Presidents' Day is a time to honor the life of first President George Washington, as well as all the other leaders, past and present, of the world's most powerful nation. We have a special place in our hearts for honoring politicians and, of course, cannabis, so on this Presidents' Day we're taking a look back at Presidents of the United States of America who reportedly smoked cannabis.
President Obama famously quipped "I inhaled frequently; that was the point."
George W. Bush
Seems fairly obvious #43 is probably not talking about tobacco in this famous clip.
90's POTUS Bill Clinton said, "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." We'll have to take the president at his word of course, but it's hard to know which is less believable, that he didn't like it or that he didn't inhale.
John F. Kennedy
The Kennedy's Campaigning in WisconsinJeff Dean / Wikipedia
There isn't any photo evidence of Kennedy smoking cannabis, and there isn't a record of him admitting to cannabis use himself. However, in the book John F. Kennedy: A Biography, authors Michael E Meagher Ph.D., and Larry D. Gragg wrote:
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.
President Franklin Pierce might be searching for his lighter in this photo.
Pierce is said to have smoked with his troops during the Mexican-American War. He reportedly wrote that cannabis was "the only good thing" about the war in a letter to his family.
Evidence for Zachary Taylor having smoked cannabis may be more controversial, but there are reports he also smoked with troops.
President Zachary Taylor was high on his horse even if he wasn't high on cannabis.
The seventh POTUS, Andrew Jackson, is also said to have smoked cannabis and tobacco with troops. No word on if he combined the two items into elevated blunts.
Andrew Jackson ignores the battle beneath him and waves his rapier in the air. Was he high?
In Rowan Robinson's The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant the author writes:
James Monroe, the fifth U.S. President, was introduced to hashish while he was serving as ambassador to France, and he continued to enjoy the smoke until he was seventy-three years old.
James Monroe, hashish smoker