by Keith Stroup
“I wanted to share this note I received from a friend today, reminding us of the night 32 years ago today when our old friend, and chair of the NORML Advisory Board, Willie Nelson smoked a joint on the roof of the White House.
It’s Thursday, September 13, 2012, and on this date 32 years ago Willie Nelson performed on the South Lawn of
Nelson revealed his midnight toking in his autobiography — he called his joint “a big fat Austin torpedo” — although it wasn’t a revelation that surprised anyone: The great country singer has at least as many marijuana arrests as wives (four), and he’s on the board of directors of NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
President Carter wasn’t up on the roof smoking with Willie Nelson, although it might have helped him relax. September was a trying time for the 39th president in 1980. The U.S. economy remained in the dumpster, the Iranian hostage crisis showed no signs of abating, and it had dawned on Carter that Ronald Reagan was a tough customer.
The former president, a longtime dry fly fisherman, found solace by tying flies alone and reading the Bible at night. But on this evening 32 years ago, Carter derived pleasure from hearing his old pal team up with the first lady on a spirited rendition of “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother.”
Thanks, Willie, for all you do for the legalization movement, even after all these years!”