Cannabis has long been accepted as a lady. Heck, her name is Mary Jane. We have to give thanks to Mother Earth who has bestowed this amazing plant upon us, with its coveted flowers. So, too, we should thank these marijuana-loving mamas. They may no longer be consuming cannabis these days, but they have at some point. When you’re done – check out our article about some awesome pot loving papas.
1. Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart was once a model for Chanel and a prison inmate. In the summer of 2013, the undisputed Queen of DIY did an interview with Andy Cohen of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” During the interview, Cohen compliments Stewart’s craft skills and segues into cannabis. He asks mother Martha point-blank if she knows how to roll. Her short answer:
“Of course I know how to roll a joint.”
It appears she 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. Natalie Portman
Vibrant mom Natalie Portman is well known for her movie roles across a variety of genres. In addition to her intense dedication to acting, Portman also graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology. Entertainment Weekly interviewed her in 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.”
4. 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.
5. Alanis Morissette
You oughta know that Alanis uses pot – and that she is a mother. 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.”
6. Sarah Palin
In 2008, Palin made headlines 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. Some lucky journalist found that two years prior, in 2006, this mother 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.
7. Lily Allen
You know about Lily Allen, the British pop sensation, right? I recall hearing her accent on the airwaves, schooling me on letting boys go when they treat you badly. Now married and mum to two little ones, Allen’s back on the music scene with a different kind of anthem.
In the biography “Smile: Lily Allen” by Bella Wolfson, Allen is quoted as saying:
“I smoked my first spliff when I was 15. (Mum’s) a busybody, and I hated that when I was younger, and I smoked a lot of weed.”
8. Queen Victoria
She sure doesn’t look like much fun, does she?
Queen Victoria was a mother nine times over. No matter that her cousin was her husband and the father of her children in the mid 1800s. There is an entire era named after her — the Victorian Era — and to this day she remains the longest ruling British Monarch. Author Richard Miller documents Queen V’s involvement with cannabis in his book “Drugged”:
The medicinal uses of cannabis were taken very seriously and endorsed by authorities such as the Lancet […] Even Queen Victoria was prescribed tincture of cannabis. It is believed she was amused (perhaps very amused).
9. Melissa Etheridge
As a breast cancer survivor, Etheridge had the opportunity to use medical marijuana to soothe the side effects of her treatment. Now she wants to help others attain the same rights. She even had a booth set up at an Albany concert to help supporters sign petitions relevant to the cause. In an opinion piece for CNN in August 2013, Etheridge says of the herb,
“I have been a medicinal marijuana smoker for nine years now. I find relief from the gastrointestinal effects of the chemo even now. I find it helps with regulating my sleep. I also enjoy it before I watch “Game of Thrones.”
If you need to smoke marijuana, Melissa Etheridge wants to help you do that.