A number of United States presidents have admitted to smoking marijuana in their past and some, even during their presidency. America’s first president, George Washington is even known for growing marijuana on his plantation, “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” John F. Kennedy also supposedly smoked weed while in office after joking that he wanted to, so he smoked three joints with his mistress. Now, not every president is or was fit to smoke marijuana because some of them just have strict policies, interesting personality traits, or health issues.
President Richard Nixon is certainly one of the worst presidents to smoke with. Nixon was possibly marijuana’s biggest opponent because he started the War on Drugs by declaring drugs as “public enemy number one.” He also placed marijuana in Schedule I, the most restrictive category of drugs, so if given the chance to smoke, he’d most likely arrest anyone even thinking about smoking. Lyndon B. Johnson is also one of the worst presidents to smoke with because he was an extremely paranoid person. Johnson believed that disloyal followers of Robert Kennedy were seeking to undermine him, and that a huge Communist conspiracy was behind the anti-war protests and racial unrest. Richard Goodwin, Johnson’s Assistant, even showed concern, "I became convinced that President Johnson's always large eccentricities had taken a huge leap into unreason. ... My conclusion is that President Johnson experienced what I believe to have been paranoid behavior." Smoking marijuana would only increase Johnson’s already severe paranoia.