Waste of Fame…
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.
Celebrity Stoner #5: Seth Rogan
While this celebrity stoner can also be found on the top 5 most annoying laugh list, Seth Rogen has championed the cause in a pro-active way. A member of NORML, in his last appearance on David Letterman, the wise-cracking host asked Rogen if he was under the influence at that very moment. Rogen replied, “Not very; there’s some residual from earlier somewhere in there…I’m never really at zero.”
Celebrity Stoner #4: 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.
Celebrity Stoner #3: 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.
Celebrity Stoner #2: Woody Harrelson
Another member of NORML’s Advisory Board, Woody Harrelson never shies away from a chance to speak his mind on the legalization issue. In the satirical documentary, “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” Harrelson is featured in the movie’s trailer, asking, “If we’re not free to do whatever we want, as long as it’s not hurting anyone, then what’s the point of calling this a free country?”
Celebrity Stoner #1: Willie Nelson
At the top of 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!
Featured image courtesy Joseph Adams