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. Obama 2012 says:

      I think President Obama would love to be the President who legalizes marijuana if he believed it were politically feasible. It’s up to us to make the environment one in where being pro marijuana legalization is not only politically possible but a political necessity.


      The worst thing we can do is sit at home and let Romney win (and nominate more far right wing judges.) This is not going to be a war we win this year… we need to be smart and look at the long term repercussions of what we do.

    2. Barbara Sommars says:

      I wish Barack would let his inner Barry out. After reading this story, I like him even more. I’ve always thought he is more human than Romney and this story makes him even more human. I love it!

    3. Jay Matthew says:

      @Obama 2012 ^ EXACTLY. Lets be a little more practical pot heads.

    4. Ron Paul 2012 says:

      @ “Obama 2012” ….really? “politically feasible” …how is it not? Oh, because the dirty politicians dont want to throw up the white flag and admit to being wrong. Why shouldnt we just let Romney win? Look at Obamas policies, and look at Romneys, they are identical. I mean, they are both backed by the same Goldman Sachs money…

      we need to stop electing frauds and, yes, look at the long term repercussions of what we do by electing these frauds into office.

      doesnt anyone like Liberty anymore?

    5. Ron Paul 2012 says:

      @ barbara – “more human”? is that how you pick your president?? stop watching foxnews and cnn.

    6. LessBiased says:

      I think Obama 2010 is right. He’s not ramping up anything of the sort; he simply can’t legalize marijuana because of the ignorance of the American people and Congress. He simply laughs about it because it is somewhat of a comical idea. When the current young generation becomes the rulers of America, weed will be legal. It’s just going to take some time.

    7. Secruss says:

      ” After reading this story, I like him even more. ”
      Even though he fully authorizes tossing people in jail and ruining their businesses over the same thing?

      “if he believed it were politically feasible.”
      Marijuana legalization is politically feasible. About 56% of Americans favor legalization.

      I’ll be writing in/voting for Ron Paul in November no matter what. He’s the only candidate that has consistently been in favor of the legalization of marijuana. Even since the ’80s.

    8. Hettie G. says:

      Well of course the president was an avid pot smoker. I guarantee that atleast 60% of the country was an avid pot smoker at one time or another. And of course he won’t address it publicly, its an election year and with all the “conservatives” that are in running for offices, it looks like it’d be a politcal flush down the toilet for him to address it. Corporate donors and big $$ donors would potentially drop out yada yada yada…just sayin that’s prolly the thinking behind the avoidance to the issue. I’m not a party person or anything but if romney gets the rep nomination, then im voting obama because if we get highly “conservative” people on the hill, marijuana reform will be impossible. we need a candidate who is non partisan…a candidate who uses logic rather than faith and financial influence to make law-like decisions. what sucks is i would LOVE to run for prez as an independant, solely for the opportunity to stop bickering in congress and in global relations talks. it is baloney that big wigs that get the most people to give them the most money based on their faith(s)(no offense to anyone) can get into office but the average american joe who actually has GOOD ideas and solutions to the country’s problems doesnt have a shot to get into office. whats worse is that even the average american joe with good ideas can’t express them to their representatives for serious consideration. you receive a dear john automated response that comes with a big middle finger and a big “f@#& you, we dont really care about what you think cause we’re out for ourselves.”
      Haha cmon NORML, pick me if you wanna help sponser a candidate for the US prez 🙂 i’ll help marijuana law reform and fairness, no problem and i’ll do it by being, gonna shock ya, HONEST!
      –Hettie G.

    9. nick says:


    10. B.M. says:

      Don’t be so foolish. Ron Paul or Garry Johnson would be much better than Obomney.