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Former DC Mayor: Snorting Coke Was Like Having Sex

Marion Barry Ben's Chili Bowl
Marion Barry speaks during the 55th Anniversary of Ben's Chili Bowl on August 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. Kris Connor—Getty Images

In his new tell-all autobiography

Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s autobiography Mayor for Life includes a colorful (and enthusiastic) description of the first time he snorted cocaine.

“I exhaled instead of inhaled and blew all of the powder off the card,” Barry writes about when an unidentified woman offered him his first hit in the 1980s. After he managed to get the correct technique, says Barry, it “felt like I had ejaculated.”

“The cocaine was a powerful stimulant that went straight to my penis,” he says.

The infamous mayor managed to secure reelection in 1994 despite a 1990 arrest on drug charges. He now serves on D.C.’s city council.

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