Besides all occupying the oval office, what do George Washington, Andrew Jackson, James Monroe, John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George Bush, and Barack Obama all have in common?
They’ve all allegedly used marijuana recreationally or medicinally at some point during their lives.
In a fascinating piece this morning on The Daily Beast, evidence is laid out that suggests most of our respected political figures knew of the medicinal properties of cannabis and a few of them even grew their own.
“George Washington’s rotting teeth and the dentures that replaced them—made of hippopotamus ivory, gold springs, and brass screws—caused enormous pain, which some believe he alleviated with weed as evidenced from a passage from one of the president’s letters:
“Began to separate the male from female plants rather too late…Pulling up the (male) hemp. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month.”
The implication is that the Father of the Nation was going for female plants with higher THC content.”
To read more about Presidents and cannabis use, check out this great list from Cannabis.info: Pro-Pot Presidents
Here are a few of our favorites:
“James Madison: The ‘Father of the Constitution’ and fourth American president claimed that hemp gave him insight to create a different, modern country. “James Madison was once heard to say that smoking hemp inspired him to found a new nation on democratic principles.””
“John F. Kennedy: Our thirty-fifth president may have smoked Cannabis to relieve back pain, a theory that has anecdotal proof in several forms. One such mention is listed in John F. Kennedy: A Biography, in which a July evening in 1962 is described. According to James Truitt, eventual vice president at the Washington Post, Kennedy smoked pot with Mary Meyer (with whom JFK was also said to be having an affair). “The president smoked three of the six joints Mary brought to him,” the book states. “At first he felt no effects. Then he closed his eyes and refused a fourth joint. ‘Suppose the Russians did something now,’ he said.””
“Barack Obama: Our forty-fourth and current president has spoken candidly about his experimental drug use when a young man in Hawaii, including Cannabis and cocaine. Perhaps his most famous statement regarding pot was when he stated, during his 2008 campaign, “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point.””