addition to farming hemp, Jefferson was Ambassador to France during the hashish era there. Jefferson risked imprisonment and smuggled hemp seeds from China to America. There’s no actual record of him saying, “Some of my finest hours have been spent sitting on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
#1 – GEORGE WASHINGTON
Throughout Washington’s many diaries, he wrote, “Sowed hemp at muddy hole by swamp” planting those away from the hemp he grew specifically for fiber. “Began to separate the male from female plants at do [sic –rather too late” and “Pulling up the (male) hemp. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month” indicates he was going for female plants with higher THC content. Toothaches haven’t been proven as his cause for self-medicating.
And for your viewing pleasure, an art concept combining famous stoners and the top weed-friendly presidents: Can you figure out the combos?