TODAY, WHILE MANY ATTENDED CHURCH followed by Easter brunch, ganja smokers around the world celebrated 4/20 with the sanctity of a wake ‘n’ bake. Though the act can call forth images of couch-locked unproductiveness and Funyun binges, our rich history of hemp-honoring hall-of-famers will make you think differently about the common weed enthusiast.
Here are 40 of the most successful stoners of all time.
1. Barack Obama
“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently.”
“That record was, like, a process. I remember…I don’t smoke that much…. Well, my man who sold weed and shit came, and he said, “Man, you need — man, just smoke some weed.” I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished “Izzo.””
3. Bill Maher
“I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana. About 50,000 times.”
4. Bill Gates
“As for drugs — well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice.” (From Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry — And Made Himself the Richest Man in America, by Stephen Manes)
5. George Clooney
The owner of a local cannabis cafe in Amsterdam once told reporters that Clooney was “no stranger there,” while shooting on location for Ocean’s Twelve.”