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Top 12 Successful People who Prove Cannabis Use is not a Vice

It’s a fact: the snowball effect of marijuana legalization has already started to take place.

However, the outdated conception of cannabis use as something sinfully wrong keeps lingering in the air. Many are still afraid to admit they use the herb when it comes to recreational, and even when it comes to medicinal purposes.

We believe it’s high time to get some myths busted on that matter!

In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 12 successful people who prove cannabis use is not a vice.

The truth is, cannabis consumers have been faced with a particular form of racism for more than a century.

But does marijuana deserve to be treated like a bigger threat than alcohol, cigarettes, or unhealthy foods

Can cannabis actually help people reach their fullest potential and contribute to the well-being of society instead of exactly the opposite The only way we can change the stagnant, faulty perceptions related to marijuana use is by opening our minds to higher perspectives.

1. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (1801-1809), is one of the most important persons in history. A diplomat, lawyer, architect and statesman, Jefferson’s contribution to society most deservedly earned him the nickname the Founding Father.

As to Thomas Jefferson’s attitude towards cannabis consumption, he has wholeheartedly shared that he has spent some of his “finest hours” while “smoking hemp.”

Moreover, Jefferson further picturesquely described these finest hours being spent on the back veranda while observing the view as far as his eyes could see. Doesn’t this brilliant statement make you want to light up a fat joint asap

2. Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, the world-renowned Spanish master of poetry, painting, ceramics, sculpting, and stage design has left an invaluable legacy for the entire human race through his unparalleled, one-of-a-kind visionary art.

As to Picasso’s rather extravagant lifestyle, it is important to take into account the fact that various psychoactive substances such as henbane, morphine, hashish, and opium were widely available at both private fumiers, as well as at local chemists across Paris at the time.

According to Richard Dorment’s review of John Richardson’s Life of Picasso first volume, there is no doubt Picasso “was stoned” when his extraordinary imagination and talent gave birth to pictures such as “Family of Saltimbanques.”

The evidence The Rose period paintings were united by elements indicating the imprint of cannabis use on Picasso’s consciousness – something that can be clearly seen in the dreamy mood of the Rose period paintings, accompanied by the individual figures’ emotional isolation, dulled eyes, and the overall lack of tension in his masterpieces.

Some experts believe that it was exactly the use of hashish that made it possible for Picasso to perfect cubism, the photographic painting style that adds the incredible depth of the dimension of time.

Video by: National Geographic – Where Did Pablo Picasso’s Genius Come From | National Geographic

3. Oscar Wilde

Turning into one of the most famous playwrights across London in the early 1890s, Oscar Wilde’s brilliant witticism, beautiful mind and flamboyant style have left a sparkling trace in history.

It was in Algiers, 1895 when Wilde first tried hashish. Afterward, he wrote about his impressions of using hashish to Robert Ross, describing it as “quite exquisite.” What’s more, Wilde proceeded further on with expressing his feelings about hashish, stating that as little as three puffs of smoke lead to “peace and love.”

In 1886, Wilde wrote about an unknown land that is full of “subtle perfumes” and “wild flowers” being the joy of all joys to dream.

Later on, in 1921, another solid indication of Oscar Wilde’s affinity for hashish was released in Si le grain ne meurt after André Gide came across Wilde by accident at a well-known café where Arabs used to quat on mats and smoke kief.

4. Steve Jobs

Being the co-founder of Apple Inc., a former majority shareholder of Pixar, investor, and magnate, Steve Jobs has literally changed the course of history forever.

But would have Steve Jobs manage to earn such an incredible reputation and would he have managed to leave such a tremendous contribution to society if it wasn’t for exploring higher states of mind through the use of cannabis and LSD

In 2011, Steve Job’s authorized biography compiled by Walter Isaacson was published, documenting Job’s experience with LSD and cannabis in his youth.

Jobs’ described the effects of cannabis use as mind- and horizon-expanding as he would start to listen to more music (a lot of Bach, in particular), as well as starting to read outside about science and technology much more. Some of his favorite reads at the time included Dylan Thomas’ poems, Plato’s and Shakespeare’s work, and nonetheless, the immortal masterpieces Moby Dick and King Lier.

