Friday, June 22, 2012

Presidents Who Smoked Pot: Abe Lincoln

"Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." - Abraham Lincoln (from a letter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the Hohner Harmonica Company in Germany)
From a letter written by Abe Lincoln to the head of the Hohner Hamonica company in Germany.

Here are a few other presidential quotes:

Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.
- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.
- George Washington, U.S. President

We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.
- John Adams, U.S. President

Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana.

I inhaled frequently. That was the point.
- Barack Obama, U.S. President

The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our nation's marijuana laws. -Barack Obama, January 2004

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