In a new documentary getting released this month, Former President Jimmy Carter (D) discusses the time his son smoked marijuana at the White Residence with musician Willie Nelson in the course of his administration.
In a trailer released final week, Carter is shown speaking about his partnership with the music industry—including his friendship with artists like Nelson and Bob Dylan. At one particular point, he mentions how Nelson, a cannabis culture icon, disclosed in a biography that he smoked marijuana in the course of a trip to the White Residence.
“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White Residence and he says that his companion was one particular of the servants of the White Residence,” Carter mentioned, as CelebStoner 1st reported. “It essentially was one particular of my sons.”
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In his 1988 book, Nelson described “sitting on the roof of the White Residence in Washington, DC, late at evening with a beer in one particular hand and a fat Austin Torpedo in the other. ”
“My companion on the roof was pointing out to me the sights and layout of how the streets run in Washington,” he wrote, getting coy about who he was with. “I let the weed cover me with a pleasing cloud… I guess the roof of the White Residence is the safest location to smoke dope.”
It was later revealed that the 1978 cannabis session on major of the executive mansion involved 1st son Chip Carter.
“Getting stoned on the roof of the White Residence, you can not enable but turn inward,” Nelson wrote in a subsequent 2015 book. “Certain philosophical inquiries come to thoughts, like… How the fuck did I get right here?”
For the duration of his time in workplace, Carter spoke in favor of decriminalizing marijuana possession and replacing criminal penalties with civil fines. But he was not capable to get that policy adjust enacted.
“Penalties against possession of a drug should really not be extra damaging to an person than the use of the drug itself,” he mentioned in 1977, adding that marijuana sales should really nevertheless be strictly criminalized.
Below his administration, the Compassionate Investigational New Drug was established, delivering choose individuals suffering from particular circumstances with access to marijuana joints created with federal authorization.
In 2011, Carter wrote an op-ed for The New York Occasions that criticized the drug war and stated that U.S. drug policies “are extra punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations.”
He also mentioned the following year that he was “in favor” of state efforts to legalize and regulate cannabis. He told a CNN interviewer at the time that “we can watch and see what takes place in the state of Washington for instance, about Seattle, and let the American government and let the American men and women see does it bring about a significant trouble or not.”
But in 2013, he reversed that position, saying he opposed legalization.
“I do not favor legalization. We need to do almost everything we can to discourage marijuana use, as we do now with tobacco and excessive drinking,” Carter mentioned, according to the prohibitionist group Intelligent Approaches To Marijuana. “We have to stop producing marijuana smoking from becoming eye-catching to young men and women, which is, I’m certain, what the producers of marijuana…are going to attempt and do.”
“I hope that Colorado and Washington, as you authorize the use of marijuana, will set up quite strict experiments to ascertain how we can prevent the use of marijuana,” he added. “There should really be no marketing for marijuana in any situations and no driving beneath the influence. We require to prevent the use of marijuana, specifically amongst young men and women.”
The new documentary, “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President,” will roll out with restricted theatrical displaying starting on September 9, followed by a physical release a month later. It will then air on CNN on January three, 2021.
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