Cannabis prohibition started in 1937 and so there are many people alive today that were born before the United States began its anti-marijuana agenda. Here are some of our favorite actors and musicians that use marijuana for its medical use and some that have used it for recreational purposes at some time in their life.
In general, Hollywood and other famous artists seem to have been long time advocates of marijuana, but even many of them have hedged around the topic to avoid controversy. What other actors do you suppose indulge in some cannabis in their private time?
Marijuana prohibition is the status quo in America, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, a lot of famous celebrities you know and love are the same age as prohibition, which came into effect with the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.
Here are 10 well-known celebrities that are as old as cannabis prohibition, which the ones that are still with us will hopefully outlive.
The voice of God is the biggest cannabis consumer on this list. Freeman – who is a medical marijuana patient – is a vocal advocate of its benefits.
“I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana,” he told The Daily Beast in 2015. “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!'”
And when asked how he liked to consume cannabis, Freeman said, “How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it!”
The legendary actor left a permanent mark in cannabis culture when he split a joint on-screen with Peter Fonda in ‘Easy Rider’ (1969). And off-camera, he has supported legalization and called for an end to the War on Drugs.
“The narcotics industry is also enormous,” he told The Daily Mail in 2011. “It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs. More than 85 percent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offenses. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalization.”
For the late George Carlin, cannabis was a crucial part of the creative process. He used to have a puff before revising his outrageous standup sets.
“I find with pot — I’m not a big drug user anymore, but I always have a joint somewhere near me,” he told Jon Stewart in 1997. “I hardly touch it – maybe once a month. That would be frequent for me. But when I’m writing something, and I write perfectly straight, perfectly sober. And I write a whole lot of stuff – six, seven, eight, nine pages. And I really pour it out. Then, the next day, one hit – that’s all I need now – one hit and it’s punch-up time! Time to get this thing going. And with that sort of judicious use, I do find there’s some value in it.”
The star of the Netflix stoner comedy ‘Grace and Frankie’ isn’t a pothead by any stretch. But Jane Fonda does enjoy the occasional toke – so long as she’s not heading to the movie theater afterward.
“I’ll smoke pot every now and then,” Fonda told DuJour in 2015. “[But] I cannot see a movie on pot. The number of movies I’ve seen thinking, ‘This is probably the best I have ever seen,’ and then I’ll see it again sober and think, ‘What was I thinking?’”