In honor of President’s Day, let’s talk about every president of the United States that smoked weed!
Of all modern presidents, President Obama is the most open about marijuana use in his younger days. Pictures of Obama with a joint have made their way around the internet many times over the years. In a wink to Bill Clinton during the 2008 election, Obama admitted to smoking pot back in the day saying, “When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was kind of the point.”
Another Ambassador to France, James Monroe, openly smoked hashish while abroad. He reportedly continued his marijuana use until he died. Monroe is still one the most open cannabis friendly Presidents in our country’s history.
George W. Bush was known for his college cocaine use more than marijuana. But President Bush indirectly admitted to smoking cannabis at some point in his life. He avoided all questions when it came to his pot use until after his Presidency. He finally said that he never answered inquiries about his pot use because he was worried kids might follow his example of experimentation.
We have all heard Bill Clinton’s famous line he used in response to questions of marijuana use in his younger days. President Clinton claimed to have tried cannabis a couple times, but never inhaled. And he may not have been totally lying. According to Christopher Hitchens, a famed writer and college classmate of Bill Clinton, the President enjoyed pot brownies. Maybe President Clinton really didn’t inhale; he ate his marijuana instead!
JFK is the only president who has a written account of marijuana use while in the White House. The only other notable mention of cannabis use at the White House was not a President at all, but rather Jimmy Carter’s son Chip, who reportedly smoked pot on the roof of the White House with Willie Nelson. Now THAT is a smoke session we would have loved to be a part of.
You may be surprised by how 420 friendly some of our nation’s leaders were. Sure, we have all probably seen the photo of President Obama smoking a joint, but there are some on this list that might really surprise you.
John F. Kennedy would probably be considered a medical marijuana patient if he was alive today. Many of his biographies recount JFK’s marijuana use for dealing with severe back pain. One written account by a Washington Post reporter says that JFK smoked three joints in the White House one night with two colleagues. According to the written account, he refused a fourth joint asking, “What if the Russians did something now.”
Cannabis consumers know the plant can help spark ideas and creativity. James Madison agreed! He once said that hemp helped him have the insight to help create a new democratic nation. It sounds like all Americans owe weed a “thank you” for helping our founding fathers.
Let’s talk about every president of the U.S. Presidents That Smoked Weed! You may be surprised by how 420 friendly some of our nation’s leaders were…
According to the Washington Post it is true that George Washington grew hemp in abundance, especially on one plot of land he called Muddy Hole. The Huffington Post goes on to say that in his farm journal of August 7, 1765, Washington notes that he “began to separate the male from the female hemp… rather too late.” Thomas Jefferson wrote that hemp “is abundantly productive and will grow for ever on the same spot.” Hemp was a popular plant at that time and had tremendous value for many industrial applications. At times Virginia farmers even had to pay to grow it. Hemp strains were utilized for making rope, creating canvas and even being spun into clothing.
On top of that, the British, still seeing hemp as a necessity for their own naval strength, offered lucrative bounty programs in the hopes of gaining exports from American hemp farmers.
At the time, hemp was invaluable to a naval force. The strength of the rope produced by hemp came in handy aboard ships and as such, it was one of the most important crops that could be grown in a country that had an active navy.
Oil from the seeds was used to create things like paints or varnishes. Overall, the plant was primarily looked at as a cash crop for all of its uses.
However, also according to the Washington Post, when doing a cost analysis of deciding which would be the best crop to grow, he realized that wheat would be the most financially rewarding cash crop for Mount Vernon. However, this didn’t mean he wasn’t interested in growing hemp for his estate’s own use.
One such country was Britain, which saw the necessity to have significant crops of the planet. Growing hemp would be necessity for colonial Virginia to support the British. This is where the growth of hemp was introduced into colonial America.
As both sides go back and forth, many different strategies are utilized to make their points effectively. One method, sometimes used by marijuana supporters, is to bring the Founding Fathers into the debate. After all, many people claim George Washington himself used marijuana and didn’t he also grow hemp?
George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1797.
These bounties were what initially interested George Washington in growing hemp as a cash crop. The term cash crop means he was intending to sell the plants harvested instead of using them for his own self.
The marijuana legalization debate goes on within America, with both sides working diligently to achieve their own goals. Prohibitionists try to point to