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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson, is an American author and poet. She is especially known for her series of autobiographies, such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. What Angelou is not known for is her pot usage. However, in a few of her autobiographies, Angelou admits to indulging in marijuana from time to time.
Louis Armstrong, commonly referred to with the nicknames Satchmo or Pop, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer who rose to fame in the 1920s and was a foundational influence in jazz. Known for his voice just as well as his trumpet playing Armstrong took the popular music scene by storm. During this time he was one of the first African American entertainers to really "cross over," becoming popular with white people as well as African Americans. Armstrong was also a medical marijuana smoker and even wrote a few songs about the drug such as “Muggles.” However his pot smoking got Armstrong in trouble; Armstrong was convicted of marijuana possession, eventually receiving a reduced sentence. Armstrong passed away on July 6, 1971, at the age of 69 due to heart failure.
Michael Bloomberg is a business magnate, politician, philanthropist and the one of the wealthiest persons in the United States (with a net worth of over $27 billion). Bloomberg is also served three consecutive terms of New York City Mayor since 2002. What many people don’t know about Bloomberg is that he smoked pot at one time and has, in fact, been quoted saying, “You bet I did. I enjoyed it." This led the organization NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) to hold a supposed $500,000 advertising campaign featuring his image and the quote. In 2002, Bloomberg said that he regretted the remark and does not believe marijuana should be decriminalized.
Richard Branson, or Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson if you’re feeling a little more formal, is a business magnate and investor, best known for being the founder of the Virgin Group, which consists of more than 400 companies. Branson is also a famous proprietor of marijuana legalization and even famously asked for marijuana when he went to the White House to meet President Obama. He also smoked weed with his son Sam during a surfing holiday in Australia where he said, "I don't think smoking the occasional spliff is all that wrong. I'd rather my son did it in front of me than behind closed doors.” Branson credits Rolling Stone's Keith Richards as the first person to teach him how to roll a joint and often speaks out about the decriminalization of cannabis.
Art Garfunkel is a is a Grammy winning singer and poet best known for his work alongside Paul Simon in their folk band, Simon & Garfunkel. Although Garfunkel was never seen as truly as someone who parties often he did have his share of thrills. Garfunkel has been arrested twice for the possession of cannabis, first in early 2004 and then again in August 2005.
Hate him or love him LeBron James is an amazing basketball player who has has earned two NBA championships. However, in 2002, while James was deciding as a student in high school to declare for NBA draft, James began smoking marijuana to cope with the stress he had built from all the media attention he was receiving.
Hugh Hefner started in Playboy Enterprises 1953 with a $600 bank loan and $8,000 from 45 investors. The rest was history after Hefner managed to sell 50,000 copies of the first Playboy magazine ever. Hefner isn't shy about admits to have smoked pot and has been outspoken about legalizing medical marijuana.
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