5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Cannabis Lovers
The cannabis plant has been dealing with almost a century of worldwide prohibition, slander, and propaganda.
The highly medicinal herb is coming back into mainstream media and rapidly becoming more and more recognized as a legitimate medicine and safe recreational substance. Marijuana was once associated with lazy hippies and couch-bound stoners, and the plant is now being perceived differently in the public eye.
More celebrities are now ‘coming out of the closet’ as being stoners and honest about their consumption use.
Here are five celebrities you may not realize are open about cannabis use.
Kevin Smith and his real-life partner in fictional pot-dealing crime, Jason Mewes, are well-known for their Jay and Silent Bob characters, the latter portrayed by the quiet-presenting Smith, starting with Clerks.
The 1980s and the “had shaped Smith’s views on drugs Just Say No” movement by then First Lady Nancy Reagan.
“Weed, hash, that fell in with cocaine and heroin because you just said no. That’s what we were taught in the 80s with all that Nancy Reagan propaganda. So, I’m like, ‘I’m not messing with that stuff. That’s truly dangerous,’” Smith once said.
Being all about the work, he simply opted to stay away from cannabis in any profound way. “I didn’t become a stoner until 2008,” he says in the episode. But once he decided to give himself the gift of a puff at 6 p.m. after a hard day of work, it took only a month or two for Smith to incorporate cannabis into his daily existence.
By September 2008, “I had become a full-blown, wake-and-bake stoner, and it’s been that way ever since.”
Jennifer Aniston is one of the most well-known actresses as a 1990s icon. Her role as Rachel on the hit sitcom “Friends” and her former marriage to movie star Brad Pitt are some of the most high-profile examples of Aniston. She is a businesswoman and film producer as well as an actress.
She has received numerous awards for acting roles, including a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award. In addition, she has starred in highly successful films such as Bruce Almighty, The Break Up, Marley and Me, and Just Go With It.
Aniston is known for her moderate use of cannabis, stating that she is no stoner but enjoys the occasional smoke now and then.
The man with the soothing voice that has narrated various TV series and movies, Morgan Freeman, is a legend to be reckoned with among actors.
Born in the pre-civil rights south of the United States on 1st June 1937, Freeman has been actively acting since the tender age of 9 and won a state drama competition at just 12.
He went on to experience stardom, featuring in films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, The Dark Knight, and Bruce Almighty.
When digging a bit deeper into this exciting individual, you’ll soon find out about his passion for cannabis. He is a vocal advocate for legalization and believes that cannabis should be federally legal within the US.
Cameron Diaz grew up in San Diego and said, "It took two hours to get (to the beach) on the bus. So you stayed all day and ate corn dogs. We had only $2 for a joint." Diaz attended Long Beach Polytechnic High in the late '80s, where she bought weed from Snoop Dogg.
Her acting career began with The Mask in 1994. Four years later, Diaz and Ben Stiller smoked a joint in There's Something About Mary.
From 1998 to 2002, she received Golden Globe nominations for There's Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous," Carl Sagan wrote in 1969. With the re-packaging of Cosmos for a new generation, we thought it appropriate to remind readers that Sagan was a marijuana user of great distinction.
Dr. Lester Grinspoon interviewed Sagan for his groundbreaking book, Marihuana Reconsidered, published in 1971. The section written by "Mr. X" was penned by Sagan, who chose to remain anonymous. After Sagan died in 1996, Grinspoon revealed the identity of Mr. X.
Sagan is most famous for Cosmos, his high-science book and TV series from 1980. Cosmos made a comeback, with Neil deGrasse Tyson as host in 2014 on Fox, National Geographic, and several other channels. It aired for 13 weeks.