Several states are giving voters the power to legalize marijuana this election year.
And, this got us to thinking: how many politicians have either smoked weed or voiced their support for it?
So, we did our research and discovered that the list is pretty freaking extensive.
Prior to prohibition, many politicians were known for growing cannabis in the USA -- including some of our nation's founding fathers and presidents. And, post-prohibition, many politicos have admitted to the recreational use of the plant (think mayors, governors, members of the House of Representatives, senators and presidents).
Here's our list of the "Top 10 Politicos ... On Pot" for your toking, er, reading pleasure.
TOP 10 POLITICOS ... ON POT
- Michael Bloomberg
“You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.” ~ Michael Bloomberg (2001)
- Bill Clinton
“When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it and didn’t inhale and never tried it again.” ~ Bill Clinton (1992)
- Dan Quayle
“Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana. … We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.” ~ Dan Quayle (1977)
- Sarah Palin
“If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things that our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society that are appropriate for law enforcement to do and not concentrate on such a, relatively speaking, minimal problem that we have in the country.” ~ Sarah Palin (2010)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007)
- Barack Obama
“Look, when I was a kid, I inhaled. Frequently. That was the point.” ~ Barack Obama (2006)
- Gary Johnson
“Pot smokers may be the largest untapped voting bloc in the country. … A hundred million Americans have smoked marijuana. You think they want to be considered criminals?” ~ Gary Johnson (2011)
- Ronald Reagan
“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.” ~ Ronald Reagan
- Ron Paul
“Why don’t we handle the drugs like we handle alcohol? Alcohol is a deadly drug. What about — the real deadly drugs are the prescription drugs. They kill a lot more people than the illegal drugs.” ~ Ron Paul (2011)
- George Washington
“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere.” ~ George Washington
Want to see where your state's polticos stand? Check out this snazzy pot-info chart on the NORML stash blog.
Video: "I didn't inhale." - Bill Clinton
FAMOUS POT-GROWING POLTICIANS (PRE-PROHIBITION)
|Benjamin Franklin||1706–1790||President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania||Independent|
|Andrew Jackson||1767–1845||President of the United States||Democratic|
|Thomas Jefferson||1743–1826||President of the United States||Democratic-Republican|
|Abraham Lincoln||1809–1865||President of the United States||Republican[I]|
|James Madison||1751–1836||President of the United States||Democratic-Republican|
|James Monroe||1758–1831||President of the United States||Democratic-Republican|
|Franklin Pierce||1804–1869||President of the United States||Democratic|
|Zachary Taylor||1784–1850||President of the United States||Whig|
|George Washington||1732–1799||President of the United States||Independent|
FAMOUS POT-SMOKING POLTICIANS (POST-PROHIBITION)
Video: "Because I Got High" by Afroman
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