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Watch President Obama React To Being Offered Weed In Denver



They say “When in Rome” but that doesn’t always apply when you are the President of the United States visiting Denver, a state that just legalized recreational marihuana.

On Tuesday the POTUS visited the “Mile-High City” and in an attempt to connect with voters spending the night being just an “ordinary guy” with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. During one of his visits to a local bar, an excited patron offered him a some weed but the President played cool, laughed, and shrugged it off.

The whole transaction was recorded in an Instagram video that was uploaded to the social media site with the caption,

“Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot…he laughed! #legalizeit #iinhaled #mrGQ”

He may have turned it down but Obama is no stranger to weed. In his autobiographical book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance he admits to having smoked his fair share of the sticky icky as a teenager growing up in Hawaii. He has since spoken out against those actions saying that they were “bad choices.”


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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