Marijuana has long been accepted as female, heck, she’s Mary Jane. And as Mother Earth is recognized for giving us this incredible plant whose female flowers are so coveted, so too are these mothers recognized for their love of the herb. Take a gander at our 15 Marijuana Mamas — past and present users who enjoy(ed) their MJ as much as the next guy.
1. Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart has been a Chanel model, a mother and an inmate. In the summer of 2013, the undisputed Queen of DIY had an interview with Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” During the conversation, Cohen compliments her craft skills and segues into cannabis, asking Ms. Martha point-blank if she knows how to roll. Her short answer: “Of course I know how to roll a joint.”
It appears the woman really can do it all.
2. Amy Poehler
Comedy and cannabis go way back, and Amy Poehler, one of the funniest women on the planet, has tried marijuana — and possibly liked it — at some point. Poehler is the shining star of “Parks and Recreation” and the mother of two boys, Archie and Abel, with ex-husband Will Arnett. A little-known fact? She was once a judge at the High Times Cannabis Cup and told Conan O’Brien about the event in a 2012 interview,
“It’s a real event where people from all over the world come to try different weed and say which is the best.”
While the extent of Poehler’s use is hazy at best, what is clear is that she is no stranger to ganja.
3. Susan Sarandon
If you have been under a rock the past year it’s possible you haven’t heard actress Susan Sarandon express her feelings on marijuana … several times. Fellow actress Kathy Bates has said she has personally tried the “good shit” with Sarandon, as recently as last June. Sarandon even graced this year’s High Times 40th anniversary party with her presence. She gave her insights on marijuana to The Daily Beast this past July:
“It will be legal everywhere, and that will cause a very interesting tipping point. Certainly, if more people were smoking instead of drinking, people don’t get mean on weed, don’t beat up their wives on weed, and don’t drive crazy on weed. They just get hungry, don’t go out of the house, or laugh a lot. I think it would make for a much more gentle world.”
Listen, the 60-something Sarandon has raised three children in addition to the 120-plus acting credits under her belt. She deserves the right to choose how she relaxes at the end of the day, just like the rest of us.
4. Natalie Portman
Vibrant mom Natalie Portman is well known for her movie roles across a variety of genres. She covered sci-fi as a young girl in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,” she lent her talents to indie flicks like “Garden State,” she horrified us in the cerebral thriller “Black Swan” and the list goes on. In addition to her intense dedication to acting, Portman also graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology. Entertainment Weekly interviewed herin December 2010:
“I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven’t smoked in years. I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10 p.m. I can’t do that anymore.”
What can be said about Madonna that hasn’t already been said 100 times before? We’ve seen the entertainer evolve from a “Material Girl” into a “Ray of Light” and she’s still in flux today. In 1994 she got some serious side-eyes when she used the “F” word 13 times during a nationally televised interview with David Letterman. A mother to four children and arguably one of the most famous women in the world, Madonna revealed to Letterman in a more recent interview that marijuana had been the cause of her potty mouth that night, saying: “I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on.”
6. Megan Fox
Sultry starlet Megan Fox, well known for her roles in “Transformers” and “Jennifer’s Body,” is infamous for giving fairly candid interviews. She doesn’t mind using a swear word or five. When asked about America’s drug war, she spoke openly in a 2009 interview with British GQ:
“It’s all propaganda. I can’t tell you how much bullshit I’ve been through because I will openly say that I smoke weed… People look at it like it’s this crazy, hippy, fucked-up thing to do. And it’s not! I hope they legalise it and when they do I’ll be the first fucking person in line to buy my pack of joints.”
Well, all righty then, Megan.
7. Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand simply could not be any more famous. Her extensive résumé and widely celebrated singing and acting career spans decades. Her talent is indisputable. But did you know that she used to smoke weed — publicly, on stage?! As in, “Hi there, I’m Barbra Streisand, I’m going to talk to you about pot and basically smoke a joint.”
Read along with Exhibit A as you listen to Exhibit B, a recording of her live performance in April 1972 at The Forum in Southern California. And if you still have doubts — check out this 1971 interview Babs did with Rolling Stone.
8. Frances McDormand
Most stoners will recognize Frances McDormand for her work in “Almost Famous” or “Fargo.” Both have gained cult-movie status and McDormand shines as a mother in both roles. In an interview with High Times in 2003, Frances explains her thoughts on recreational and medical marijuana:
“I’m a recreational pot-smoker. Because it’s not a constant in my life, I don’t say it should be made legal so it’s more available. But from a medical point of view — I have friends who need to use it — why should they have to look too hard for the thing that makes them better? So from that point of view, it’s like, ‘Please, what is the problem?’”
9. Alanis Morissette
Audiences at large were introduced to Alanis Morissette via the 1980’s television show, “You Can’t Do That On Television.” The shortly shorn teen from those days evolved into a long-haired, don’t-care pop icon whose third album, “Jagged Little Pill,” took the mid-’90s by the balls (can I say “balls”?). Morissette spoke honestly about pot with High Times in 2009:
“As an artist, there’s a sweet, jump-starting quality to it for me. I’ve often felt telepathic and receptive to inexplicable messages my whole life. I can stave those off when I’m not high. When I’m high – well, they come in and there’s less of a veil, so to speak.”
10. Sarah Palin
Recently, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin made headlines in her home state when an argument in a bar turned into an all-out family brawl. In 2008, Palin made headlines of a different kind when she was announced as the running mate of presidential candidate John McCain. A politician’s rise to prominence typically includes a dive into their personal life. Two years prior, in 2006, Palin was quoted by the Anchorage Daily News,
“I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.”
Lots of news sources, like CBS News, Reason, Time, The Atlantic and others have cited this article; however, the post appears to have been removed from the Anchorage Daily News (now Alaska Dispatch News) website.
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