The Presidents Who Admitted To Smoking Weed
Today is PresidentвЂ™s Day and in honor of some of the greatest men to lead our country, we have decided to dig a little deeper into who they really were.
And instead of talking about what bill they passed or what treaty they signed, we wanted to see which of them blazed. You will be shocked to find out which presidents smoked bud!
This may or may not change your perception of our country and our founding fathers. These are the presidents who admitted to smoking weed:
13. George Washington
Washington routinely smoked marijuana to alleviate the pain from his ailing teeth. WashingtonвЂ™s diary recounts his efforts to cultivate better and enhance his crops of marijuana.
12. Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson grew cannabis on his plantation and smuggled Chinese hemp seeds to America. He also is believed to have given special smoking blends out as personal gifts which is why he makes the list.
11. James Madison
Madison once remarked that hemp gave him insight to create a new and democratic nation.
10. James Monroe
Monroe began smoking it as Ambassador to France & continued to the age of 73.
9. Andrew Jackson
Jackson has been documented to have smoked cannabis and tobacco cigars along with the troops he led.
8. Zachary Taylor
Like Andrew Jackson, Taylor is said to have smoked with his troops in one or more of the many wars he was in.
7. Franklin Pierce
Continuing a popular theme of the era, Pierce also smoked with his troops as a General in the Mexican-American War. In a letter to his family, he says cannabis is вЂњabout the only good thingвЂќ in the war.
6. Abraham Lincoln
Quotes (real and fake) about Lincoln enjoying hemp are all over the internet. While there remains some debate as to whether Lincoln really sparked up, many resources point to yes.
5. John F. Kennedy
Close acquaintances say Kennedy used cannabis regularly to control his back pain (even during his term) and actually planned on legalizing marijuana during his second term.
Along with his efforts to legalize marijuana, some say Carter also hosted many marijuana smoke filled events at the White House. This leads most to assume Carter at least tried it at some point in life.
3. George W. Bush
Bush publicly refused to answer the marijuana question. He was later caught saying he refused to talk about it, вЂњbecause I donвЂ™t want some little kid doing what I tried.вЂќ
Clinton famously stated that he smoked but вЂњdidnвЂ™t inhale.вЂќ He has been known to bend the truth every now and then, so he still makes the list.
Even though he joked off many Americans wishes to legalize marijuana, Obama has been very open with his own marijuana smoking in the past, once saying: вЂњI inhaled frequently. That was the point.”
Today is PresidentвЂ™s Day and in honor of some of the greatest men to lead our country, we have decided to dig a little deeper into who they really were. And instead of talking about what bill they passed or what treaty they signed, we wanted to seeвЂ¦
11 US Presidents Who Smoked Marijuana
While we’re really sure about the last three presidents’ history of pot smoking, the historical record is unclear about some of the rest. Here’s a look at the tokers and anti-tokers in the White House.
YES #44 – Barack Obama:
The current president wrote about his cocaine and marijuana use as a youth in Hawaii and famously said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point,” when running for president in 2008.
YES #43 – George W. Bush:
Dubya was known as a cocaine user in his younger days, but he would never respond to questions about his marijuana use. Later, he told 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.”
YES #42 – Bill Clinton:
Slick Willie famously said, “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again,” when asked about his marijuana use. In true Clintonian fashion, he may have been telling the truth. The late Christopher Hitchens, who attended Oxford with Clinton, said Bill had an affinity for pot brownies, so he may not have ever tried “it” (inhaling) ever again.
NO #41 – George H. W. Bush:
It’s probably safe to say Poppy Bush never touched a reefer. He is the president who brought us the Drug Czar’s office and closed off the experimental federal medical marijuana program when AIDS victims started applying en masse. On the “scourge” of drugs, Bush specifically called for “intolerance” of drug users and prophetically announced that “Some think there won’t be room for them in jail. We’ll make room.”
NO #40 – Ronald Reagan:
Given that he died from Alzheimer’s disease, it is a shame the Gipper wasn’t able to embrace the cannabis medicine that could have protected his brain. Not that he would have used it, since Reagan told us, “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.”
NO, BUT… #39 – Jimmy Carter:
Jimmy Carter says he’s never smoked pot, but there’s no doubt his son Chip did on the roof of the White House with Willie Nelson. Still, Carter 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.”
NO #37 – Richard Nixon:
Tricky Dick is the one who brought us this War on Drugs in the first place. The Nixon Tapes are replete with Nixon’s mix of irrational hatred of marijuana and non-white races and ethnicities, with quotes like, “I want a Goddamn strong statement on marijuana, I mean one that just tears the ass out of them. You know, it’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish.”
YES #35 – John F. Kennedy:
JFK used marijuana to deal with severe back pain, according to a few written accounts, including “John F. Kennedy: A Biography”, which described 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.”
From President #17 Andrew Johnson to President #34 Dwight Eisenhower, we have almost nothing in the way of historical record of presidents smoking pot. Pre-Civil War America was a land of hemp farmers and slaves who could commonly roll up some hemp leaf as a smoke. Post-Civil War America heralded the development of pre-rolled tobacco cigarettes and prejudice against the Mexican immigrants who smoked “marihuana”. Cannabis was becoming a patent medicine, so perhaps some presidents used it in that fashion. But by the turn of the 20 th century, the temperance movement was in full swing and states were beginning to prohibit cannabis. Pot smoking is not likely to be something the late 19 th and early 20 th century presidents wanted recorded for posterity, if they did it at all.
NO #16 – Abraham Lincoln:
The internet abounds with people claiming Honest Abe loved “a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.” Hohner didn’t make harmonicas until two years after the alleged quote and didn’t export them to America from Germany until 1868, four years after Abe’s assassination. Also, that oft-cited “Prohibition… goes beyond the bound of reason…” Lincoln quote? It’s a fake, written by a former mayor of Atlanta in 1922 to court black voters to oppose alcohol prohibition. That doesn’t necessarily mean Lincoln didn’t partake; we just have no proof that he did.
YES #14 – Franklin Pierce:
One of three military men to become president who enjoyed smoking marijuana with the 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.
YES #12 – Zachary Taylor:
Another of the three military men who smoked marijuana with the troops.
YES #7 – Andrew Jackson:
Third of the three military men whose letters referred to smoking marijuana with the troops.
YES #5 – James Monroe:
Openly smoked hashish while he was Ambassador to France and continued smoking it until his death at age 73.
YES #4 – James Madison:
The “Father of the Constitution” claimed that hemp gave him the insight to create a new democratic nation.
YES #3 – Thomas Jefferson:
In addition to farming hemp, Jefferson was Ambassador to France during the hashish era there. At risk of imprisonment if caught, Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China known for their potency to America. However, as far as our research takes us, he never said or wrote, “Some of my finest hours have been spent sitting on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
YES #1 – George Washington:
The father of our country kept meticulous diaries, wherein he noted “Sowed hemp at muddy hole by swamp” away from the hemp he grew 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. There is also indication he used hemp preparations to deal with his toothaches.
While we’re really sure about the last three presidents’ history of pot smoking, the historical record is unclear about some of the rest. Here’s a look at the