US country music singer Willie Nelson has confessed to smoking cannabis on the roof of the White House in the 1970s.
The singer/songwriter and longtime cannabis advocate makes the confession in his new memoir, It's A Long Story, which was released on Tuesday.
In the tome, Nelson recalls the 1977 incident, which happened after he spent a brief stint behind bars in the Bahamas for cannabis possession when then-President Jimmy Carter invited Nelson to the White House to thank the singer for his support.
Following a dinner with the US leader, Nelson claims he was taken to the roof of the Washington, DC residence by a "White House insider" to see the city views at night.
Nelson alleges that the unnamed insider offered him a joint, and said, "Getting stoned on the roof of the White House, you can't help but turn inward ... Certain philosophical questions come to mind, like... how the f*** did I get here?"
The singer-songwriter also writes about his passion for cannabis, calling it a loyal drug, which "has never betrayed me. Unlike booze, it had never made me nasty or violent. Unlike cocaine, it never sped me up or fired up my ego."
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