By Therin Miller | Sept 15, 2020
“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House one night when he was spending the night with me,” Carter says in the documentary, as quoted by People magazine. “And he says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants in the White House. That is not exactly true — it actually was one of my sons, which he didn’t want to categorize as a pot-smoker like him.”
The story has been a long part of American political folklore, with Willie sharing his account in many different interviews and books throughout his long musical career. in 2015 Nelson half-heartedly acknowledged that it was actually President Carter's son Chip, who climbed to the top of the white house roof and toked it up with him.
After a 2015 interview with Willie and GQ Magazine, Vice called Chip to ask him about the 420 session, when the reporter asked Chip if it was indeed him he reportedly confirmed the incident by saying “Well, he told me not to ever tell anybody,” before hanging up.
President Carter has not always been keen on the legalization of cannabis even though he pushed for decriminalization in 1977 and has in recent years been back and forth on being for it or against it. He is quoted saying in 2012
“I’m in favor of it. I think it’s OK,” Carter said at the time. “I don’t think it’s going to happen in Georgia yet, but I think we can watch and see what happens in the state of Washington for instance around Seattle and let the American government and let the American people see does it cause a serious problem or not.”
More recently in 2013 President Carter fears that "Big Cannabis" will target the young people and therefore switched is opinion on cannabis saying he is against it and would not be in favor of legalization.