Barry Obama Loved Marijuana, President Obama Now Locks People Up For It

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director May 25, 2012

    [Editor’s note: The infamous Chinese animators at New Media Animation (NMA) poke some good fun at America’s first known cannabis connoisseur president,  ‘Barry’ Obama. Watch animation here.]

    New insight into the early life of Barack Obama has been recently made available in the form of excerpts from the forthcoming biography, “Barack Obama: The Story.” Apparently young Barry Obama, like countless of his contemporaries, enjoyed partaking in the use of marijuana. The president even was a trendsetter amongst his peers:

    As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.”

    Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of “roof hits”: when they were chooming in the car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke blew out and went to waste; when the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.

    He also was unafraid to go against proper smoking protocol:

    Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted “Intercepted!,” and took an extra hit. No one seemed to mind.

    What is clear from these anecdotes is that not only did Barry Obama try cannabis, but he was what many would refer to as a recreational user, a “stoner” if you will. Which begs the question, when exactly did Barry Obama, who participated in three foot bong hitting contests, become President Barack Obama, who laughs off the issue at town hall meetings, oversees the annual arrest of 850,000 Americans for marijuana violations, and ramps up the war against medical marijuana to new heights?

    It is time the President says publicly what he already knows personally: Responsible marijuana use should not be a crime and it is time we put an end to the war on cannabis consumers.

    Read more marijuana related excerpts here.

    146 responses to “Barry Obama Loved Marijuana, President Obama Now Locks People Up For It”

    1. Cheri Sicard says:

      The major difference between Obama and the scores of people incarcerated for marijuana “crimes” is Obama never got caught. Had he gotten arrested and been incarcerated for his youthful marijuana use, it’s safe to say he probably wouldn’t be president today. How many promising young students’ dreams have to be destroyed by having a drug conviction on their records before this nation and its so called leaders wake up to how destructive and utterly absurd out marijuana laws are?

    2. earthmama says:

      Ron Paul 2012!!

    3. Crafty says:

      The headline (as well as the premise of this article) is misleading since the president has little control over the existing policies and activities of law enforcement. Obama himself doesn’t actively perpetuate and enforce prohibition of marijuana, he has merely done nothing to speak out in favor of repealing the war on weed. He is capable of doing it, but it would likely cost him the election if he addresses the issue before his second term is confirmed. He probably also just wants to get the more important legislation (like healthcare, education and economic reform) done first before something as arguably frivolous as “freeing Mary Jane.” =)

      [Paul Armentano responds: “He is capable of doing it, but it would likely cost him the election if he addresses the issue before his second term is confirmed.” And you substantiate this belief how? According to the most recent nationwide Msson-Dixon poll, 74 percent of respondents – including 67 percent of self-identified Republicans – believe that the Obama administration should “respect the medical marijuana laws” in those states that have legalized its use, cultivation, and distribution. According to this week’s nationwide Rasmussen Poll, nearly six out of ten American voters believe that the personal use of marijuana should no longer be a criminal offense, and 56 percent of Americans say that the substance ought to be legalized like alcohol. So why would anyone think that Obama speaking in favor of marijuana law reform would decrease his support? Doing so would actually put his position in line with the public’s existing sentiment.]

    4. Monica says:

      @Ron Paul 2012 re your comment to @barbara:

      Shut the hell up!

    5. Daniel says:

      I wonder if “Barry” and his pal Bill Clinton in fact DID inhale.

    6. jbkorn02 says:

      What would actually get him to respond about this issue. He has completely ignored everything we have tried so far. So seriously, WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO TO GET HIS ATTENTION?

    7. Grey Oak says:

      Barry is a fake. Gary Johnson 2012!

    8. Sean says:

      Lmao I dont think anyone has realized that his intials are BHO

    9. MatteroflibertyMatterofliberty says:

      I really think we need a good explanation from Obama as to how much better his life would be today if him and the rest of the Choom gang were rounded up and prosecuted to the full extent of federal and state law for their actions.Which begs the question, what state was he in during all these “crimes?”

    10. Jeremy says:

      Ron Paul supports legalization, he is actually winning several hundred delegates, no to Obomney. Ron Paul 2012! Vote for liberty. Destroy the establishment.

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