The cannabis plant has been used for generations, by all sorts of people. Marijuana has been used in religious ceremonies, historical evidence that smoking pot has been going on for thousands of years.
The era of cannabis prohibition that we are currently living under in the United States is a recent one, as cannabis has not even been illegal in the country for a hundred years, being officially outlawed in 1937.
Back then the Federal Government was pushing propaganda that if someone smoked marijuana, or offered someone the opportunity to smoke weed, they were offering a drug that creates “murder, insanity, and death”.
This is quite obviously inflammatory propaganda pushed by a government that simply wanted to push mass hysteria, while also maintaining their racist positions by the spelling of “Marihuana” in much of their propaganda as well, which was targeted at the minority groups, in particular Hispanics and African Americans.
What’s so Special about Marijuana?
The marijuana plant or cannabis has plenty of evidence to suggest that it can help individuals that have issues such as chronic pain, nausea, and a whole laundry list of other medical conditions.
This all comes with much less severe, or long lasting side effects than the substances that are currently available in pharmacies all across the world. Considering that even medicines such as tylenol have been cited as the nation’s leading cause in acute liver failure across the country.
Medical cannabis has been shown to help those with qualifying conditions, and the Department of health does recognize the medical benefits of cannabis, yet it is still considered a Schedule I substance federally.
Make that make sense. How can a substance be classified as something with no medical value, and a high risk for abuse, also have medical benefits? Medical marijuana is something that is still not presently available in all 50 states, something that easily needs changing.
There are plenty of famous people who have been outspoken in their support of such a reality, as many celebrities participate in their state’s medical marijuana program, or live in places where cannabis is (thankfully) legal.
This article will look to highlight some of the biggest names using cannabis, or have used cannabis in the past, and still found great success. Here are some of America’s most famous pot smokers.
One of the biggest stars, and most recognizable names in the music industry, Willie Nelson has been known for his cannabis use, and has been extremely active on the front of legalization.
Nelson, speaking on behalf of cannabis, stated:”I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”
Willie is also known for legendarily “out-smoking” Snoop Dogg while he and Snoop filmed a music video in Amsterdam. Snoop was reported to have “crawled away” from the table. Snoop Dogg later went on to confirm this legend, stating that Willie Nelson is the only person that has ever outsmoked him.
Seth Rogan, one of the most popular comedians in Hollywood has been completely unapologetic about his cannabis use throughout his career. He even created a film entitled Pineapple Express (yes, like the strain) with his close friend James Franco, as a testament to his love of cannabis.
Rogan has even launched his own cannabis brand, Houseplant, which also carries assorted cannabis accessories, pottery, as well as the cannabis flower itself. He also offers education on marijuana including the effects of marijuana, or how to roll a joint.
Rogan on his cannabis use: “I wake up in the morning, I make a cup of coffee, and I roll a joint,” Rogen says. “I drink my coffee as I smoke my joint, and I continue smoking weed until I go to sleep”
NFL, and NCAA star halfback Ricky Williams has been using cannabis since his senior year of high school. He initially began to smoke as a form of self medication as many do, while grieving over a breakup.
He has since maintained that cannabis has helped him immensely with his Social Anxiety Disorder, as well as dealing with the insane amount of bodily stress that NFL players undergo. Williams, being a running back, had the ball in his hands quite frequently and was known as a “power back”.
You can check out his top 10 plays here.
Since retiring from the NFL, Ricky has launched his own cannabis brand called Real Wellness, which specializes in holistic cannabis products. As well as this, he has begun branching into herbs such as cayenne pepper, and lavender, in order to play into as much western and holistic healing that his company possibly can.
Ricky retired abruptly from the NFL in 2004 due to this repeated punitive treatment doled out by the NFL about his marijuana use.
Speaking on retirement, he stated: “At the time I decided to retire in 2004, there really wasn’t any such thing as advocating for patients’ rights in regards to cannabis. I was an underachiever who decided to give up millions of dollars and a future to go smoke pot.”
He also has stated that it is his ultimate goal in life to remove the stigma of cannabis use, and to expose many of the half truths and lies that are spread about the drug, and to create a more equitable world in cannabis.
Perhaps the most famous person on this list due to immediacy, Sha’Carri Richardson. Richardson has made headlines recently as she was banned from international competition as an Olympic sprinter due to a positive test for marijuana. Keep in mind, she was in a legal state when she consumed the cannabis.
Richardson is also quite the unbelievable athlete, which made this ban sting even more for the United States, as she is the record holder for the 100 M sprint in the entire NCAA. The rallying cry of “Let her run” has appeared all over social media in recent weeks and it is totally fair. There is no reason other than outdated rules within this country, and on the Olympic board.
Currently, the only acceptable cannabinoid available for olympians to freely use, is cannabidiol, or CBD. CBD is a non psychoactive compound that has been shown to help with chronic pain, as well as releasing anxiety and worry. I think the world is at a point where if an olympian can smoke pot, and still not just win, but obliterate her competition, then she should have been able to run.
Prior to the Olympics, Richardson was also coping with the loss of her mother, and was using cannabis to get out of her own head, and feel a sense of calm and relief. The fact that these trainers will willingly refer their olympians to an opioid prescription before they offer them marijuana is asinine.
The time is now to legalize marijuana, federally. Considering how much stock we put into billionaires, and their “amazing” opinions, maybe the government should consider listening to people that don’t have billions of dollars so then they can actually be in the know.
They come across as coldly unaware, and uncaring of the issues that many have faced with cannabis. Luckily, the industry has many famous people backing it, legalization is coming, it is just a matter of when.