For too long Cannabis was associated with the lower part of society or bad neighborhoods. Today a lot more people than you know are daily users. Even highly successful people. Success might even have come because of it in certain cases. It is time to put aside our prejudices and open our eyes to the world of possibilities this plant can offer. When will we finally be able to live in peace and harmony with it? To help ensure the reputation of Cannabis and Marijuana keeps going towards a more positive image here are 7 of the most successful people in the world who do use or did use cannabis at some point in their lives.
Madonna is a famous American singer; she changed the face of Pop music in the 80s and 90s. Her Major influence granted her the title of Queen of Pop. She loved to provoke controversy, her work included social, political, sexual, and religious themes. Her audacity is what differentiated her from other popular signers as well as the powerful visual she used on stage and in her music videos. A lot of contemporary artists refer to her as an inspiration/ mentor.
She was never shy to expose herself. No matter what was the ugly truth she always spoke from her heart. She openly shared in many interviews about her occasional marijuana use. She mentioned that the plant was helping her find inspiration and deepens her creativity.
#2 Bill Gates
Bill Gates began as a software developer and became a powerful entrepreneur. He is well known as the co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation. He is looked upon as the pioneer of the microcomputer revolution. The billionaire and philanthropist is a source of inspiration for many young entrepreneurs.
Gates won't admit to smoking marijuana although he did admit his support for the legalization of the plant and voted yes in 2012 to legalize the "drug" in his native state of Washington. Further his university roommate state "Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice, but on a couple of well planned isolated occasions we'd go off to the country and spend time contemplating the universe." Suggesting that Bill Gates did smoke marijuana in his younger years.
#3 Richard Branson
Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin group. His empire began with the opening of a chain of records store called Virgin Records which grew to become the Virgin Megastores. His company kept expanding from the records store to music label, to airline company and now space tourism.
Branson also supports the legalization of cannabis. In 2016 he made a lot of ink flow when he shared parenting advice concerning cannabis. His advice being: "If they're going to have a joint, do it with them," he said, reports the Chicago Tribune. "Don't let them sneak off and do it on their own." His advice suggests that he "might" be a regular marijuana user.
#4 Michael Phelps
Micheal Phelps is an Olympian American athlete. He brought home 28 medals, including 23 gold, between 2004 and 2016. He is the most successful and decorated Olympian of all time.
In 2009, in the early days of his career, the young swimmer was photographed smoking in a bong. The "incident" happened 3 months after the Olympics. Phelps did get into some trouble because of it and sincerely apologized to the press and his fans for his "lack of maturity". Considering the stigma surrounding the plant at the time the apology he gave was a good thing for his career. Although it is hard to believe it was the first and the last time…
#5 Stephen King
Stephen King is an American author. He specializes in horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels. He sold more than 350 million copies and you probably have seen many of his novels being adapted for the big screen. King has received a multitude of prizes for his writing including the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Like Madonna, his work became an inspiration for many younger writers and brought a lot to pop culture through his books.
He has been a well-known advocate for the legalization of cannabis for many years. He also consumes the plant himself and openly talks about it. He even was interviewed by the magazine High Times back in 1981. When asked about marijuana legalization he answers: "I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry".
#6 Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker businessman, philanthropist, author, politician, and professional bodybuilder. He began his bodybuilding training at 15 years old and won the title of Mr. Universe at only 20-year-. He then went on an won the title of Mr. Olympia 7 times. Having the entrepreneur fiber in him he also founded the Arnold Sports Festival which became the second biggest bodybuilding event. His worldwide fame rapidly grew when he started acting in Hollywood films. He became an icon of pop culture and an action movie superstar.
Schwarzenegger was always open about his cannabis consumption. After his victory at Mr. Olympia, in 1975 he publicly smoked a joint while eating a bucket of fried chicken. He is also pro-legalization of course and is even responsible for a part of the Californian legalization. As the Governor of California, he reduced the sanctions for possession of less than 1 ounce. By showing the substance under a more positive perspective and pushing hard for its normalization he influenced many.
#7 Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an American businesswoman who created a media empire. She is also a writer, a television personality, and a former model. Her success was built upon many different business projects, from broadcasting to merchandising, e-commerce, and best-selling books. Her fortune is evaluated at $800 million in 2020.
Stewart has also been open about her consumption of cannabis although she is not a regular user, she did share a joint with snoop dog! As another advocate of the plant, she has been investing in the CBD industry in the last few years.
Many others could have been on this list. Using cannabis is not a success death sentence, on the contrary, it seems to have the opposite effect. Having an open mind can be beneficial in a multitude of ways. Together let's stop the prejudices and give cannabis the place it deserves in our society. Those successful people are the living proof that this idea society has of cannabis is blurry and incomplete.