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50 Most Successful Marijuana Enthusiasts You Should Know

From Bob Dylan and Rihanna to Bill Gates and Cameron Diaz, here’s what a lot of famous people think about weed

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. 

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Jay Z

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.” 

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Snoop Dogg

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).

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Bill Gates

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.

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Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

If Best Coast’s Cosentino had a patronus, it’d be a stoned cat. The singer-songwriter said in 2010 that although she rarely performs high, she shreds on some ganj when songwriting. Cosentino tokes to spark creativity and manage anxiety, though she doesn’t smoke all day every day, like she once did.

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Abraham Lincoln

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.

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Michael Phelps

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.

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Miley Cyrus

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.

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2 Chainz

Who can forget when Tity Boi schooled legal commentator Nancy Grace on the ins and outs of marijuana legalization in 2015? The rapper – and loving father of two – cited the overcrowding of prisons as a major incentive to reconsider current drug laws. You can also watch Mr. Chainz sample $500 thousand-worth of weed on GQ’s Most Expensive Shit webseries. 

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Tom Forcade (High Times founder)

Combination journalist and smuggler Tom King Forcade (aka Gary Goodson) established grandaddy cannabis culture publication High Times in 1974.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Hall of Famer Adbul-Jabbar tried to bring herb from Toronto back the U.S. in 1998, but he got caught. Police also arrested him on the suspicion he was under the influence of marijuana. Though pot didn’t just score the athlete trouble. At least Tommy Chong attributes schwag for keeping Adbul-Jabbar “playing eight years past his prime.”

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