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"Celebrities, they're just like us!” might be a cliche, but it is also true. Nothing connects celebrities to the common man more than smoking weed. Sure, smoking marijuana goes along with the "Hollywood" party lifestyle, but recently celebrities have come out in support of the herbs medical benefits, in addition to its recreational uses. With uptick in popularity of legalization, it’s not surprising that famous celebrities who smoke weed are no longer hiding their affection for the drug, but instead proclaiming it proudly.
Who better to start off the list of famous celebrities who smoke weed than country legend and marijuana advocate Willie Nelson. Nelson has supported legalization for years, preaching the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of smoking the herb. He has publicly praised marijuana for easing his surprisingly hot temper. “I have compared myself to the motorboat where the fuel for the motorboat is a little too hot for the motor, where you have to add a little oil in it. I figure that’s my oil, you know. It’s what I have to do to, you know, to make it easier.” With legalization popping up all over the US, Willie is putting his hat in the ring with other marijuana distributors by launching his own marijuana brand, Willie's Reserve. Who knows good weed better than Willie Nelson? Count us in.
The View cohost is a pretty active advocate of medical marijuana. She uses it to treat her glaucoma, and has made statements in favor of legalization. She believes in the power of medical marijuana so much that she even has her own line of medical cannabis products! Called “Whoopi & Maya,” this line of products includes bath soaks, tinctures, edibles, and body creams to help with inflammation, period pain, joint pain, and anxiety. Like many medical marijuana products, they contain either CBD or THC, the two active compounds in cannabis responsible for many of the health benefits.
The TV and film star talked about her weed smoking with then-husband Brad Pitt in a 2001 interview with Rolling Stone. She talked about how they smoked marijuana together and how shocked she was that people made a big deal of it, since it wasn’t “even cocaine or shooting heroin” like other celebrities. At the height of her fame in the 1990s, a lot of celebrities were doing those harder drugs, so she has a point. Later in the that interview, she said of weed, "I wouldn't call myself a pothead. I mean, I enjoy it once in a while. There's nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation."
Paris is one of the few celebrities that smoke weed who has a criminal record to back up the assertion that she smokes pot. The hotel heiress was at a World Cup match in 2010 when she was arrested by South African police for allegedly smoking marijuana. She said that she wasn’t smoking weed and the charges were dropped, but it’s no stretch to believe that Paris Hilton enjoys cannabis. She was even filmed smoking marijuana in 2007, and the video is up on the internet for anybody to see. No denying it now, Paris!
McDormand, star of indie as well as popular films, was actually on the cover of the marijuana magazine High Times in May 2003. Wearing a pot leaf shirt and holding a hand-rolled cigarette (joint?), McDormand’s headline calls her a 'Hollyweed Superstar'. She admitted to the interviewer that she was a recreational pot smoker and supposedly received a gift pack containing smoking supplies from the magazine for appearing in the article and on the cover. She played a pot-smoking mom in the 2002 film Laurel Canyon with Bale, so some might see this as publicity for the movie, but McDormand has since made pro-marijuana statements in the press.
This travel writer and TV host is as straight laced as they come, and many would be surprised to hear that he’s one of the most outspoken celebrities that smoke weed. Steves has a sweet, fatherly look and tone, and he’s famous for traveling to classic travel destinations in Europe, not even exotic places. He opened up to LA Weekly in one of their '20 Questions' articles. In it, he says that “Marijuana refreshes your perspective and allows you to see things in a different way,” and that he has “used cannabis all over the world.” Steves is even an outspoken marijuana legalization advocate, and he actively tries to desensitize his older audience to cannabis smoking. You go, Rick Steves!
Ms. Diaz has been photographed smoking joints several times over her long career, even with her good friend Drew Barrymore once. She’s totally open about her cannabis use in the media. It turns out, Diaz went to the same high school as Snoop Dog, Long Beach Polytechnic. Need we say more? The actress herself claimed that Snoop was her weed dealer back in the day on talk show Lopez Tonight in 2011. "I was green even in high school!" Diaz added. Also on the same show, Snoop Dog responded that he “might have sold” her some weed.
One of the most politically savvy celebrities that smoke weed, progressive comic Bill Maher actually smoked cannabis live on television on his show Real Time in 2016 to prove a point to “hippies” who want to legalize pot. An outspoken advocate of legalization of marijuana, Maher even wrote a 2013 opinion article for Rolling Stone about how marijuana legalization can help unite us as a country. In an interview in the same magazine in 2011, he admits to smoking pot and says it’s a private thing that we should have the freedom to enjoy.
The famous actor didn’t start off being out about personal pot use, but Freeman has always been outspoken about legalization. In a 2012 Newsweek interview, when asked about legalizing weed, the actor stated, “We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.” Then, in 2015, he opened up to The Daily Beast about his fibromyalgia, adding, “The only thing that offers any relief is marijuana.” When asked how he takes his weed, Freeman answered, “However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it.” It looks like the pro-legalization crowd gained a powerful advocate in the actor who played God!
Unlike many young celebrities, Lawrence hasn’t been connected with heavy partying and clubbing. The down to earth star was, however, photographed by paparazzi smoking something “suspicious” on the balcony of her hotel room in Hawaii in 2013. With her busy schedule filming blockbuster after blockbuster, it’s no doubt she needed something to unwind, though she hasn’t publically come out in favor of legalization of weed. The star of the Hunger Games did admit to smoking pot with her brother before going to the Oscars, but she didn’t confirm if it was before the 2013 awards show when she stumbled on the stairs.
The Oscar-winning actress is one of the most surprising celebrities that smoke weed because she always seems so glamorous. Well it just so happens that she is seriously just like the rest of us (or maybe better.) Theron was photographed smoking out of a homemade bong made out of an apple! Smoking this way takes some serious skill that only a seasoned pot smoker would have. It’s hard to find the source of the images, but they’re all over the internet.
Star of the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart did a 2012 interview with Vanity Fair magazine in which she admitted to smoking weed. The interviewer asked about some pictures circulating on the internet that featured her smoking, and she responded that she was a nobody at the time. She then went on to describe herself as “weirdo, creative Valley Girl who smokes pot.” It’s nice to hear of a celebrity who simply considers marijuana use 'no big deal'.
Actor, musician, and former boy band star Justin Timberlake told Playboy magazine in 2011 that he “absolutely” smokes weed. He’s another one of our clean cut celebrities that smoke weed, but Justin says that "Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high." Lots of people who smoke pot say that it helps them be creative, and Justin is one of a growing group of musicians who openly smoke pot when writing songs, a list that includes Lady Gaga, John Mayer, and even the next celebrity on this list.
The musician and activist feels so strongly about legalization of marijuana that he wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled “Let’s End the War on Drugs.” In the article, he says that the US War on Drugs “is actively harming our society,” and “an absolute failure whose cost to society is increasingly unbearable and absolutely unjustifiable.” The article supports an organization called the Drug Policy Alliance, and calls on everybody to think hard about legalizing drugs.