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If you are here expecting to see a list of the usual suspects who support the legalization of marijuana, you are going to be a bit surprised. Yes, everyone knows Snoop Dogg loves his greens, Whoopi Goldberg loves her meds and Rihanna isn’t camera-shy when she puffs a doobie away.

We appreciate their support and their candor, but this article is about the quiet and broody type that no one would think loved puffing away or, at the very least, firmly believe that making marijuana legal has great benefits to mankind.

Ok, so you probably know this guy as the typical representation of a “nerd” whom you would assume stayed clear of the potheads in college and kept his head buried in his books. Of course, he had the last laugh when he dropped out of said college and created the most influential company on the planet: Microsoft.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates // Forbes

“It’s probably good to have a couple states try it out to see before you make it national policy.”

Yep, we’re talking about Bill Gates.

Now, although he’s never admitted smoking pot in his younger days, in “Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry – And Made Himself the Richest Man in America” Stephen Manes writes, “As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice.”

Whatever the case may be, what is known for sure is that he voted “Yes” to pass Initiative 502 which legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Washington State.

Bill Maher

Bill Maher // Politico

The TV medium seems to attract some of the best of the pro-legalization league. Bill Maher is a staunch supporter of the movement and has the topic often brought up on “Real Time with Bill Maher”; he even proposed a way of solving the country’s economic problems: legalize marijuana. Maher also sits on the NORML advisory board and strives to get Presidential pardons for inmates who are doing time for non-violent drug offenses.

David Letterman

David Letterman // CBS News

David Letterman, perhaps one of the most beloved of TV hosts ever, confessed that he “went through one period where I smoked a surprising, a really breathtaking, amount of grass almost every night.” Maybe that’s his secret to his “mellow” way of presenting his show during all those years.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

“Legalize it across the board!”

Morgan Freeman has always looked like everyone’s favorite grandpa for decades , it seems – seriously  have a look at his pics from way back and you might lose that high thinking of how he does it. He hasn’t changed a bit – and maybe his time-freeze has something to do with marijuana. Although he started medicating with cannabis after a traffic accident in 2007 (it is the only way he can get relief from fibromyalgia and the relentless pain he suffers because of it) he did start experimenting with marijuana in the late 60s or early 70s when his first wife introduced him to it.

Well, whatever the reason, Freeman is now an ardent supporter of legalization.

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson // Launchbox

“I believe in legalization, I believe in regulation, I believe the taxes can help society.”

Sir Richard Branson was born in London, England. He achieved success at an early age and went on to start Virgin Group, which is now made up of over 400 businesses. He was knighted at Buckingham Palace for his contributions to entrepreneurship. He is one of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs of our time. He also happens to be one of the most highly-respected advocates for marijuana legalization. He often speaks out against prohibition and is actively involved in getting the plant legalized worldwide. He is even looking to potentially invest in the cannabis industry.

David Duchovny

David Duchovny

“Why not allow everyone to benefit from it?”

Now, many movie buffs will probably know him for playing Fox Mulder in “The X-Files,” but his hardcore fans will have love him for playing Hank Moody, the always “out of this world” character in “Californication.” He’s of course, David Duchovny and yes, in real-life too, he’s all for the herb.

“I’m all for legalization. I think people are going to smoke pot anyway, and the idea that people are in jail for smoking pot and dealing pot is reprehensible to me personally,” Duchovny said. “I think you could make a lot of money as a government by treating them like cigarettes and getting your taxes off of them and building roads and taking care of the people that need to be taken care of. I think it’s a great idea. I don’t think it would lead to any more use. Everybody I know, if they want to, has smoked pot. The fact that it’s illegal doesn’t stop anybody I know, so why not allow everybody to benefit from it? It would be billions of dollars of tax revenue.”

This list could go on forever. Names that could be thrown into the mix include:

  • Oprah– Has not made any comments on the legalization movement, but has admitted that she too used to puff-puff-pass back in the day
  • Sarah Palin– Recently commented on Alaska’s legalization plan
  • Jack Black– Says he would legalize everything imaginable if he were “King”
  • Seth Rogen– He made a movie called “Pineapple Express” about cannabis and also premiered his movie “The Interview” at a venue in Denver, Colorado that specifically allows indoor consumption of marijuana
  • Danny DeVito – Says he and his wife have had some great times when they were together under a haze

With more and more of the world embracing the legalization of marijuana, the people sitting at the top have better start listening – because the call is growing louder.

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