Hail to the Kief!

President’s Day means a three-day weekend, and for some of us, cannabis may play a role in the celebration of our nation’s leaders. Here’s a look at four modern presidents who’ve used our favorite plant.

  • Bill Clinton 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 it, and never tried it again.” Sure, Bill. Whatever you say.
  • Barack Obama, on the other hand, admitted, “When I was a kid, I inhaled. That was the point.”
  • George W. Bush has been more open about his use of cocaine than his dalliances with cannabis, but he once said, “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana question. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.” Sounds like an admission to me!
  • John F. Kennedy suffered from a litany of physical ailments and occasionally used cannabis to combat chronic back pain. A passage from John F. Kennedy: A Biography states, “On the evening of July 16, 1962…Jim Truiett, 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.”

This list is by no means exhaustive. Before the scourge of prohibition, hemp played a major role in the building of our nation. Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison were huge proponents and farmers of the versatile plant.

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