Marijuana consumption is already legal in Uruguay [and] President Jose Mujica’s leftist government will send a bill to Congress shortly on this as part of a package of measures to fight crime in the South American country.
The government will also urge that marijuana sales be legalized worldwide, Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernandez Huidobro said, adding the measure could discourage the use of so-called hard drugs.
David Maraniss’ book, Barack Obama: The Story, describes Obama as a marijuana enthusiast:
“When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted ‘Intercepted!’ and took an extra hit.”
Maraniss also describes Obama’s technique of “roof hits” while hot-boxing cars.
“When the pot was gone, they tilted their heads back and sucked in the last bit of smoke from the ceiling.”
Obama has been less than shy about his drug use in the past, writing about the topic himself in Dreams from My Father,
“Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”
"There’s a big wave of support that really wants to see some intellectual dialogue take place and not this fear-mongering and misrepresented information. This is the first time I’ve ever stood up for an issue and nobody – to my face, anyway – has said it’s bad or horrible.
"I’ve had widespread support; heaps of people from what I’ve considered to be conservative, Right-wing, and elderly."