Video by: Stanford – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

5. Richard Branson

With a net worth of 4.1 billion dollars based on stats from 2019, Richard Branson is not merely a business magnate but also an author, investor, and nonetheless, philanthropist. A son of a flight attendant and barrister, Branson managed to make a fortune by starting off with a mail-order business about 50 years ago.

As to Branson’s experience with cannabis, it was none other but Rolling Stones’ beast Keith Richards who was the first one to show Branson how to roll a joint. Most importantly, Branson has never been speculative about cannabis use. In his book Losing My Virginity, he admits that his done drugs very rarely.

However, Branson has also supported marijuana legalization and marketing. In 2001, he stated that his Virgin Records stores would sell cannabis but he would refuse to sell tobacco because of the related health risks.

What’s more, as a father, Richard Branson shares a beautiful attitude towards his son’s cannabis use. In 2007, Branson shared he had recently smoked cannabis with his son Sam while enjoying a surfing vacation in Australia. Branson further stated that he and his son enjoyed some of their nights together laughing their heads off “for eight hours,” and he further continued by stating that he doesn’t believe an “occasional spliff” should be treated as something wrong. Furthermore, Branson was supportive of his son smoking a spliff in front of him rather than doing so “behind closed doors.”

Richard Branson was also one of the 100 prominent personas to sign a public declaration supporting the decriminalization of cannabis, alongside Paul McCartney, Harold Pinter, and Anita Roddick.

6. Whoopi Goldberg

The beloved television personality, author, comedian, and actress, Caryn Elaine Johnson (better known as Whoopi Goldberg) has won not only the hearts of millions of people across the globe, but also several awards such as Grammy Award, Tony Award, Emmy Award, and Academy Award.

Whoopi Goldberg gave one of the most graceful acceptance speeches during the Oscars when she has announced Best Supporting Actress for “Ghost.” And guess what Whoopi admitted that she had smoked weed right before the show as she wanted to relax. Goldberg described the joint she smoked as wonderful, being the last of her homegrown batch at the time.

Did somebody assume Whoopi was high during the awards At least her mother did so, and not because of the monster-hug Goldberg gave to Denzel Washington but because of her eyes that were “just glistening.”

7. Jennifer Aniston

World-famous for her role as part of the dearest gang of “Friends” to have ever touched the hearts of several generations from the TV screen, Aniston’s career has been a blast ever since. Apart from being a favorite actress of many, Aniston has also become a successful businesswoman and film producer.

In 2001, Jen told Rolling Stone that she does enjoy pot every once and a while but wouldn’t call herself “a pothead.” Aniston further stated that she firmly believes there is nothing wrong with cannabis use, as long as everything is done “in moderation.”

When it comes to the tabloids’ anonymous reports shouting out about Aniston’s and her former husband Brad Pitt drug use, Jenny was super cool to state that these stories are ridiculous, as it is irrelevant to claim somebody is “hooked on drugs” just to read a story telling about somebody caught smoking pot which is not “shooting heroin” or “even cocaine” but merely pot, as Jen exclaimed.

8. Oprah Winfrey

The Oprah Winfrey Show” is the highest-rated television program of its kind, hosted by none other but the world-famous Oprah Winfrey herself.

A philanthropist, talk show host, actress, media executive, and media producer, Oprah’s road to success was not deprived of tons of hard work, dedication, and motivation – three terms that most skeptics won’t really associate with somebody who used to smoke pot on a regular basis!

As Winfrey herself admitted, winning the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, getting involved in doing news part-time at WVOL radio station (being the youngest news anchor, as well as the very first black female news anchor at WLAC-TV), and co-anchoring the six o’clock news at WJZ-TV, later becoming co-host of the talk show People Are Talking, all happened during a period in her life when she did smoke cannabis.

To be more precise, according to Winfrey’s admission, she kept smoking pot up until turning 28 years old. Nowadays, Oprah is one of the most inspirational and successful public figures who prove cannabis use is not a vice, slowly but surely becoming one of the most influential cannabis advocates.

