The 44th president of the United States and a type of marijuana became the talk of social media after a video on Twitter started trending. The person in the video said they met someone who tried to sell them “Obama Runtz” in Atlanta.
“This (N-word) running around Magnolia talking about Obama Runtz … I ain’t never heard of Obama Runtz a day in my life,” they said.
😅😅😅😅 big azz 4PF chain on pic.twitter.com/j0p5gJPvSa
— 🦖 (@MoolLifeMb) May 20, 2020
The phrase has produced dozens of memes, including a package with his image and the words “Obama Runtz.”
Hmu for that Obama runts lmao pic.twitter.com/uUFf3LYBWu
— Rudy Cortez (@RudyCortez15) May 20, 2020
Others have said if that type of marijuana was available, they would want it.
"Obama Runtz" is that some new kush? That shit sound like some fire. pic.twitter.com/zsDGtnVEX5
— BlackLarryLegend (@yunghustlas) May 20, 2020
Obama Admitted To Smoking Marijuana In College
In the book Obama wrote in 1995, “Dreams From My Father,” he admitted that he had used marijuana.
In David Maraniss’ book, “Barack Obama: The Story,” Maraniss wrote about a college-age Obama who came up with inventive ways to “choom” (smoke marijuana):
As a member of the Choom Gang, Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends. The first was called “TA,” short for “total absorption.” … Along with TA, Barry popularized the concept of “roof hits”: when they were chooming in a car all the windows had to be rolled up so no smoke belw out and went to waste … Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted “Intercepted!” and took an extra hit.
Obama’s stance on legalizing marijuana has changed over the years. In 2015, NBC News reported that Obama said that he believed marijuana should be decriminalized but not legalized.
However, a year later, Obama told Rolling Stone that he believed that marijuana could be treated in a similar fashion as other substances that are at risk of being abused: “I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea,” he said. “But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is the much smarter way to deal with it.”
Obama also said that he would support medical marijuana, with some caveats, in 2007.
Obama Already Has A Type of Marijuana Named After Him
According to Leafly, Runtz is a rare, hybrid of the marijuana brands Zkittlez and Gelato that is in high demand; it supposedly smells like candy and is “creamy smoke that is smooth and welcoming alongside a euphoric and elevating high that lasts for hours.”
Obama’s name has already been applied to another brand of marijuana — Obama Kush. Obama Kush, according to Leafly, is a mix of Afghani and OG Kush, that produces “powerful physical effects as well as an intense cerebral lift.”
According to Uproxx, “Obama Runtz weed” is not a brand that anyone has heard of: “What likely happened here is that our mystery 4PF-clad street salesman was trying to pass off the moderately strong Obama Kush by sweetening the pot (again, sorry) by attaching the popular Runtz name.”
Obama has not yet said anything about the trending strain of marijuana, according to Newsweek.