Successful People That Blew Pothead Stereotype Up in Smoke

Who says stoners never accomplish anything? From famous actors to writers, innovators and pop stars, this people help change the way society views cannabis and the people that enjoy it.

While weed-users have been portrayed as counter-cultural in recent decades, many successful, mainstream, important people throughout history have used or supported weed. It’s important to look back at our own history and find that marijuana has so many important uses in our culture. 

Kevin Smith


Playing a weed dealer as recurring character Silent Bob, Smith’s art imitates life. Smith signed off on two branded bud strains to promote 2014’s film Tusk. He has also said he started sparking up daily at age 38 and feels super productive stoned. Smith wrote, directed, and starred in last year’s TV movie Hollyweed – a project unassociated with January’s Hollywood sign prank.

Tom Forcade (High Times founder)

Combination journalist and smuggler Tom King Forcade (aka Gary Goodson) established grandaddy cannabis culture publication High Times in 1974.

Willie Nelson

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”

Megan Fox


The actress, married mother of two and multiple Teen Choice Award winner maintains a busy work schedule. She’s also outspoken about marijuana use, saying in 2009,

America’s war on drugs is propaganda… I can’t tell you how much bullshit I’ve been through because I will openly say that I smoke weed. People look at it like it’s this crazy, hippy, fucked-up thing to do. And it’s not! I hope they legalize it and when they do I’ll be the first fucking person in line to buy my pack of joints.

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization. He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.

Tommy Chong

When you hear the name Tommy Chong you immediately think of Cannabis. As one-half of the legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong he helped pioneer a completely unique brand of comedy directed at the counter-culture movement of the early 70’s. The pair came to define a generation of young entertainers and single-handedly launched the genre of Stoner Comedy.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball Hall of Famer Adbul-Jabbar tried to bring herb from Toronto back the U.S. in 1998, but he got caught. Police also arrested him on the suspicion he was under the influence of marijuana. Though pot didn’t just score the athlete trouble. At least Tommy Chong attributes schwag for keeping Adbul-Jabbar “playing eight years past his prime.”

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The television actress and comedian said she planned to open a Santa Ana dispensary called, fittingly, Roseanne’s Joint. It never opened as apparently “it didn’t work out for me and the investor,” Barr told O.C. Weekly via Twitter. She had been personally using medical marijuana to temper glaucoma.

Hugh Hefner

The founder of Playboy left an indelible impression on the cannabis world long before legalization was even a twinkle in a legislator’s eye. In fact, were it not for Hugh Hefner, NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) might never have come to exist at all.

Lady Gaga

Gaga has said in past that her struggles with a condition called fibromyalgia are helped with cannabis use. In 2011 she said she often smokes weed when writing music, claiming it helps to stimulate her creative process.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson made headlines earlier this week for admitting on his podcast “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” that he smokes nearly $40,000 worth of weed in one month.

Back in 2018 after California’s recreational marijuana laws went into effect the boxing champ launched Tyson Ranch, which sells nine strains of cannabis flower, potent extracts and soon, edibles. No wonder he’s up there getting big baked.

Kirsten Dunst

“I do like weed. I have a different outlook on marijuana than America does. My best friend Sasha’s dad was Carl Sagan, the astronomer. He was the biggest pot smoker in the world and he was a genius.”

Snoop Dogg


The 47-year-old ‘Smoke Weed Every Day’ hitmaker is known for… well smoking weed.

He has sold over 35 million albums worldwide since his career began, and has a net worth of NZ$200 million.

Snoop Dogg took a hiatus from smoking weed in 2002 but by 2013 claimed he was smoking approximately 80 blunts a day.

Bill Maher

The television host made a solid point about pot’s ridiculous state-by-state laws by sparking a horse-sized jay on Real Time to treat “glaucoma in his third eye.”


Though sadly MaRihanna was but a beautiful dream, RiRi remains a marijuana disciple if, for no other reason, the champion moment during Coachella 2012 in which she rolled a perfect blunt on her bodyguard’s bald head. She truly does prefer the better things.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is the man so rich he would literally lose money by bending over and pick up a $100 bill, so it stands to reason he’s pretty smart (plus, that whole co-founding Microsoft thing). He publicly backed the 2012 referendum to legalize cannabis in Washington.

But what about partaking in it?

“As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice.” Stepen Manes wrote in Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry – And Made Himself the Richest Man in America.

Michael Phelps

Regaled as one of the greatest Olympic athletes ever, swimmer Phelps was caught taking a massive bong rip (remember, dude’s got good lungs) on camera in 2009 – thus proving you can win gold medals and be fun.

Seth Rogen


Reportedly, a former office of Rogen’s smelled so heavily of cannabis, Sony head Amy Pascal “had” to wait for everything to neutralize before she moved in. When a guy uploads a cross-joint tutorial video, are you allowed to still be surprised?

Steve Jobs

In addition to dropping acid, Jobs was known to toke up and/or eat the occasional pot brownie.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi is a major player in “the niche market” of marijuana products specifically targeted to alleviate menstrual cramps. Since launching in 2016, the line includes tincture, body balm and bath soak. “Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can”t smoke a joint and go to work,”she said.

Remember when they use to say that weed was a gateway drug to more serious substances? Well, today it’s legal in most places in the country, and our favorite celebs indulge in it without shame — so it’s no surprise that weed is one of the most popular substances out there. It’s medicinal!

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