The fight for the legalization of marijuana across all states in the United States continues, but the stoner stereotype remains hard to shake off. Until now, the image of the pot-smoking hippie persists in society, leading advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to finally quash this image once and for all.
The group recently released a list of the “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers” in America, which included the likes of Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, business magnate Michael Bloomberg, and even the US President Barack Obama.
“We hope this list will make people question some of the anti-marijuana propaganda they’ve been hearing for so long,” commented Mason Tvert, MPP’s communications director. “Millions of adults enjoy consuming marijuana for many of the same reasons that adults enjoy consuming alcohol. The only thing that makes marijuana consumers more likely to become ‘losers’ are the legal penalties they face just for using it.”
In fact, a Gallup poll found out that one in every two Americans admits to having tried smoking pot at some point in their lives, showing that people are now less ashamed of their pot-wielding past.
“Fewer than one-third are willing and able to admit they never used marijuana. Times have changed, and so have public attitudes towards marijuana,” Tvert said. “There are a lot more out there that we don’t know about because it is illegal. Marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol. Adults who use it responsibly should not have to choose between keeping it a secret or admitting to a crime.”
MPP’s list this year also includes impressive names from high-profile fields like politics, sports, entertainment, and media, as well as almost all of 2016’s presidential hopefuls.
“In addition to potentially becoming our next president, these marijuana consumers are playing a major role in the national political dialogue,” Tvert said. “Win or lose, they are guiding the debate and influencing the positions of others both within and outside of their parties.”
To see the whole list, check out MPP’s website.
Let’s be honest here: Have you ever tried smoking pot? How was your first experience? Voice your opinions in the comments section below—your opinion matters to the nation.