The celebrities who are going green and endorsing cannabis legalization in the U.S. range from singers to actors, and some of the names may surprise you.
From movie stars to singers, many A-list stars are enjoying their weed. Several celebrities are joining us so-called ordinary folks to endorse cannabis legislation in the United States in 2017. While some of the names may be ones you expect to see on the list, the support of other high-profile stars may surprise you.
The original “Playboy”, Hugh Hefner has publicly said that he has smoked weed for many decades. He even donated an $5,000 in 1970 to the organization Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). This financial contribution was necessary for the launch of the U.S.-wide group.
Hefner, who is 90 years old, has been quoted as saying that not legalizing cannabis would mean paying the same price Americans paid for prohibition. He added, “In other words, it is a medical concern and it should be handled that way”.
The pop singer and actress has a very different image nowadays than she had back when she played squeaky-clean character Hannah Montana on TV. In a 2013 Rolling Stone article, Miley Cyrus reportedly said, “I think weed is the best drug on earth”.
She has also has shared photos of her smoking marijuana on her social media pages, including Instagram. You may have seen her in photos or videos wearing fabrics adorned with patterns of the beautiful herb. In some live appearances, Cyrus has lit joints in front of screaming fans.
Amongst the many musicians advocating cannabis legalization in the U.S. is Sting, the solo singer who repeatedly sells out concerts and was once the bassist for the band The Police. In a 2010 post that Sting wrote for the Huffington Post titled “Let’s End the War on Drugs”, he denounced efforts to halt drug use as enabling violence and crime to continue in poor regions of the states.
In the article, he wrote that minor offences for drug possession have occupied prisons for outlandish periods of time. He added this piece of advice: “It’s time to step out of our comfort zones, acknowledge the truth – and challenge our leaders… and ourselves… to change”.
Another Hollywood star who advocates for marijuana legalization is Woody Harrelson. The actor has vocalized his weed lifestyle since 2001 and has even been the keynote speaker at the NORML Conference. If you have been to the Cannabis Cup, you may have caught a glimpse of him in person there.
He was famously arrested for planting a hemp seed on public property and has applied to open dispensaries under his business Simple Organic Living. Harrelson has been quoted as saying, “Seventy-two million people in this country have smoked pot. Eighteen to 20 million in the last year. These people should not be treated as criminals”.
Perhaps the least surprising name on this list, given his image for being a laid-back, endearing stoner as as much as a rapper, is Snoop Dogg. The 44-year-old hip-hop artist even recorded a YouTube video encouraging people to vote on Proposition 19, which would have legalized weed-related activities in California, had it been passed.
Snoop Dogg has openly discussed his position on legalizing cannabis several times and even made many clever appearances with this position in mind. He also participated in a campaign video for the California initiative to legalize the beautiful herb in the November 8th U.S. election.
If you lived in California when the ballot regarding Prop 19 was going on, you might have received a pre-recorded telephone message from actress Susan Sarandon. In it, she advocated in favor of the Proposition to legalize marijuana.
You would have heard her discussing the benefits of legalizing the juicy buds, including increasing government revenues and enabling police to focus their efforts on bigger issues than arrests for just possessing small quantities of weed. In her message, she supported Prop 19 by explaining, “It controls cannabis like alcohol, making it harder for minors to get marijuana”.
Given that Wiz Khalifa released a new line of pot strains in 2016, this American rapper is obviously in favor of toking sessions. He even owns a grow house. In 2014, he told Power 107.5 that weed would be legal in Ohio and the rest of the U.S. “in three to five years, hopefully”.
The legal changes would work in Khalifa’s favor, given his many cannabis-related arrests and charges for marijuana possession. He also told MTV News, “Definitely, legalize it. Please, everybody needs it. The world would be a better place”.
His love of weed dates back to his days as Chong in the famous stoner duo Cheech & Chong. Now, in 2017, Tommy Chong continues to be pro-marijuana legalization. The comedian, actor, and musician has appeared in Michigan commercials for supporting the end of cannabis prohibition.
Chong has used the herb for medicinal reasons, taking to Twitter with the following words: “Did I mention I am 99% cancer free? Thanks to my medication”. Hemp oil works but you have to believe… I believe” He recently launched Chong’s Choice, a national medicinal brand that offers THC oil, infused breath strips, and more.
No celebrity list would be complete without mention of the outspoken singer Rhianna. She is a proud supporter of legalization, often going onto her social media accounts to explain how she feels about weed. The number of Instagram selfies she has posted of her smoking up are countless. Like Miley Cyrus, Rhianna has worn clothing adorning images of the beautiful green plant.
When Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize weed, RiRi sent out a tweet with the hashtag “#catchup”; in other words, it was about time, in her opinion. Taking a step back, Rhianna is a prime example that it is possible to be successful and consume cannabis too.
On Celebrities Who Support Cannabis
These celebs are just some of the supporters and advocates for ending cannabis prohibition across the United States. Other notable names include director Oliver Stone, singer Lady Gaga, actress Megan Fox, and actor Danny DeVito. The support is growing for the fight against legalizing the green stuff, as shown by more and more superstars popping up with support. As studies continue to publish that prove the medicinal benefits of weed, surely more and more A-listers will speak up with their support for the wonderful herb.