President Barack Obama, when in office, was no friend of cannabis. Sure, he allowed Washington and Colorado to go legal, but his Justice Department also unleashed a massive crackdown on California cannabis businesses, and he certainly slept on his chance to reschedule. When a hiker passed Obama on a trail in Hawaii and urged him to “legalize it,” the president politely ignored him.
On the other hand, Obama was also the first American president to openly acknowledge using cannabis. One biography even described the young Barry O. as a champion pot smoker—a reputation that inspired not only national news headlines but also a memorable sketch by Key and Peele.
Obama himself maintains that his cannabis use dropped off after transferring to Columbia University from Occidental College in Los Angeles—where, this reporter and Occidental alumnus has heard, he used to call roommates after his evening classes and tell them to “light up the long bong.”
According to a new book, however, he’s back at it.
Obama Punts on Cannabis Reform
The former president now “spends much of his time at his home just blocks from the White House playing video games, chatting on the phone with celebrity pals, smoking marijuana and popping cannabis-infused gummy bears,” Edward Klein, a former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief, writes for the conservative website World Net Daily.
Video games and infused gummy bears? Color us skeptical.
Klein first made the claims in his new book, All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump, in which he quotes “a close Obama family friend” who said Obama “sees himself as sort of a hipster ex-president, a cool guy.”
Most of the allegations seem to turn on longtime criticisms of Obama as a self-absorbed “celebrity” president—or worse,