Marijuana is loved and loathed in equal measure. While many states and countries have put in place laws that criminalize cultivation, possession, use, sale, and even transportation of cannabis, many other states have passed laws that legalize use of Marijuana for recreational or for medicinal purposes. But with Marijuana increasingly being used in medical circles to treat various illnesses, many people are coming out to support the legalization of the weed.
In fact, more and more public figures have voiced their support for legal weed world over. Here is a list of five celebrities supporting the legalization of Marijuana. Have a look.
1. Dalai Lama
The Tibetan spiritual leader has openly voiced his support for smoking weed for medicinal purposes. The Mongolian mentor has often emphasized that any substance that has pharmaceutical virtues and also promotes mental freedom and clarity of thought then ought to be used when the need arises. Even then, Dalai Lama doesn’t support use of the weed for recreational purposes as he perceives that such a use is an unethical and actually makes the brain go crazy. This, according to him, becomes an obstruction to clear thinking and reasoning.
2. Megan Fox
Megan is one of the more vocal celebrities advocating for decriminalization and legalization of Marijuana. But opposed to stance by public figures such as the Highness Dalai Lama and Melissa Etheridge who supports legal weed for medical reasons, Megan supports it for its ethereal sedating effect on the brain. To Megan, smoking weed would help individuals control their emotions and as a consequence, there would be fewer outbursts of violence and confrontations in the society. Whether her views holds true is subject to debate but certainly her voice has a great impact on the journey towards a legal weed.
3. Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg is talented and beautiful, characteristics that have earned her acting roles on films such as ‘The Color Purple’, ‘Ghost’, and ‘Hollywood Squares’ amongst others. Despite her success in the acting fronts, Goldberg suffers from Glaucoma, a discomforting and often painful eye disease. Goldberg has used a vaporizer pen on daily basis to help her manage the pains resulting from the condition. She has no qualms to legalizing the weed for medical purposes to help those suffering from different illnesses. According to her
column to The Cannabist, Whoopi admits that every sip of the weed relieves her from pains, pressure, discomfort, and stress.
4. Melissa Etheridge
There are celebrities who smoke the legal weed for fun but there are those who need it for their health. One such case is the Rock star queen Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, first used the ‘ganja’ while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatments so as to reduce the resulting pain. She also used the weed for nine more years after the treatment so as to reduce the side effects of the high dosage of chemotherapy she received while on the treatment table. During an interview with CNN, Melissa emphasized that, apart from minimizing the gastrointestinal pain, Marijuana improved her appetite, eased depression and generally regulated her sleep.
Rihanna is beautiful and talented. She is also a weed lover. Like Megan Fox and Snoop Dog, RihRih smokes for fun. Neither does she care if the world knows for she constantly puts captions and messages on the lures and love for the joint on her social media accounts. In addition to voicing her support for the weed, Rihanna has also incorporated weed smoking scenes in her albums such as the scenes in
“We Found Love” music video.
There is still a raging debate on whether the world should embrace legal weed in totality or keep it as an illegal substance. Whatever the take, the above celebrities have had a big say in decriminalizing the weed. It remains to be seen if more states will legalize the weed in the near future.