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.
Whoopi is a major player in “the niche market” of marijuana products specifically targeted to alleviate menstrual cramps. Since launching in 2016, the line includes tincture, body balm and bath soak. “Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can”t smoke a joint and go to work,”she said.
B Real started dabbling in California’s medical marijuana field in 2015, but the band were outspoken endo users long before. Remember the group’s classic collaboration with Sonic Youth for the Judgement Night soundtrack? That alone would put them in any weed hall of fame.
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.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield not only slung herb growing up in Queens, when they rolled out the Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream company, it included flavors like Cherry Garcia. The guys have even said they’d be open to infusing their treats with weed where it’s legal – yet regrettably this has yet to become a reality.
Combination journalist and smuggler Tom King Forcade (aka Gary Goodson) established grandaddy cannabis culture publication High Times in 1974.
“Legalize It” is an anthem for a reason, so please respect.
Playing a weed dealer as recurring character Silent Bob, Smith’s art imitates life. Smith signed off on two branded bud strains to promote 2014’s film Tusk. He has also said he started sparking up daily at age 38 and feels super productive stoned. Smith wrote, directed, and starred in last year’s TV movie Hollyweed – a project unassociated with January’s Hollywood sign prank.
UFC fighter Diaz has no qualms pluming it up with his CBD-loaded vape pen on live television. Three companies created personalized bongs for both him and his UFC fighting brother, Nick, who was suspended due to marijuana use at the time of the unveiling. Nick has also called himself the “No. 1 athletic stoner – besides Michael Phelps.”
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.”
The wrestler says using marijuana helps him stay positive when fighting.