Boomer Celebrity Potheads
| July 15th, 2014
The Edmonton-born Tommy Chong of the infamous duo Cheech & Chong turned 76 this year! The marijuana activist has never been shy to admit his love for the green stuff and he’s not alone. Check out our slideshow of famous celebrities who have made friends with Mary Jane.
Sir Richard Branson
Don’t let the “Sir” fool you. Successful business magnate Sir Richard Branson (ahem, estimated net worth $4.2 billion) is not modest about his feelings toward the green stuff. In fact, on a visit to the White House State Dinner he asked the President if he could spare some. He told The Atlantic’s Washington office after, “I asked him if I could have a spliff,” Adding, “But they didn’t have any” (ah, shoot!). After audible shock, Branson quickly told the crowd he was joking. But don’t let him fool you. He is a long-time advocate for the legalization of marijuana and has admitted to recreational use.
Talk about a green thumb. Actor Woody Harrelson is so enthusiastic about marijuana that he was arrested in Kentucky for trying to plant the stuff. Though he says in the interview above that users could not get a buzz off of seeds he sowed, we have evidence that Harrelson does, in fact, like to puff the stuff.
Whoopi Goldberg has always been open about her personal life, good and bad. Watch the clip above where she admits to getting high before her 1991 Oscar acceptance speech. Wait, did she say homegrown?
We couldn’t make this list without noting Ross Rebagliati. The Canadian snowboarder tested positive for THC after winning the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. The decision was overturned on the grounds that pot was not explicitly banned in the Olympic competition. At the time he claimed it was a “contact high” but years later he is still famous for the incident. In 2010 Rebagliati was nominated as a Liberal Party candidate for his home constituency of Okanagan-Coquilhalla. Supporters made signs that said, “Roll a fatty for Rebagliati!”
Soulman Dan Aykroyd found himself on the other side of the cuffs in 1985 when he was arrested for marijuana possession. The comedian was carrying 3.5 grams of a substance believed to be cannabis outside of Chicago and posted a $50 cash bond (the good old days!). He claimed he was driving to California. One can only guess how many grams he had before police discovered him.
So that’s where he gets his inspiration. Famous horror novelist, Stephen King has never denied his ideas on marijuana. He said, “I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses. . . .”
Willie Nelson, smoke pot? No way. Watch the country star discuss his methods with Larry King in this 2010 interview. Was Nelson high for the interview, you ask? Of course. Larry King asks him, “Do you have pot in you right now?” and Harrelson responds, “Yes, you can arrest me if you want.”
Duh. The 41-year-old rapper is almost the spokesperson for cannabis. He even started a trending hashtag on Twitter called #puffpuffpasstuesday that encourages all of his green fans to tweet their best rolls.
Despite struggling with drugs and alcohol in the past, the ultimate voice of wisdom recently told the Guardian that he’ll “never give up the ganja.” Calling it, God’s own weed.
Who can forget this famous quote, “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again.”