Though cannabis advocates and activists are still pushing for federal legalization, marijuana has been legalized for both medical and recreational uses in many states in the US and around the world. This progress reflects the destigmatization of cannabis as a dangerous drug and its growing acceptance for medical benefits and the ability to provide relaxation and enjoyment.
We already know that Miley Cyrus, Snoop Dogg and Seth Rogen are pro-cannabis. However, many stars are more discreet. These celebrities have plenty of reasons as to why they smoke, so make sure to read on to find out which stars love to light up.
1. Bella Thorne
Even though she once was openly against cannabis, Bella Thorne started smoking weed to get out of the headspace of a particularly emotional role.
Recently, she made an impressive achievement as a cannabis entrepreneur. She’s teamed up with a California-based cannabis and hemp company to launch her own brand ‘Forbidden Flowers’. What’s more, she’s also got a new CBD brand in the pipeline, as well as a hemp line set to be launched in markets outside California.
2. Woody Harrelson
Actor Woody Harrelson is a proud advocate for legalizing cannabis and is a member of the advisory board of the National Organisation for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The organization works to legalize responsible adult cannabis use and wants to ensure the safety and quality of cannabis for users.
3. Morgan Freeman
In a 2015 interview, Morgan Freeman admitted his love for cannabis, saying that it is the only thing that eases his Fibromyalgia pain. He strongly supports the movement to legalize cannabis, his reasoning being simply that it has ‘many positive benefits’.
4. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga revealed that she has struggled with debilitating Fibromyalgia for many years. As a result of this, it’s not surprising that she regularly consumes cannabis.
It’s a common suggestion that autoimmune disorders are potentially more bearable with the help of cannabis.
In fact, Lady Gaga claims it ‘helped heal the pain’, a statement that many regular cannabis users can agree with.
Pop star Rihanna is a proud cannabis lover, and her Instagram page is definitely a visual representation of her stance. Riri even launched her own line of cannabis products.
6. John Legend
Aside from being a Grammy-awarded singer and songwriter, John Legend is also a proud legal cannabis advocate. In 2013, he was quoted by Huffington Post on the legalization and decriminalisation of cannabis; ‘I think we need to legalize marijuana. There is no good reason to continue the prohibition, and we need to consider ending prohibition in general,’ he said.
Legend has also partnered with PLUS products in recent years to introduce his own line of CBD edibles, as he has long been a believer in the benefits.
7. Bill Gates
One of the richest men alive, Bill Gates, is a supporter of cannabis. He publicly backed the 2012 referendum for legalizing the substance in Washington.
Reports reveal that Gates would always choose cannabis over any other pharmaceutical as his ‘medicine of choice’.
8. Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner
The Game of Thrones stars and IRL best friends proudly told their crowd at New York Comic-Con how they relax and switch off after long, stressful days of shooting: each night after filming they’d have sleepovers, smoke and just watch ‘stupid videos’.
9. Megan Fox
Megan Fox has definitely made her appreciation for cannabis known. In 2009, the actress told British magazine GQ that she hopes the US government will legalize it.
10. Patrick Stewart
In early 2017, the famous star publicly announced that he proudly smokes weed every day. He went on to vocalize his support of Oxford University’s cannabis research, sharing that cannabis has helped aid several body pains throughout his life and even improved his personal well-being.
11. Jennifer Aniston
In an interview, Jennifer Aniston openly discussed her love for weed. She said that smoking every once in a while helps her to declutter her mind from stress. She believes that consuming anything in moderation will never really cause damage to a person’s body, which is why she is so openly vocal about her experiences with cannabis.
12. Pete Davidson
Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson is open about his frequent cannabis consumption. He has struggled with Borderline Personality Disorder for many years and claims that marijuana helps him manage his condition and stay all-around well-balanced.
He’s also shared that cannabis use aids his symptoms of Crohn’s disease, and increases his appetite.
13. Anthony Bourdain
If you haven’t read Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling book Kitchen Confidential yet, it might come as a bit of a surprise to you that the gruffly suave and worldly celebrity chef and TV host is no stranger to weed… but then again it may not. In the book, Bourdain details a number of incidents where weed plays a primary role, along with copious amounts of other substances including amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and various other pharmaceuticals and psychedelics.
