Washington, D.C., just became the next in line in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, with Initiative 71 passing overwhelmingly. So now adults in Washington can toke up legally.
Even before the legalization of marijuana on Capitol Hill, the drug laws in the U.S. have always been a hot topic for America, where the policies vary by state. Having said that: U.S. politicians are not complete strangers when it comes to getting high.
Here are, in no particular order, 10 politicians who have admitted to doing the dance with Mary Jane:
1) Arnold Schwarzenegger
The bodybuilder turned actor turned governor of California admitted to smoking marijuana.
2) John Hickenlooper
"As I've already been open about in the past – and as I assume many would expect – I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others and certainly wouldn't encourage through public policy,” said the 42nd governor of Colorado, according to Media Awareness Project.
3) John Kerry
"Yes,” said the current secretary of state when he was asked if he’s ready to admit to having used marijuana. The admission came on a television show, On The Issues.
4) Michael Bloomberg
"You bet I did. And I enjoyed it,” said the former mayor of New York City during interview with New York magazine. He said this before running for mayor and as it turns out, wishes he didn’t.
5) Rand Paul
The Republican senator of Kentucky was accused of kidnapping and blindfolding a female student while under the influence of the drug during his college days in Baylor University, an anonymous woman relayed to GQ magazine. To this day, he has not denied being high, although the kidnapping allegations have been cleared up.
6) Andrew Cuomo
"I did experiment with marijuana when I was a youth," said the 52nd governor of New York, according to New York Daily News.
7) George W. Bush
"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried," was the former president’s remorseful response on the matter, according to The New York Times.
8) Bill Clinton
"I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and didn't like it. I didn't inhale and I didn't try it again,” he admitted in 1992 during a televised interview.
9) Barack Obama
"When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point,” he announced on television. The U.S. president, as it turns out, believes in admitting the truth – which was that it was “reflective of the struggles and confusion of a teenage boy."
10) Sarah Palin
"I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled,” said the former governor of Alaska, according to CBS News. She admittedly chose to inhale at a time when it wasn’t illegal in Alaska.
Perhaps Bill Clinton shouldn’t be included in the above list as he made it a point not to inhale it. Or at least not to admit it. But there you have it – all the way from the top, these political bigwigs have enjoyed being high.