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Many celebrities and influential people have smoked marijuana, some you wouldn’t expect in a million years. Here are 50 of them compiled by the Marijuana Policy Project—including some pretty good quotes about their past use. Just representing famous American users, share your favourite jay smoking celeb in the comments.

 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users

50 Most Influential Marijuana Users

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Many celebrities and influential people have smoked marijuana. Here are 50 of some of them compiled by the Marijuana Policy Project.

  • Madonna

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "It [my behavior on the show in 1994] wasn't because I was excited about you [David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on."

  • Tom Brokaw

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “…what I did was experiment with a little marijuana like a lot of other people and walked away…”

  • Andrew Cuomo

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I did experiment with marijuana when I was a youth."

  • Bill Gates

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice…”

  • Bill Clinton

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I experimented with marijuana a time or two."

  • Oprah Winfrey

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "To kick things off, [Andy Cohen] asked the last time Winfrey had smoked marijuana. 'Uh … 1982,' Winfrey replied. 'Let's hang out after the show,' Cohen joked. 'Okay,' Winfrey laughed.

  • Barack Obama

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point."

  • Clarence Thomas

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "The White House said today that Judge Clarence Thomas, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, had smoked marijuana while in college."

  • Stephen Colbert

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "First, I smoked a lot of pot…and that’s how I got to know the people ‘half in’ the society of my high school and we waved at each other over the bong. Then I got to know people by making jokes.”

  • Jon Stewart

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?”

  • Jay-Z

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished ‘Izzo.’"

  • John Kerry

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Yes." [In response to the question: "Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?"]

  • George Soros

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "He said he had tried marijuana, enjoyed it, 'but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years.'"

  • Bill Maher

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana… About 50,000 times."

  • George W. Bush

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."

  • Rand Paul

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    According to a woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, "He and Randy came to my house … they'd been smoking pot."

  • Sanjay Gupta

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I have tried it."

  • Lebron James

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “James also revealed he and his teammates smoked marijuana one night after getting access to a hotel room in Akron.”

  • Rush Limbaugh

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    He admitted to Playboy in 1993 that he smoked marijuana twice

  • George Clooney

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “The owner of a local cannabis café told reporters George Clooney was no stranger there.”

  • Michael Bloomberg

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    ''You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.''

  • Brad Pitt

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much [marijuana].”

  • Lady Gaga

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I smoke a lot of pot when I write music."

  • Ted Turner

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "CNN anchor Gwen Scott claimed it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana."

  • Michael Phelps

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “[Phelps] firmly denies that he takes drugs, suggesting that the notorious photo of him smoking from a bong was a one-time lapse of judgment.”

  • Jennifer Aniston

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.”

  • David Letterman

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, a really breath-taking, amount of grass almost every night.”

  • Morgan Freeman

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Never give up the ganja."

  • Angelina Jolie

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “… the one that has the worst effect for me was pot. I felt silly and giggly – I hate feeling like that.”

  • Martha Stewart

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Of course I know how to roll a joint."

  • Seth Macfarlane

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I don't smoke much pot anymore."

  • John Hickenlooper

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others and certainly wouldn't encourage through public policy."

  • Andrew Sullivan

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "The blogger and commentator Andrew Sullivan was busted in July for possessing a small amount of marijuana within the Cape Cod National Seashore."

  • Susan Sarandon

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Cocaine didn't interest me. Not at all. I'm way way back in the early pot…"

  • Matt Damon

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and step-father.”

  • Conan O'Brien

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “I’ve tried pot, but it doesn’t do much for me.”

  • Lincoln Chafee

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "In 1999, then-Warwick Mayor Lincoln D. Chafee won accolades for his honesty in acknowledging he used marijuana and cocaine as a 1970s student at Brown University."

  • Maya Angelou

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “Angelou settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon.”

  • Justin Bieber

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Bieber both confirmed that he'd been caught smoking weed and apologized for it."

  • Sarah Palin

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.”

  • Phil Jackson

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "In 1975 he wrote “Maverick,” a memoir about his days playing in the NBA. Among other things, Jackson spoke frankly about marijuana use."

  • Johny Depp

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I'm not a great pothead or anything like that… but weed is much, much less dangerous than alcohol."

  • Robert Downey Jr.

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “Robert Downey Jr. said he started smoking weed at age 8.”

  • Bryan Cranston

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Pot always just made me sleepy.”

  • Miley Cyrus

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "You know you're a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake."

  • Hugh Hefner

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”

  • Rihanna

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "Kush rolled, glass full… I prefer the better things!"

  • Oliver Stone

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “I went to Vietnam, and I was there for a long time. [Using marijuana] made the difference between staying human or, as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast.”

  • Rick Steves

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    "I have used cannabis all over the world."

  • Snoop Dogg

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”

  • Bonus: Marc Emery

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    “I am blessed by what the DEA has done. I'd rather see marijuana legalized than me being saved from a U.S. jail.”

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