The legalization of marijuana in many states across the U.S. – which is, currently, in 20 states and in Washington D.C. – has resulted in a noticeable societal shift. Something of an unspoken fact, marijuana use is quite common in many sectors of society all over the world, but admitting it in public is something that just isn’t done. Celebrities are particularly wary of being too candid about cannabis use, but the tide of legalization has made many more open about indulging in their favorite substance. Nowadays, you are just as likely to hear about celebrities who use marijuana – and are willing to admit it – than those who continue to deny it. Here is a partial list of some well-known celebrities who make no secret of their love for the sticky green!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.