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40+ Politicians Who Smoked Marijuana

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A list of politicians who smoked marijuana. Smoking pot may lead to tragedy, but it can also lead to the White House. That's right, even Barack Obama and Sarah Palin have smoked weed. Many also point to America's history with cannabis, which continues to be one of the US's largest cash crops. Some even point to the Founding Fathers, who were hemp farmers, and even suggest the American Eagle on the seal of the United States should be a clutching a pot leaf within its talons.

To be fair though, while many of our early politicians definitely grew hemp, there is sparse evidence to suggest they actually smoked it or even knew of its medicinal/psychoactive properties (unlike our modern politicians). With efforts on the rise to further legalize marijuana, it might not be long before we see cannabis growing within the White House garden.
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    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic Party

    Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the...  more
  • 2

    BirthplaceThal, Styria, Austria

    NationalityAustria, United States of America

    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American politician, actor, filmmaker, and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the 38th...  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceSandpoint, Idaho, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Republican Party

    Sarah Louise Palin ( (listen); née Heath; born February 11, 1964) is an American politician, commentator, author, and reality television personality, who served as the ninth governor of Alaska from...  more
  • 4

    Thomas Jefferson

    Dec. at 83 (1743-1826)

    BirthplaceShadwell, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic-Republican Party

    Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceHope, Arkansas, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic Party

    William Jefferson Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the...  more
  • 6

    Benjamin Franklin

    Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer,...  more
  • 7

    BirthplaceSt. Elizabeth's Medical Center

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Michael Rubens Bloomberg KBE (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. As of April 2019, his net worth was estimated at $62.1 billion, making him...  more
  • 8

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    NationalityBritish America

    George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention...  more
  • 9

    David Paterson

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Alexander Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of New York, succeeding Eliot Spitzer and serving out nearly three years of Spitzer's term from...  more
  • 10

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Republican Party

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865....  more
  • 11

    Andrew Jackson

    Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

    BirthplaceWaxhaws

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Jacksonian Democratic Party

    Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American soldier and statesman who served as the seventh president of the United States from 1829 to 1837. Before being elected to the...  more
  • 12

    Ed Koch

    Dec. at 89 (1924-2013)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Irving Koch ( KOTCH; December 12, 1924 – February 1, 2013) was an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic, and television personality. He served in the United States...  more
  • 13

    James Madison

    Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic-Republican Party

    James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to...  more
  • 14
    Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos; July 15, 1951) is an American media personality, actor, author, retired professional wrestler, and former politician who served as the Mayor of Brooklyn Park...  more
  • 15

    James Monroe

    Dec. at 73 (1758-1831)

    BirthplaceMonroe Hall, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic-Republican Party

    James Monroe (; April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831) was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat and Founding Father who served as the fifth president of the United States from 1817 to 1825. A member of...  more
  • 16

    Franklin Pierce

    Dec. at 65 (1804-1869)

    BirthplaceHillsborough, New Hampshire, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic Party

    Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 – October 8, 1869) was the 14th president of the United States (1853–1857), a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the...  more
  • 17

    Zachary Taylor

    Dec. at 66 (1784-1850)

    BirthplaceBarboursville, Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Whig Party

    Zachary Taylor (November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850) was the 12th president of the United States, serving from March 1849 until his death in July 1850. Taylor previously was a career officer in the...  more
  • 18

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, Southern California, Contiguous United States, 90731

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Bruce Edward Babbitt (born June 27, 1938) is an American attorney and politician from the state of Arizona. A member of the Democratic Party, Babbitt served as the 16th governor of Arizona from 1978...  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceCrystal City, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional basketball player. He served three terms as a Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic Party

    John William Conway (born July 5, 1969) is an American politician from Kentucky. Conway is a member of the Democratic Party and was the 49th Attorney General of Kentucky from January 7, 2008 to...  more
  • 21

    Paul Cellucci

    Dec. at 65 (1948-2013)

    BirthplaceHudson, Massachusetts, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Argeo Paul Cellucci (April 24, 1948 – June 8, 2013) was an American politician and diplomat from Massachusetts. A Republican, he served in the House of Representatives and Senate of Massachusetts,...  more
  • 22

    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lincoln Davenport Chafee (; born March 26, 1953) is an American politician from the state of Rhode Island. He was mayor of Warwick from 1993 to 1999, a United States Senator from 1999 to 2007, and...  more
  • 23

    Lawton Chiles

    Dec. at 68 (1930-1998)

    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Lawton Mainor Chiles Jr. (April 3, 1930 – December 12, 1998) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. He served as a United States Senator from 1971 to 1989 and as the 41st Governor...  more
  • 24

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Stephen Ira Cohen (born May 24, 1949) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Tennessee's 9th congressional district, since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Party (if partisan)Democratic Party

    Andrew Mark Cuomo (; born December 6, 1957) is an American politician, author, and lawyer serving as the 56th governor of New York since 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the...  more