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Clarice Lispector’s Ghost

From Snoop Dogg to Oprah Winfrey…discover more!

Although in Malta, we have a long way to go when it comes to stereotyping marijuana users, across the world, the stoner stereotype is starting to ease off a little bit. Especially when such lists are published of iconic world leaders and singer-songwriters who have come out as smokers.

We are sure that you have heard about these ten names, but did you know that they were marijuana users?

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg 10 Successful Marijuana Users Throughout History
Snoop Dogg owns his own weed line

Snoop Dog is one of the most essential figures in contemporary cannabis culture. Being one of the most highly regarded rappers in history, he is the epitome of hip-hop culture. We have to admit that, in this case, Snoop Dog fits perfectly into the stoner persona. However, you will get to know by other names in this list, that this is not always the case.

Snoop Dog has created entire employment opportunities to support smoking marijuana. In fact, he owns his own weed line and is the owner of a marijuana culture website.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama 10 Successful Marijuana Users Throughout History
Obama admitted to have smoked weed

Barack Obama, and many other US presidents, were weed smokers. Obama’s 2013 biography describes Barack as a champion weed smoker who enjoyed smoking in his Hawaiian home. He’s not the only Commander in chief who has admitted this! George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy are all known to have inhaled a smoke or two.

The Beatles

Rumour has it that Bob Dylan turned The Beatles on to cannabis in 1964 which might explain 1969’s Yellow Submarine issue in which the bad could not even hold their guitars! Their exposure to marijuana was also reflected in their mellow and introspective twist to their music with songs like Help! And With a Little Help From My Friends.

Bill Gates

One of the richest men in the world and a personality of mixed opinions. Whether he’s simply the founder of Microsoft or he might, one day, inject a tracker into our body, we will probably never know! What we know for sure is that while he attended Harvard, Gates wasn’t unfamiliar with the drugs of the time. According to his roommate, weed was always his favourite out of the bunch!

Bob Marley

Bob Marley 10 Successful Marijuana Users Throughout History
Bob Marley undoubtedly the King of Reggae & Ganja

Clearly, no surprise here. Everyone and their mother, know that Bob Marley was a cannabis user. Long before his posters were printed everywhere, Bob Marley was the one who brough the Rastafarian movement into mainstream culture. He saw weed as a vital component in religious and intellectual growth and he used it as medication accordingly.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt was everywhere – on every woman’s tongue, on the cover of all the magazines, getting all the awards. In interviews, Brad admitted that he spent most of his time in the 90s hiding out and smoking weed as he was getting uncomfortable being in the spotlight. One of cannabis’ main benefits is treating anxiety so it makes sense that it brough Pitt some relief!

Dave Chappell

Dave Chappell is one of the most influential comedians of the 21st century. He has won two Emmy awards, three Grammys, a Mark Twain prize and a $20 million-per-release Netflix deal. Chappell is known to being a weed user ever since he got into the public eye!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga 10 Successful Marijuana Users Throughout History
Lady Gaga smokes maryjane too

Lady Gaga is one of the most capable stars in today’s world. When describing her creative process when writing songs such as Bad Romance and Born This Way, Lady Gaga claims that ‘to be high is to be creative’. However, her weed use does not stop at creativity. Lady Gaga also uses marijuana to cope with pain from her performance injuries.

Louisa May Alcott

A feminist and a legendary novelist. Her depiction of domestic life in Little Women remains one of the most relevant books ever printed. Her stories also depict that she is quite the cannabis fan. She has written of lovers getting high together, especially in this phrase: ‘A heavenly dreaminess comes over one, in which they move as if on air. Everything is calm and lovely to them: no pain, no care, no fear of anything, and while it lasts one feels like an angel half asleep’.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey 10 Successful Marijuana Users Throughout History
Oprah Winfrey loved smoking some good weed in her youth days

Last but not least…we have Oprah Winfrey on our list. Oprah has gone from poverty to being one of the most successful and influential figures in the history of media. She shatters stereotypes and assumptions, being America’s first black multi-millionaire and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Above all, Oprah has admitted to using weed in the past, although she never admitted that she is a consistent cannabis user.


There you have it…10 successful marijuana users throughout history! There have definitely been more than these ten but, here at, we found these personalities the most interesting of the bunch! 

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Clarice Lispector’s Ghost

Storytelling is my jam; whether it's through words, visuals or pottery, passing on an important or educational message through any medium is where it's at for me. When not writing a ToDo list with the never-ending tasks this scatterbrain has to get to, you'll probably find me with a weight in my hand or getting messy with some clay. Downtime is writing time which includes anything from facts to fiction. Find me typing away hidden under a whole lot of greenery with some green in my hand.

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