U.S. Politicians Who Inhaled

Not all of them Exhaled, Apparently.

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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.


Senator Ted Cruz


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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 Bernie Sanders


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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.


Governor Jeb Bush


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During a 2015 GOP Presidential Debate, ”low energy” Jeb, as President Trump called him, admitted to marijuana use. The next day, he tweeted an apology to his mother.


Governor Gary Johnson


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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.


Governor Sarah Palin


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You betcha the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee inhaled. Palin, who many thought would serve in Trump’s administration, believes the federal government’s war on drugs is misguided and recently called marijuana legalization “no big deal.”


Congressman Newt Gingrich


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The former congressman, who stumped heavily for President Trump’s election, and who has made buckets of cash as a consultant for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, smoked a little green in college. Apparently, Newt never exhaled. Before slithering away from Congress, Gingrich sponsored H.R. 4170: Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996. If enacted, a couple of ounces could have earned a person a mandatory death sentence. Seriously.


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

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After being crowned Mr. Olympia in 1975, the future movie star/ republican politician was filmed lounging on a couch with a plate of food in his lap and joint between his lips. Years later, he confirmed what we all knew: “I really smoked it…and I inhaled.” He’s now the “Boss” on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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When Michael Bloomberg ran for NYC mayor in 2002, the NORML Foundation ran full-page ads with the following Bloomberg quote: “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it” The quote was a response Bloomberg gave a reporter when asked if he’d smoked marijuana. Many expected Bloomberg would run as a third party candidate against Trump. While that never took place, the billionaires battled it out on the national stage, slinging insults at each other in speeches and via social media.


Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

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Rohrabacher, a republican congressman from California, was rumored to be on the short list for Trump’s Secretary of State. He is also the only politician to admit to using cannabis while in office. The congressman says cannabis helps with his arthritis pain and sleep.

Congressman Rohrabacher sponsored the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013. It failed. Needless to say, he is a cannabis ally.





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