9. Mike Tyson

Whatever we say about the incredible man Mike Tyson has turned into would most probably fail to describe the long and steep road “Kid Dynamite” had to walk from his glorious years on the boxing ring through years of fighting with anger, tear and wear, opioids addiction, and the public biases related.

However, up-to-date, Mike Tyson has not merely left a sparkling trace in the history of boxing like no other, but he has also become a beloved comedian, actor, and nonetheless, cannabis advocate and visionary.

Tyson’s focus on cannabis use embraces a symbiotic approach combining education, research and further spreading the knowledge of the miraculous benefits of marijuana treatment when it comes to a wide number of mental and physical issues.

10. Bob Marley

Possessing distinctly smooth songwriting and vocal style, Bob Marley will be forever remembered as one of the very pioneers of reggae. Bu apart from his incredible talent as a songwriter and singer, Marley has always been extremely philanthropically and spiritually oriented.

Keeping in mind that Marley was born in Jamaica, there is little doubt that he managed to establish a very profound understanding of the miraculous properties of cannabis.

In fact, Marley spent his entire career involved in advocating for the spiritual and healing powers of cannabis. He commonly compared the effects of marijuana with the effects of alcohol, stating in one of his interviews that cannabis teaches people how to “be someone” while alcohol teaches people how “to get drunker.”

It wasn’t before 2014 when Bob Marley’s family teamed up with Privateer Holdings in order to release what was bound to become the world’s first international cannabis brand – Marley Natural.

11. Morgan Freeman

Much more than merely a legendary actor, Morgan Freeman is one of the most beloved film narrators (the authoritative voice flowing through your senses when listened to as if the Lord is whispering in your ear while weaving a soothing melody of syllables, that’s Freeman), film director, and nonetheless, philanthropist all the way down to the bones – is now turning into the public voice of the marijuana legalization movement.

Freeman has been able to reflect deeply on the stigma related to cannabis use since he had to deal with fibromyalgia pain in his arm after a car accident in 1997.

Freeman says he takes marijuana “however it comes” by eating, drinking, smoking, and he even jokes he would snort it if he had to.

Because yes, Morgan Freeman has seen for himself that if society keeps treating cannabis use as a vice, it is most certainly society itself that will suffer the most.

12. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of those people whose grace, generosity, talent and limitless power for motivating and uplifting others in times when everything else fails, Angelou has worn many hats over the years – the hat of a singer, the hat of a civil rights activist, the hat of a poet and memoirist.

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008, Angelou has also received three Grammys. But Angelou’s professional and personal successes did not come without struggle and dark times.

Angelou describes her experience with marijuana in the second installment of her biography titled Gather Together in May Name. From Angelou’s point of view, once she inhaled the smoke of cannabis, food felt like the best she’d ever tasted. Beautifully, Angelou refers to the way cannabis use leads to altering every single sense, in the case with food, the senses of smell, taste, and even the sound of her “jaws chewing.”

Video by: OWN – Dr. Maya Angelou’s 3-Word Secret to Living Your Best Life | Oprah’s Master Class 

Top 12 Successful People who Prove Cannabis Use is not a Vice: Final Thoughts

The last thing cannabis consumption deserves to be treated as is a vice. However, this certainly doesn’t mean anyone is supposed to be smoking, vaping or ingesting cannabis in whatever form possible just because others find this practice to work wonderfully for them.

Also, the fact that cannabis legalization is expected to rise globallydoesn’t mean people are encouraged to use cannabis. But it does mean society has finally started to realize the true value of appreciating the sacred rights of all human beings to medicate and to entertain responsibly, as long as they do no harm to others.

Ashton Kutcher, Stephen King, Keith Richards, Carl Sagan, Richard Neville, Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S. Thompson,Rihanna, Steve Martin, Megan Fox, Louis Armstrong, Willie Nelson– and the list of the top successful people who prove cannabis use is not a vice does not end here!

Without any doubt, people can be successful with or without ever consuming cannabis. Yet, it is high time that we raise our awareness over the importance of putting a stop to cannabis racism, or the act of treating people who medicate or entertain with cannabis like anything less but the intelligent and respect-deserving human beings that they are, just like everyone else inhabiting this big, wide world.