That time a President's son got high with Willie Nelson at the White House
Country-Western legend Willie Nelson enjoys a great view. It's also well-known that he enjoys smoking marijuana. There's even a well-known country song about protecting oneself from getting into Nelson's allegedly potent stash.
In a 2015 interview with GQ, Nelson admitted what he'd long neglected to answer. His insider friend was actually Chip Carter, otherwise known as James Earl Carter III, son of then-President Jimmy Carter.
Nelson, after admitting that his friend "looked a lot like...could have been, yeah..." Chip Carter, he goes on to say that the incident wasn't anything to brag about.
"... at the time, seemed like the thing to do. We were there, and there it was, and uh…why not, you know? And they have a great view from the roof."
When asked if he hid the story and his friend's identity to keep from embarrassing the President, Nelson denied it, saying President Carter knew his own son and that he definitely knew the Red-Headed Stranger.
President Carter with Willie Nelson and friends. (National Archives)
Chip Carter, now 65, says Nelson told him not to tell anybody.
For all the talk of staying out of Willie Nelson's weed, Nelson has started his own proprietary brand of marijuana, calling it "Willie's Reserve." You can pick it up from dispensaries in Washington, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon.
"I've bought a lot of pot in my life," Nelson told GQ. "And now I'm selling it back."