Ron Cogswell, Creative Commons Attribution License
While President Donald J. Trump claims he has never used tobacco or alcohol, much less cannabis, plenty of modern-day politicians have admitted to trying a tad of cannabis. And with 60% of U.S. adults in favor of marijuana legalization compared to only 28% in the late seventies we expect to see more politicians talk about their past, and even current, cannabis use.
Here are a few politicians who admitted to using cannabis. All of them factored into the Presidential election and/or are connected to President Trump’s administration.
When Senator Cruz was running for President, a campaign spokesperson said the Texas Senator had “foolishly experimented with marijuana” as a youth, but that “it was a mistake, and he’s never tried it since.” While he doesn’t personally agree with marijuana legalization, Cruz supports states’ rights to choose how to handle marijuana and thinks the federal government should recognize those rights as well.
Senator Sanders told a crowd of supporters that he only smoked marijuana twice in his life and that he didn’t get stoned either time. Still, he supports legalization and believes marijuana should be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s schedule of controlled substances.
The Libertarian Party’s Presidential nominee and former governor of New Mexico hasn’t touched alcohol in 30 years. He prefers cannabis, which isn’t surprising considering Gov. Johnson served as the CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc. until January of 2016.
Fun Fact: Cannabis Sativa Inc.’s current CEO is former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel.