Elvis Presley was a narc! Richard Nixon gave Elvis a badge and made him an official federal narcotics officer.
If there is any part of Elvis Presley’s life that we all know about, and know well, it is his drug use. The uppers, downers, pills, injections, and many physicians on staff to get him the goods.
But, apparently his love for pharmaceuticals did not spread to our very favorite drug, marijuana. Elvis Presley was anti-cannabis!
In 1970 Elvis was called into a meeting by President Richard Nixon, who was launching the federal government’s War on Drugs (which has been continued unsuccessfully by every administration since). According to Smithsonian,
Elvis was traveling with some guns and his collection of police badges, and he decided that what he really wanted was a badge from the federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs back in Washington. “The narc badge represented some kind of ultimate power to him,” Priscilla Presley would write in her memoir, Elvis and Me. “With the federal narcotics badge, he [believed he] could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.
And he got one!
“Presley indicated that he thought the Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit. The President then indicated that those who use drugs are also those in the vanguard of anti-American protest.”
“I’m on your side,” Elvis told Nixon, adding that he’d been studying the drug culture and Communist brainwashing. Then he asked the president for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
“Can we get him a badge?” Nixon asked Krogh.
Krogh said he could, and Nixon ordered it done.
And Elvis was most likely high as shit at the meeting! Funny, yes, but hypocritical.
Thanks to our buds at Stuff Stoners Like for reminding us about this story.