Pot and POTUS: Which US Presidents Have Smoked Marijuana?
On this Presidents’ Day, people often ask us, “Which presidents of the United States have smoked marijuana?” While there are rumors and half-truths floating around the cannabis community about early presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, we know without a doubt that at least four modern presidents have taken a toke or two.
Here, then, are a baker’s dozen of the forty-five United States Presidents on pot, organized into categories based on how sure we are that they did or did not smoke marijuana for mind-altering or medical purposes:
#44 – Barack Obama: As a youth in Hawaii, President Obama used cocaine and marijuana, according to his memoirs. He also famously said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point,” when running for president in 2008.
#43 – George W. Bush: President Bush would never respond directly to questions about his marijuana use. But he did tell his biographer, Douglas Wead (yes, pronounced like “weed”), “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.” Also, appearing on The Tonight Show, Mr. Bush admitted “I might’ve smoked something…” when referring to youthful indiscretions.Excerpt from “ John F. Kennedy: A Biography ” By Michael O ’ Brien The American Issue; Westerville, Ohio; July 22, 1922 – Anti-Prohibition Quote by Lincoln Revealed as Fake News.