In case you are worried that others might consider you another lazy stoner stereotype in the making, let them know that plenty of stereotypes are far from accurate. As for coming out of the cannabis closet, know that you have distinguished company. Here are 12 surprising cannabis users, only in the fact that they don’t fit the stereotype. But as we get rid of those false stereotypes, they may just become part of the new one. That of the world’s most successful and ambitious men and women.
1. Rush Limbaugh
Super conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh admitted to trying marijuana back in a 1993 Playboy interview. He claims he wasn’t a fan.
2. Jeb Bush
It must be a brotherly love, though G.W. was more of an alcohol and cocaine guy in his youth. Jeb said
I drank alcohol and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover. It was pretty common.
3. Glenn Beck
While he doesn’t appear to be using it as much as he once did, the famous personality known for his conspiracy theories and crying might still hit it now and again. Oh wait, was that another stereotype? Well, this conservative show host might just call out on that one.
4. Bill Gates
One of the richest and most successful people in the world, he didn’t wait until he was done achieving to start smoking it. He burned one the whole way to the top, and it probably helped him with creativity, positive thinking, and stress relief.
5. Martha Stewart
Make no mistake, this isn’t a habit she picked up in prison. The queen of home decor and tasty treats has enjoyed cannabis for quite some time. Hell, she baked with Snoop Dogg, at least a meal, that is. She also told Andy Cohen once that:
A girl and a guy were smoking joints and they had them in their hands like this, and I said, boy, those are sloppy joints.
Of course I know how to roll a joint.
6. George W. Bush
Like his brother Jeb, he has puffed a time or two… hundred. What does he say about his recalcitrance on admitting to it openly?
I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.
Many reports from people at the White House tell of John F. Kennedy using cannabis to ease his chronic ailments, including a bad back, osteoporosis, Addison’s disease, adrenal failure, chronic digestive issues from colitis, and chronic infections.
He was ingesting over 8 different medications at most times: anti-anxiety and depression medications, codeine, Demerol, methadone, Ritalin, meprobamate, librium, barbituates, thyroid hormones, gamma globulin, and injections of procaine into his back.
Stories also tell of him openly lighting up during the crisis between the US, Cuba, and the Soviet Union.
8. Clarence Thomas
One of the only two US Supreme Court Justices who did not vote in favor of dismissing the case brought against Colorado by other states, Clarence Thomas could be seen in a different light. He has personally used the Schedule 1 drug, but doesn’t have a guilty conscience enforcing laws against it.
9. Rick Santorum
Republican leader Rick Santorum has told reporters he smoked “his fair share back in college”.
10. George Soros
“The man who broke the Bank of England” with his financial genius, Soros made $1 billion on a single deal once. He was a smoker in his heyday, and is still a proponent of legalization although he has said:
It did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years.
11. Ted Turner
The monopolistic media mogul of TNT, TBS, and many other communications companies, one source reports
It is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana.
12. Michael Bloomberg
Former NYC mayor Bloomberg openly admits his enjoyment of the herb. Asked if he ever tried it, he said:
You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.
13. Steve Jobs
Not only was he a proud cannabis user, he even claimed that taking LSD was one of the “two or three most important things” he ever did in his life. You go, Steve.
14. Carl Sagan
Astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, pothead. That’s right, another one of the most brilliant minds on the planet not only is an avid lover of the herb, he is an activist as well.
15. George Washington
Not only did he smoke it, he grew it. America’s founding fathers almost universally did, in fact.
How many surprising people do you know of not on this list? There are so many who have used it and turned around to demonize it later. Do you have someone in your life who tried it, but tells you it is bad? Share with us on social media or in the comments below.