Can Stoners Be Successful?

We all know the stereotype that hangs over anyone who smokes pot daily. Lazy, unmotivated, forgetful…maybe that’s the case when we’ve just taken a massive hit from a 35 inch bong. Generally though, high-functioning stoners frequently argue that weed helps them perform better. Weed has been proven to help with stress, anxiety and focus. It may even help stoners be more creative, including the likes of William Shakespeare who is said to have smoked pot occasionally. In any case, the next time someone infers that stoners never amount to much, whip out this successful stoners list.

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What Does the Term “Successful” Mean Here?

Success is an ambiguous word these days. Although it should have never been defined by any single metric, we can’t deny the facts. A good majority correlate success with money, physical achievements and fame. It may not be ideal, but that’s the “standard”.

By whatever standard you choose to measure success, a stoner can top it. A cannabis user can graduate top of their class, own a house, run a country and have a great family. Most of all, a cannabis user can be happy. Just as you can achieve your dreams if you don’t abuse food, it’s the same thing with marijuana. It is worthy to note that many influential people who use marijuana aren’t too vocal about it. It maybe as a result of the controversial nature of the topic.

Successful Stoners List

Rick Steves

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Rick Steves travel personality (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

American travel writer, author, activist and TV personality Rick Steves is America’s leading authority on European travel. Your mom probably has a couple of volumes of Rick Steves she got from AAA.

“As with alcohol, I believe that mature adults should be allowed to smoke marijuana” – Drug Policy Reform and Decriminalizing Marijuana by Rick Steves.

Oliver Stone

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Oliver Stone with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

William Oliver Stone is an American writer, film director & producer with an Academy Award to his name.

According to a post by Stephen C. Webster, Oliver Stone admitted that marijuana “saved him” in Vietnam.

Susan Sarandon

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Susan Sarandon at the Gran Premi Honorífic (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Interestingly, the multi-award winning American actress and activist said she detests cocaine. She referred to it as “chemical things that split you and do horrible things”. On the other hand, pot and mushrooms are her kinda her thing.

Sarandon told High Times Magazine in 2015, “I’m a huge believer that if more people smoked—not just for medicinal purposes, but for lifestyle purposes, instead of drinking—the world would be a better place.”

She also gave some words of wisdom to the Daily Beast in 2014 that every stoner can appreciate, “Don’t be stoned if you have to pretend you’re not”.

Hugh Hefner

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Hugh Hefner smoking pipe in 1978 (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

American magazine publisher and founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Marston Hefner, said smoking pot completed his sexual experience. Go figure.

Hefner said, “Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses. I discovered a whole other dimension to sex. I discovered the difference between fucking and making love.”

LeBron James

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Lebron James Cleveland Cavaliers (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

American professional basketball player LeBron James Sr. is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. He has also won numerous awards on and off the court.

James admitted he used pot during his junior year in high school in his book “Shooting Stars”.

David Letterman

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Late Show with David Letterman (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

David Michael Letterman is an American writer, producer, comedian and television host. He has hosted a staggering 6,080 episodes of Late Night and Late Show. He has the title of the longest serving late night talk show host in American history.

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David once smoked marijuana laced with an animal tranquilizer. Sounds like someone had a wild house party. He clearly stated that he doesn’t smoke pot anymore but used to occasionally.

Phil Jackson

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Coach Phil Jackson (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

This former professional basketball player, coach and NBA executive frankly spoke about marijuana use in “Maverick” – his memoir.

Sarah Palin

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Sarah Palin speaking at CPAC (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

The retired politician, author and reality TV personality admitted trying cannabis without much worry. Her statement during a television appearance further strengthened her stand.

“If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society.”

Honorable Stoner Mentions

The Unfair Indictment of Marijuana

When the real killers are allowed to roam free, it says a lot about the world we live in. Sugar ladened poisons are almost available for free at stores. Alcohol, cigarette and tobacco have always been accorded more privilege from the onset. Only recently did cannabis finally start getting the recognition it long deserved.

What did cannabis ever do to anyone to attract such scrutiny? A scientific study exonerated marijuana from false accusations in 2015. It turns out every other drug tested was classified as posing a risk (including alcohol) except cannabis. Have you ever heard of someone that overdosed on marijuana? My point exactly.

A Short Lecture

Just like most natural and man-made substances, cannabis affects everyone differently. The key lies in the balance – as in most cases in life. Some people go dieting, eating specific kinds of food, at specific times, in specific quantities. Others fast intermittently. Vegans stick to plants and so on. All these principles can be applied to the use of marijuana. There are numerous strains to choose from, each packing unique effects. There are several different ways to consume cannabis. The dose and the timing, it all matters. Once you strike a balance with the desired effects you’ll be a fully productive and more importantly, happily high human. Eureka!

Is there any good reason for anyone to use marijuana? There are dozens of reasons, our cannabis science section breaks it down for you better than Bill Nye! Perhaps you’ve tried marijuana and are convinced it isn’t for you. However, don’t deny others the chance to have their turn. Marijuana education should be encouraged like sex education. They’re both great stuff but bad decisions can be made. Would you rather pretend it’s not happening?

Marijuana and Success

Marijuana won’t give you talent or drive if it isn’t there in the first place. To be successful, you’ve got to put the work in, first and foremost. Many people have talent but hard work and genuine drive will set you apart. How many hours did LeBron play before he got four rings? What if David Letterman let early failures as a weatherman hold him back from debuting the Late Night Show? What if we never had the pleasure to watch Oliver Stone’s script come to life in Scarface?

Maybe you are a high-functioning stoner who performs better high. Maybe you’re not. Perhaps smoking helps you to relax after hours and be more successful when on the clock. Everyone is different. Smoking marijuana won’t make you more successful by definition. Celebrity stoner or not, every stoner has a duty to appropriately represent Mary Jane. Find out what works best for you and let’s break down the stereotype, one successful stoner at a time.

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