The Choom Gang’: 9 juiciest details from Barack Obama’s days as a pothead (2012)


via Free Republic

The “audacity of dope”? In his memoir Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama admits having smoked marijuana during high school, but newly released excerpts from David Maraniss’ upcoming biography Barack Obama: The Story paint a picture of a truly committed pothead.The “giggle-worthy” details — many attributed to Obama’s high school buddies collectively known as “the Choom Gang,” after the slang term for smoking marijuana — are “right out of a buddy stoner flick,” says Adam Sorensen at TIME. Here, the most scandalous allegations:

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Pot users show drop in IQ from adolescence to adulthood

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While smoking marijuana is sometimes touted for its ability to dull pain,  research has emerged showing that it also significantly dulls the mind – especially in teenagers.

A new study of more than 1,000 children in New Zealand, following them from  birth to the age of 38, found that those who began using cannabis during their  adolescence showed a decrease in their general intellectual ability, as measured  by IQ tests, from childhood to adulthood.

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