Almost every Democratic candidate for president in this election cycle supports full federal cannabis legalization. But we can’t talk about the country’s cannabis reform without talking about Barack Obama, America’s first ever “weed president.”
“He came into office with zero fully legalized states, and he left with eight,” “Great Moments in Weed History” co-host David Bienenstock explained.
When Obama, or “Barry” was in high school, he was an open cannabis user. In his 1995 memoir “Dreams From My Father,” Obama admitted to using cannabis in his youth, with a group called the “Choom Gang.”
In 2006, while running for president, Obama was up front about his past fondness of cannabis. During his time in the White House though, he never actively supported legalization efforts—but didn’t ever really fight against them either. In 2014, he explained to The New Yorker where he ultimately landed on the weed issue, stating, “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, but I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
“Currently, Obama in a private citizen living in Washington, D.C., where possession of up to two ounces of cannabis has been fully legal since 2015,” Bienenstock said. “So, here’s hoping he got his Choom groove back.”