14. Matthew McConaughey
The fact that Matthew McConaughey is a marijuana user might be less surprising. In any case, the star of Dazed and Confused (among many other films) definitely has a close relationship with weed, as was made apparent during a much-publicized incident involving a noise complaint, marijuana, smoking paraphernalia, bongos, and his naked self.
15. Amy Poehler
The Saturday Night Live alumni and now star of Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler is known for her deadpan humor and razor sharp timing. What not everyone knows however is that the blond comic is also familiar with the ways of cannabis. In fact, her stint at SNL included a “Weekend Update” segment which was often littered with marijuana references. In a particular memorable spiel, she even made a very, very thinly veiled reference to buying weed from her dealer, which left no doubt in many people’s minds that one of the most recognizable personalities on Saturday night TV was something of a weed fan.
16. Zach Galifianakis
For many people, Zach Galifianakis first entered into public consciousness with his wacky portrayal of a character in The Hangover who wasn’t quite all there. While the role may or may not have been directly informed by Galifianakis’s pot use, the actor has made no secret of his affinity for the kind bud. In fact, an appearance on Bill Maher’s Real Time (HBO) caused quite an uproar when the lovably quirky actor lit up what looked like a marijuana cigarette. Although Maher later claimed that the cigarette actually contained “cloves or something”, Galifianakis’s subsequent public endorsement of marijuana left no doubt in many smokers’ minds that Zach was indeed one of them.
17. Seth Rogen
This one is probably less surprising than all the rest. The star of numerous Hollywood blockbusters, Seth Rogen was the perfect fit for Pineapple Express, a comedy about a mythical strain of marijuana. In fact, most of Rogen’s cinematic roles depict him in varying degrees of familiarity with marijuana.
It’s not very often that a celebrity uses their fame for activism. Well, let me rephrase, it’s not often they use their fame to endorse the use of marijuana…on purpose (Michael Phelps). But here’s a quick rundown of the top 5 celebrity stoners, or weedebrities.
18. Tommy Chong
One half of the comedy team that revolutionized stoner comedy, Tommy Chong is one of the world’s most recognized pro-marijuana activists. Starting his career as a musician, it wasn’t until Up In Smoke that he reached full-blown celebrity. In 2003, the company owned and operated by Chong’s son, Paris, was the primary target of the $12 million government operation known as Pipe Dreams. Of course, Tommy Chong was the real target and he turned himself in under the condition that his family would not face charges. He plead guilty and received a sentence of 9 months in federal prison, a fine of $20,000, and forfeiture of $103,514. On a side note, Operation Pipe Dreams lifted its name from the Cheech and Chong movie, Nice Dreams. How clever.
19. Bill Maher
No celebrity stoner has had a more polarized fan base than comedian/talk show host, Bill Maher. Never afraid to speak his mind, damn the consequence, Maher, who is on the NORML Advisory Board, often delivers scathingly sarcastic diatribes about repealing the country’s drug laws using his political debate show, Real Time with Bill Maher, as the vehicle. “I’m getting tired of being treated like a criminal or second rate citizen by people who, through their preference for liquor or pills for mood alteration, show not a superiority of taste, but an inferiority.” Love him or hate him, rest assured, he doesn’t care.
20. Willie Nelson
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Last on our celebrity stoner list is The Godfather, the Chairman of the Board (actually Co-chair of NORML Advisory Board), the Red Headed Stranger, himself, Willie Nelson. This American icon, now 80, is arguably one of the most successful and prolific song writers in history. Nelson, who bleeds activism and THC, has been an outlaw since he helped create a sub-genre of country music, dubbed Outlaw Country. Never one to shy away from a cause he believes in, Nelson is also one of the world’s most famous activists, from anti-war to the plight of American farmers (Farm-Aid), from disaster relief to legalization. After a 2010 possession charge, he created the Tea-Pot Party, under the motto, “Tax it, regulate it, and legalize it!” Remember, he was only 77 years young back then. Damn young people today, I tell you, with their long hair and guitars and that weed smoke!
Celebrity stoners: Breaking the stereotype of the average stoner
At the end of the day, celebrities are human too and in some ways, their enjoyment of cannabis just makes them that more relatable.
With many US states and countries around the world legally accepting the use of cannabis both on a medical and recreational level, it’s no surprise that Hollywood’s stars are in on the change.
Whether they just appreciate the high, or experience relief from medical conditions, it’s clear that more celebrities than ever are turning to cannabis and aren’t scared to share it.
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