Bill Maher Rips 'Pothead' Obama

Bill Maher
Bill Maher on Obama: ’How can our first black president and our first pothead president just look the other way?’

On the latest Real Time, Bill Maher spent several minutes chastising Pres. Obama for his pot policy and called medical marijuana the equivalent of "don't ask, don't tell."

"If Republicans were smart they would steal marijuana from the Democrats as a freedom issue. Of course they'e not smart so they won't because they're squares living in a Reefer Madness cartoon, a cartoon where millions of Americans are still trapped in a no-man's land where a pot dispensary can sell you weed if you have a 'card' from a 'doctor' who certifies that you have a 'disease,' which is just don't ask, don't tell for pot smokers. And it creates a culture of dishonesty that gives a bad name to people like me who genuinely suffer from whatever it is I told them I had. But this isn't about me, it's about the three-quarter million people who are arrested for simple possession every year, and the fact that blacks are arrested at seven times the rate of whites…

"I bet there's one pothead who you all know. Oh not any more but here he is back in high school with his stoner posse the Choom Gang posing with a cake that I'm guessing didn't last long. And it makes me curious why he evolved so much on gay marriage but has actually escalated the war on pot. At the correspondents' dinner he joked, 'I remember when buzz feed was something I did in college around 2 am,' which killed in the room, but perhaps not so funny to all the young lives ruined for doing the exact same thing he did back in Honolulu. A simple pot conviction can foreclose on opportunities to vote, get a job, go to college or qualify for housing. How can our first black president and our first pothead president be aware of that and just look the other way? If anyone can say smoking pot won't ruin your life, it's the guy who smoked bales of it and then became leader of the free world."

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.