As things get greener and greener in America, talking about who does and doesn’t get stoned has become much less of a taboo. Attitudes have changed, and information that may have once shocked people has become fun and playful (and in some cases, even sort of charming). These days it seems like everybody needs to know exactly who smokes weed, and that fascination is doubly so for celebrities. Behold: here are 20 celebrities who smoke weed…and have admitted to it.
When we think about celebrities who smoke weed, out minds typically don’t jump to politicians. You know him as America’s sweetheart and the 44th POTUS, but Mr. President is no stranger to pot, either. In the biography, Barack Obama: The Story, author David Maraniss describes “Barry Obama” as a member of a crew of basketball-playing, weed-toking college boys called “The Choom Gang”, which is a Hawaiian term for smoking marijuana. Maraniss describes how Obama would enjoy elbowing his way into a circle of folks smoking a J and yell, “Intercepted!” and steal a hit out of turn, or “bogart that joint”. Now that’s a president worth voting for.
This Oscar-winning actor coined his “Alright, alright, alright” catchphrase while on the set of his first film, Dazed and Confused, a coming-of-age film about, well, smoking weed, among other things. And McConaughey is certainly one of those celebrities who smoke weed off-screen. He was once arrested while playing the bongos naked at 2 a.m., on suspected marijuana possession. The charges were later dropped, but when was the last time you played the bongos naked at 2 a.m. sober?
This musician got her start bumping around the dirty-yet-hip clubs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and though that doesn’t guarantee she smoked weed then, it seems plausible. But if you want proof of her pot use, watch her documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, where she discusses her issues with fibromyalgia and talks about her love of weed. We tend to forget that celebrities who smoke weed may also use it for medical reasons! Once upon a time, Lady Gaga also apparently smoked so much pot in front of Beyonce, she gave her, “like, a panic attack.” So, yeah. She puts the “can” in cannabis.
With two older sisters (Kourtney, Kim) and one younger brother (Rob), infamous TV personality, model, entrepreneur and homemaker/mom, Khloe Kardashian is third in line of the four Kardashian siblings and appears to be living a pretty golden life, from an outsider’s point of view. Her hit show Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been on the air since 2007 but recently, she came under fire for having a spliff on screen, solidifying her place in the league of celebrities who smoke weed. To be fair, the episode was being filmed in Costa Rica where cannabis has been decriminalized for personal use, and also, um, that’s cool with us?
This 32-year-old actress, model and mother of three kids under age 5 is quoted as having said, “I can’t tell you how much bullshit I’ve been through because I will openly say I smoke weed” in a 2009 interview with British GQ. Just a year earlier in 2008, Fox was placed at the top of the list in FHM Online’s reader poll of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World, beating out Jessica Alba who had won the year before. Though a decade has passed since her win, surely many men and women would still love to smoke a J with her. Her quote continued on with, “I hope they legalize it and when they do, I’ll be the first fucking person in line to buy my pack of joints.” Hear! Hear!
Belcalis Almanzar a.k.a. Cardi B, the somewhat newly famous rapper who has taken the hip-hop game by storm, claims that she was once upon a time a big pothead but now can’t even get slightly high without paranoia striking. Recently, Cardi was woken up by staff from her slumber and kicked out of her Albany, N.Y. hotel room for smoking weed, which she swears she wasn’t even doing. Now that she’s pregnant, perhaps she’ll consider revisiting marijuana, or at least CBD, say, to help manage pain during her baby’s upcoming birth.
We can’t talk about celebrities who smoke weed without mentioning this guy. Doug Benson is a comedian and TV actor as well as a marijuana activist. His popular “Doug Loves Movies” podcast and his video podcast “Getting Doug With High” tell you that this dude likes pot and makes zero effort to hide it. You might almost say that he’s taking every opportunity he gets to let people know he is a fan. In his early 20s, he created a comedy stage show Marijuana-Logues with a few comedian pals and has a goal to record a new album every 4/20. He has used his comedy and career as an opportunity to promote the good ganja word and for that, we salute him.
In a 2016 Vulture article which delves into Pitt’s green history, it was stated that Brad and Angelina broke up because of his love of kind bud, and she thought that was creating a negative atmosphere for their many kiddos. He apparently also rolls perfect joints, if you ask Bill Maher’s opinion, or his own—he has said that he is “an artist” when it comes to his J twisting abilities. The film actor claims to have spent most of the late ‘90s “hiding out from the celebrity thing… smoking way too much dope”. And in 2012, he gave Obama a high five on his efforts to allow weed into the limelight. It’s pretty clear, Pitt digs pot.
Speaking of Pitt, his former love, film actress Jennifer Aniston, is on the record for being cool with smoking pot now and again. “I enjoy it once in awhile. There’s nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation,” Rolling Stone quoted her as having said in an interview in 2001. She also elaborated, explaining, “I wouldn’t call myself a pothead.” That’s cool, Jennifer. If you have extra weed lying around and you don’t think you’ll get to it all, feel free to puff puff pass it over here.
