50 most influential Pot Smokers in 2013
November 22nd, 2013
Categories : Blog
There are a lot of famous and influential people out there that have enjoyed cannabis. Although it may not be their intention, they go a long way to disprove the stigmas that are associated with smoking marijuana. Here are our top 50 famous stoners:
1. President Barak Obama
“Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends.” – David Maraniss from the biography “Barack Obama: The Story”.
2. Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
“Judge Thomas disclosed to Administration officials and the Senate that he had smoked marijuana in college and possibly in law school.” An official commented that "It's an old story, not new news (…) we view it as a minor matter."
3. Jon Stewert
“I don’t think marijuana should be illegal”
4. Oprah Winfrey
“Let’s hang out after the show [and smoke marijuana]” joked TV host Andy Cohen. “Okay, I hear it has gotten better” replied Oprah.
5. Bill Gates
“Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice…”
6. Stephen Colbert
“I smoked a lot of pot… and that is how I got to know people.”
I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished “Izzo.”
8. Bill Maher
“Smoking pot does not equal laziness. Weed was something I could always justify because it excited my brain.”
9. Bill Clinton
"When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two.”
10. John Kerry
“Yes” (when asked if he had smoked weed in the past).
11. George Soros
"He said he had tried marijuana, enjoyed it, 'but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years.'"
12. Andrew Cuomo
“I did experiment with marijuana”
13. Senator Rand Paul
“They [Rand and a friend] took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.”
14. Dr. Sanjay Gupta
“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States [about marijuana], and I apologise for my own role in that.”
15. Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”
16. Lady Gaga
“I smoke a lot of pot when I write music”
17. George Clooney
He visits a coffeeshop in Amsterdam a few times a year.
18. Lebron James
He has admitted that himself and his teammates smoked marijuana one night in a hotel.
19. Rush Limbaugh
Rush has admitted in a Playboy interview to have smoked marijuana twice.
20. Brad Pitt
“We have spent a trillion dollars. It's lasted for over 40 years. A lot of people have lost their lives for it... It's an incredible failure... [T]he drug war is actually being used to hold a portion of our society down... It's criminal in itself... The only way to end the war on drugs is to take the profit out of it... [W]e have to look at the what-if-everything-was-legal and people were allowed to make their own choices... If you decriminalise, then they could control the quality... And I would propose you would have fewer deaths.”
21. Ted Turner
It is reportedly common knowledge at CNN that Ted Turner would sit in his office and smoke marijuana.
22. Jennifer Aniston
“I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.”
23. Morgan Freeman
“It's just the stupidest law possible... You're just making criminals out of people who aren't engaged in criminal activity. And we're spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can't win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It's stupid.”
24. David Letterman
In response to the question, “Were you heavily into drugs?” he responded, “Only grass. I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, a really breath-taking, amount of grass almost every night”
25. Martha Stewart
“A girl and a guy were smoking joints, and they had them in their hands like this [demonstrates holding a joint], and I said boy, those are sloppy joints.”
26. Seth Rogan
“There are probably 400 people getting murdered at this second, and these two cops are taking an hour to write up my court summons for smoking a joint... That just seemed so...ridiculous to me.”
27. Andrew Sullivan
“I find the way people trivialize this issue [of marijuana prohibition] to be infuriating. I hold it to be self-evident that people should be allowed to grow plants in their own gardens, regardless of what kind of plants they are... I do think the prohibition on this is outrageous... What we're living through is a farce.”
28. Susan Sarandon
“I'm way way back in the early pot, and mushrooms, organic, not all these chemical things that split you and do horrible things. They're too antisocial.”
“I support Proposition 19 [to legalize marijuana] because it controls cannabis like alcohol, making it harder for minors to get marijuana. Proposition 19 will also allow police to focus on more violent crimes and generate billions in revenue to fund vital services in California.”
29. Matt Damon
"The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and step-father. They were like, ‘If you are going to do this, we'd rather you did this with us.’"
30. Govenor Sarah Palin
"I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.”
31. Quentin Tarantino
“This war on drugs and the mass incarcerations that have happened pretty much for the last 40 years has just decimated the black male population. It's slavery... All the reasons that they have for keeping this going are the all same reasons they had for keeping slavery going after the whole world had pretty much decided that it was immoral. It's an industry.”
32. Johnny Depp
"Look, I have nothing to hide, I’m not a great pothead or anything like that? But weed is much, much less dangerous than alcohol."
"It wasn't because I was excited about you [Speaking to David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on."
34. Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. is reported to have started smoking weed at the age of 8.
35. Bryan Cranston
“Pot always just made me sleepy. As a teenager I had friends who wanted to get high and go to concerts. But if I smoked a joint, I would pass out before the first song.”
36. Elton John
“Many governments don't value the lives of their own citizens because of needless stigma and criminalisation of drugs... Laws are passed that shun the poor, show no forgiveness for those who break the law and discriminate against immigrants and minority communities.”
37. Snoop Lion (Snoop Dog)
“It makes me feel the way I need to feel”
“Kush rolled, glass full… I prefer the better things!”
39. Rick Steves
“I try to desensitize people to the word marijuana, as we're not doing a counterculture guidebook but one aimed at a mainstream, older audience. Our government has spent billions of dollars trying to make it an evil weed, but for a lot of people it's a friendly weed. I think it's good citizenship to reconsider a law that might be causing more harm than good. Today's marijuana laws — like the laws against alcohol during Prohibition — are causing more harm to our society than the drug they are designed to protect us from.”
“I'm so busy with my work while on the road that I don't have time to smoke pot. I wish I could smoke more.”
40. Hugh Hefner
“Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”
41. Oliver Stone
“I went to Vietnam, and I was there for a long time. [Using marijuana] made the difference between staying human or, as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast.”
42. Maya Angelou
“Angelou settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon.”
43. Sir Richard Branson
Not only does Richard smoke pot, he does so with his 21 year old son.
“With calls for Congress to end the federal war on marijuana, it's currently estimated that the annual revenue that would be raised in California if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana would be $1,400,000,000! The work that could be done with those funds in providing a progressive approach could have an incredibly positive impact on those communities worst affected.”
44. Conan O’Brien
“I’ve tried pot, but it doesn’t do much for me. And I’m not one of those people who gets high on life; life really does not get me high.”
45. Governor John Hickenlooper
“As I've already been open about in the past -- and as I assume many would expect -- I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others”
46. Seth Mac Farlene
“One of the last times I was stoned, I was convinced that I would die unless I kept moving my body. So I sat there, baked, waving my arms around like a crazy person."
47. Angelina Jolie
“I’ve done coke, heroin, ecstasy, LSD, everything, but the one that had the worst effect for me was pot. I felt silly and giggly and I hate feeling like that.”
48. Tom Brokaw
“…what I did was experiment with a little marijuana like a lot of other people and walked away…”
49. Michael Phelps
Claims the photo of him smoking a bong was a “lapse of judgement”.
50. George W. Bush
He refused to answer questions about his use because “he didn’t want some little kid doing what I tried”