Who says stoners never accomplish anything? From famous actors to writers, innovators and pop stars, this group of 50 has helped change the way society views pot and the people that enjoy it.
The former One Direction member says cannabis helps him be creative and manage anxiety. “Some people say it kills your ambition, some people say it destroys your personality,” he said. “Personally I haven’t had any of them experiences yet.”
Most recently, Hova supported California’s Proposition 64 last fall, thus legalizing recreational marijuana (which did pass! Likely thanks in large part to Mr. Carter, in addition to the fact marijuana is fun and people know this). But that advocacy hardly marked Jay’s first venture into the herb. In 2001, his verse in Beanie Sigel’s “Think it’s a Game” big-ups weed’s creativity-boosting powers with the line, “It’s seldom that I smoke, but it helps my thinker.”
The television host made a solid point about pot’s ridiculous state-by-state laws by sparking a horse-sized jay on Real Time to treat “glaucoma in his third eye.” (This, of course, happened about six years after Zach Galifianakis puffed on his own [albeit fake] doobie while guesting on Maher’s show.)
To manage hip pain, Gaga used devil’s lettuce – until it became a problem. She reportedly got to a point where she was smoking 15 or more joints a day. Although her numbers have sunken since, Gaga has also said, “I have to be high to be creative.” It’s unclear if there’s a connection between the singer and Gaga Edibles, but surely she was at least an inspiration for its fruition.
There’s a reason Cosmos is so fun to watch stoned. Your boy Sagan spent most his adult years as “a secret and avid pothead.”
The D-O-double-G guested on Dr. Dre’s 1999 track “Next Episode,” a track immortalized in bar bathroom Sharpie script for all time as some rendition of the song’s closing line, “Hey hey hey/ Smoke weed everyday.” Then a little over a decade later, Snoop reminded us he’s still hip to the herb with “Young, Wild and Free.” In 2012, Snoop told a Redditor via AMA that, on average per week, he smokes “81 blunts a day x 7,” which, sure. He also has his own line of weed, a G-pen and marijuana culture website (where, full disclosure, this writer publishes a weekly column).
So many teenage blaze mixes featured “Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35,” a song featuring lots of slurry group hollering alongside repeated mentions of getting stoned. Seems like enough evidence on its own, there’s an ongoing rumor Robert Zimmerman also introduced the Beatles to marijuana z- thus inspiring a lot of the foursome’s later, more psychedelic work.
Bill Gates is the man so rich he would literally lose money by bending over and pick up a $100 bill, so it stands to reason he’s pretty smart (plus, that whole co-founding Microsoft thing). He publicly backed the 2012 referendum to legalize cannabis in Washington.
But what about partaking in it?
“As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice.” Stepen Manes wrote in Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry – And Made Himself the Richest Man in America.
Apparently a number of U.S. presidents were kush fans, but it was honest Abe who is quoted all over the Internet as music: “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.” However, some discrepancies remain, as Hohner didn’t even make harmonicas until two years after the supposed quote, according to High Times. What else would the dude be stashing in his beard, if not spliffs stuffed with sweet hemp? Let us dream.
Regaled as one of the greatest Olympic athletes ever, swimmer Phelps was caught taking a massive bong rip (remember, dude’s got good lungs) on camera in 2009 – thus proving you can win gold medals and be fun.
Longtime playmate and coveted girlfriend Holly Madison revealed in her tell-all Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny that Hef nightly puffed before, uh, other rituals.
Bob Marley, patron saint of both dorm room dealers as well as black light velvet posters, is one of marijuana’s most iconic advocates. The reggae musician was kinda just following basic pillars of his Rastafarian religion by smoking weed, touting, “Herb is a plant. Herb is good for everything.” Tight.
Miley Cyrus has never been shy about her love of weed. “When I smoke, I don’t get that sick feeling I get when I drink, or that anger rising up,” she said.
Ultimate shredder Hendrix had a penchant for many substances – one of which, heroin, ultimately claimed his life and ushered him into the 27 Club. However, in a way more gentle sense, the Woodstock legend also dug some doobage. Rolling Stone also considers his 1967 album Axis: Bold as Love the number one greatest stoner record.
Typically associated with LSD and other psychedelics, Dead leader Garcia and the rest of the band are sometimes credited with the advent of weed’s 420 numerical representation.
Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait.
Any list like this would be null and void without the pioneers of stoner comedy.
We can credit the NOLA-raised rapper for the new holy trinity, “Pussy, Money, Weed.“
Carl Sagan said, “Our entire universe emerged from a point smaller than a single atom.” So that helps make it a little less random Dunst counts Sagan’s daughter, Sasha, among her best friends. As such, Dunst told MTV in 2007, “I do like weed. I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does.”
Harrelson reportedly quit the weed drug earlier this year, but not without a three-decade run.
The late, underrated actor was arrested for marijuana possession in 1948. One of the earliest celebrities busted for loving the green.
The bubbly actress who went to school with Snoop says she bought (and presumably smoked with) from him, also.
He gets older, but national marijuana laws stupidly stay the same – largely illegal – even after almost two decades since McConaughey’s celebrated bongo jam sesh bust.
In addition to dropping acid, Jobs was known to toke up and/or eat the occasional pot brownie.