“I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished Izzo”, the mega-wealthy rapper, producer and entrepreneur Jay Z (with a net worth to the tune of 900 million dollars) said about his hit single. Weed can indeed be a creative balm, and he shouted it out more than once for its ability to help him coin a money-generating jam. “It’s seldom that I smoke but it helps my thinker”, he also said in his verse of Beanie Sigel’s “Think It’s A Game”. So if anyone ever tells you that smoking pot is for losers, just mention Jay Z and what a failure that stoner is!
Does this guy even need to be on this list? Who doesn’t know that Willie Nelson is one of the most infamous celebrities who smoke weed? He’s practically the universal symbol for marijuana. If you say his name backwards three times into a mirror, you’ll get high. He may be one of the most infamous stoners in the world, making Snoop Dog look like—well, no, Snoop is pretty high up on the list of infamous stoners. In 2010, the “On The Road Again” singer was busted for pot possession—at age 77. S-e-v-e-n-t-y S-e-v-e-n. That’s TWO sevens, side by side. Dude was old and still smoking. And when he got busted, he didn’t even try to hide that the pot was his or blame it on someone else. Because in Ganja he trusts. Clearly.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper, model and comedian known as “Queen Latifah” is no stranger to the green. She dropped a weed reference on a prime-time TV show when she called out, “A blunt!” as the answer to the question, “things you wrap”, and was busted in 1996 for possession of marijuana. When the officer asked if she had pot in the car, she answered “Yes” because she doesn’t GAF, because she’s a Queen, and Queens can do as they please. It’s hard to say if she’s still in the club of celebrities who smoke weed, but old habits die hard.
In 2015, the comedian and actor regaled Conan with a story about a time she passed a giant red, white, and blue bong (that roastmaster Jeff Ross brought over to her house) to her dad and another time she split an edible with her step-mom Janice at a bar mitzvah and got her very, very high. Her dad was positive he could fly, and her step-mom was sure she could smell colors. Can we order some of what they were smoking, please?
In 2002, The New York Times reported that Harry had been smoking that grass and spent a day in rehab. He also attended a friend’s wedding in Montego Bay where there was a lot of legal pot smoking going on, because pot is legal in Jamaica. So he definitely second-hand smokes, which is known to get cats high, anyway.
The Material Girl, Queen of pop, the luckiest star, a.k.a. Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone does smoke weed, or at least did as recently as 1994, she admitted during an interview with David Letterman in 2009. She explained to him that the night she dropped 13 f*cks in his lap was due to “the joint I smoked before I came on”. No one can cause a stink like good old Madonna, except maybe someone opening a jar of skunk bud in a small, windowless room. She’d probably tell you that being in the group of celebrities who smoke weed is totally in vogue.
According to one overzealous fan’s nerdy and in-depth calculations, rapper, actor and songwriter Wiz Khalifa smokes about 36 (very fat) joints a day. He also has his own “king sized” rolling papers which any smoker (or collector) can by on his website for $5 per package (made of natural hemp gum, no less!) and he even smokes pot before he goes to the gym. All you have to do is watch one of his videos to ascertain that Mr. Khalifa is one of the many celebrities who smoke weed.
The nude pic of model, actor, socialite, TV personality and mother Kylie Jenner toking what appears to be a fat J on her Instagram account had over 3 million likes as of July 2017, but many of her fans found fault with her stoned photo shoot, saying it was rude that she got to pose naked with weed while others were incarcerated for less. Sadly (for the rest of us), getting to do kinda whatever you want to seems like just one of the many perks of celeb life.
Did you know? Norma Jean was purportedly busted (posthumously) smoking weed at a house party with friends in New Jersey in 1958 or 1959. At least, that’s what a short video appears to show. A clip just over a minute long, which was stored in an attic for years until it was recently unearthed, sold for over a quarter-million dollars to a collector. It shows Marilyn laughing, giggling, sniffing her armpit and breaking into hysterics—sounds like stoned behavior to us! The anonymous female videographer claims that it was indeed her weed that got Marilyn (and the rest of them) high.
Comedian and former TV star Dave Chappelle talks about weed a lot. He talks about it in his comedy, he talks about it in his interviews, he jokes about it, he made references to it in his sketches and he smoked, and perhaps continues to smoke it, a lot. He even blames high and low moments on the plant, such as the time he got booed during one of his comeback specials in 2015 in Detroit. In his Netflix stand up special, he elaborated. “I had smoked some reefer with some rappers,” he says. “I don’t know if you know anything about hanging out with rappers, but their weed is very strong.” Note to self: Don’t get super high and then go onstage when filming my (future) Netflix special.
Meghan Markle’s nephew Tyler Dooley
OK, though he’s one of the smaller-scale celebrities who smoke weed, his name is certainly being thrust into the limelight with such a famous aunt (and now Uncle Harry), paired with his timely and interesting career choice plus a slick publicity stunt. Tyler Dooley is a pot farmer in Oregon where he lives and grows our favorite green plant legally, and he created a strain of weed called Markle Sparkle as a gift for Auntie Meghan and Uncle Harry. “Sweet, silky with a hint of strawberry,” is how he describes its taste. He plans to unveil it to the public at a High Times Cannabis Cup in 2018. Clever lad!