From actors and actresses to technology wizards and religious icons, these celebrity advocates for recreational and medical marijuana aren’t afraid to show their support for legalization.
A highly respected and Oscar-winning actress, Susan Sarandon made fans crack smiles and raise eyebrows when she filled them in on her secret to surviving the annual Academy Awards ceremony—lots of weed.
Techno-wiz and business leader extraordinaire, Steve Jobs credits his boundless creativity to youthful years of recreational drug use, including marijuana and edible brownies. Even though he quit indulging in 1977, Jobs smoked once or twice a week from 1973 to 1977.
The quintessential girl next door, Jennifer Anniston has openly admitted to frequently using recreational marijuana. She spoke candidly with Rolling Stone magazine in favor of government legalization of cannabis products.
When Morgan Freeman isn’t using his dulcet tones to soothe listeners in movies and voiceovers, he also speaks out for legalizing cannabis products. He lauds marijuana’s ability to reduce pain and has famously said, “I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!”
Cameron Diaz has also spoken out numerous times in favor of cannabis products. As it turns out, the infamous Snoop Dogg was her dealer when they were both students at the same rough and tumble high school.
The Dalai Lama
During a trip to Mexico in 2013, the Dalai Lama spoke in favor of the legalization of medical marijuana. Although he cautioned against reckless recreational use, that’s still a strong endorsement coming from a Nobel Peace Prize winner, global symbol for peace, and man whom Tibetan Buddhists around the world believe to be the reincarnated Buddha of compassion.
On April 19, 2012, singer Rihanna posted a montage of photos that show her rolling up a blunt at Coachella. While the pop icon regularly wears shirts and jewelry boldly displaying marijuana imagery, this Instagram post stirred up controversy. “I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else,” Rihanna tweeted of the criticism.
The loveable and hilarious Danny DeVito has openly admitted to lighting up with his wife, and he actively supports the legalization of cannabis. He even became smoking buddies with Michael Douglas in 1966 when they met at a playwrights’ convention. “I was a hippy, and so was he, and we were the only ones. So we’d just hang out together and get ripped,” DeVito said about his friendship with Douglas.
As the spokesperson for National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Williams has been a medical marijuana patient since 1999. The television personality has multiple sclerosis, and he believes that “medical marijuana has allowed [him] to live a productive, fruitful life.”
This presidential hopeful believes the War on Drugs failed. He supports not only national medical legalization but also the end of federal recreational regulations. Are you feelin’ the Bern?
Even though the President has not prioritized legalization, he has a history of supporting marijuana legislation, as well as a personal history of use. In response to Bill Clinton’s claims that he did not inhale, Obama said, “I never understood that line. The point was to inhale.”
With this much vocal support coming from respected celebrities, it’s easy to understand the strides being taken to legalize and normalize cannabis consumption.