It’s fairly well-known that many politicians have used marijuana during their younger days, and yet now support prohibitionist policies. But there are only a few out there who have openly admitted to using cannabis to further highlight their hypocrisy.
Here are eight anti-marijuana politicians who used marijuana:
1. Barack Obama
Former president Barack Obama openly discussed using not only marijuana but also cocaine during his teenage years. And while Obama did eventually soften on marijuana by the end of his presidency, throughout most of it he continued and pushed prohibition. If he had embraced the issue earlier, perhaps we’d have more legalized states.
2. Michael Bloomberg
The former Mayor of New York City and possible 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg was once asked if he ever used marijuana. He responded, “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.” Despite his enjoyment, Bloomberg has repeatedly spoken out against legalizing cannabis. Apparently only billionaires should be allowed to enjoy marijuana.
3. Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio is the current mayor of New York City and often see as one of the most progressive politicians in America. Despite that, he still says he doesn’t support legalizing recreational marijuana. However, he did admit to using cannabis in college, so apparently he’s aware that marijuana use is a gateway to the New York City mayor’s office.
4. Andrew Cuomo
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s softened his stance on marijuana legalization in recent months. In the past he said he would not support allowing recreational cannabis, but now he supports a commission studying the issue. He’s also refused to allow medical marijuana patients in New York to smoke their medication because it’s damaging to a person’s health, even though he’s admitted to smoking marijuana while younger.
5. Newt Gingrich
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has perhaps the most ridiculous defense by a politician of using marijuana. In 1996, he was asked about why it was ok for him to use marijuana when he was younger but now he’s ok with other people going to jail for it. He responded, “When I smoked it was illegal, but not immoral. Now, it is illegal AND immoral. The law didn’t change, only the morality. That’s why you get to go to jail, and I don’t.”
How does doing something moral in the past become immoral in the future?
6. John Kasich
The Governor of Ohio and former presidential candidate John Kasich has a mixed record on marijuana. While he did sign a bill that allowed medical cannabis in the state, he’s been accused of making the program excessively restrictive and refuses to support recreational marijuana. He also got annoyed when he admitted to using marijuana in the past, probably because he realizes it makes him look like a giant hypocrite.
7. Rick Santorum
Rick Santorum is a former senator from Pennsylvania who’s also unsuccessfully run for president. As one of the most conservative politicians in America, he obviously disapproves of marijuana legalization. Yet, he also admits to using cannabis during his college years. Apparently it’s only not a gateway drug when he does it.
8. Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz is another uber-conservative who opposes marijuana legalization. In fact, Democrats are attempting to use the issue to help sway people to vote against him this November. And yet he’s also admitted to using marijuana while he was younger. At least he’s said he’s ok with states choosing to legalize the drug.