New Obama Book Reveals Extensive Marijuana Use

 by lucy

The new unauthorized book about President Obama, his family, and his life thus far, “Barack Obama: The Story” contains some very revealing information about the President’s marijuana use as an adolescent.  While the President has admitted to using marijuana in his younger years, the book makes it seem as though it was an integral part of Obama’s life.

In detailing Obama’s teenage years in Honolulu, author David Maraniss explains that Obama was a member of the “Choom Gang.”  Choom is a slang term with a number of meanings, one of which is “to smoke marijuana.”  As a leader in the group, Obama, then referred to as “Barry” by his friends, coined the term “TA,” or total absorption, meaning that you must fully inhale and get the most out of your marijuana-smoking experience.

According to the book, Obama also created the concept of “roof hits.”  He and his choom gang friends would hotbox their car, then when all the smoke was gone they would go out of their way to suck in the last of the smoke from the roof of the car.

A member of the Choom Gang explained that “wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated.”  If group members didn’t fully let the smoke absorb into their lungs, they were penalized and not allowed to take a hit the next time a joint was passed around.

In an excerpt from the book, Maraniss writes of marijuana’s abundance in Honolulu at the time: “In the Honolulu of Barry’s teenage years marijuana was flourishing up in the hills, out in the countryside, in cover greenhouses everywhere.  It was sold and smoked right there in front of your nose; Maui Wowie, Kauai Electric, Puna Bud, Kona Gold, and other local variations of pakololo [marijuana] were readily available.”

Unauthorized biographies are often taken with a bit of skepticism because they have not been reviewed or approved of by the individual they are written about.  However, Maraniss says that he conducted thousands of interviews, many of them with Obama’s childhood friends and fellow Choom Gang members, so there is potential that many of the stories are actually accurate.

Tales of Obama’s teenage exploits aren’t shocking, and there are probably plenty of stoners out there who would have wanted to be friends with Barry, were they in Hawaii in the ’70s.  The reason the stories are surprising is that Obama has been so anti-marijuana throughout his presidency.  DEA raids and strict drug laws under Obama’s administration have put thousands of people in jail.  Some of those people were probably teenagers and young adults just looking to get “TA” and have a good time smoking with their friends, just like Barry was.

Drugs were seemingly a large part of Obama’s lifestyle, and the hypocrisy that has been shown during his presidency regarding marijuana legalization is unfortunate, to say the least.  As Penn Jillette recently highlighted, if Obama had been arrested and prosecuted under the laws that he supports today, he would never have had the opportunity to be President or live the life that he now has.

Perhaps it is time for Obama to take a step back and acknowledge that marijuana users can be positive members of society (yes, they can even become the President one day) and that the laws he’s enforcing are doing more harm than good to many members of the American population.

“Barack Obama: The Story” by David Maraniss will be available for purchase on June 19, 2012.  Maraniss has previously written biographies of Bill Clinton and Vince Lombardi.


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15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    said on May 25, 2012

    He isn't even american so why is he president?

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    Alejandro said on May 25, 2012

    Oh, come on not this shit again, Zach. I thought people were done with that.

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      said on May 25, 2012

      If selling out to corporate interests and flip floping more than a sea-saw at a kids playground is american, then "barry" is as american as they come. i think american= want personal liberty at the expense of everyone elses's.

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    BA said on May 25, 2012

    Gary Johnson 2012

  4. 2

    Bobbyjoe42 said on May 26, 2012

    I hate @Zach… Someone Please ban him from the site

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    Bobbyjoe42 said on May 26, 2012

    All of you idiots voting for Ron Paul… You are essentially giving A MORMON RETARD , Mitt Romney votes

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      said on May 26, 2012

      Hmmm that makes since voting for ron paul is giving mitt romney a vote. What's your problem Sophie?

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    DenseNugs said on May 26, 2012

    Mitt is worse for cannabis than "Barry". I don't think i will ever see a "good" president in my lifetime.

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    Elvers said on May 26, 2012

    I think Obama is playing a political game! we call it chess. and right now he's got some moves on him but he's not going to play all the cards yet. were talking about Romney hanging him self if he hasn't done it already by lie-ing saying he had something to do with car bailouts?! he wasn't even in the white house at the time.!! and some of you republican idiots will vote for him because they'd vote for a wart hog if it were republican on the ticket. the majority of the american people don't use their heads

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    said on May 28, 2012

    There's always pressure from both sides so much to the point that I don't think I'll see a "good" president in my life time either man. Nothing will work save giving people their freedoms but they will always try to impose on the freedoms of others. I'm really hoping for a social shift before America goes to hell in a hand basket carried by both the democratic and republican parties.

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    said on May 28, 2012

    Haha at elvers. Voting for warthogs :) . Made me laugh

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    irie_mountain_rx said on May 28, 2012

    This writer seems legit hes obviously telling the total truth he got from the interviewies. So sad to see him using tax dollers agaist MMJ. Here in Bozeman we felt the full effect of his nonsense a year or so back when the DEA raided a few big dispensiers. Obama smoked way to much weed recreational when he was a kid or has fallen into the political game sadly.

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    2ThaDome said on May 29, 2012

    "Obama" is "president" (more like dictator) because he is simply a puppet paid off by foreign mega banks (such as goldman sachs) that also fund his campaign. He sold out to corporations in return passing legislation to make it easier for his criminal buddies to pilage and steal from the american population. He holds himself accountable only to them and other foreign interests/entities like the U.N., its obvious he doesn't give a flip what the american people think. I mean he didn't ask us if it's cool to raid(terrorize) all these dispenseries, nor did he seek our approval to pass the National Deffense Authorization Act or the National Deffense Resources Preparedness order that establishes his authority to basically declare martial law. The government is supossed to be accountable to us, not the other way around, the feds aren't even geovernment any more it's technically fascism. And no president has the power to clear things up or even set the people free, the people, all of us, are going to have to take the power back. For "freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppresser, it must be demanded by the oppressed." – MLK Jr.

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    DocDabALot said on May 31, 2012

    Fucking greed.
    That's all I have to say.

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