Photos: Five potheads who went on to change the world
Ever have big plans for your life, but then you got high? Lethargic and under-achieving potheads may have created a bum rap for all of us, but that doesn't mean success and lighting it up are mutually exclusive.
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Breaking news: a lot of famous celebrities and creative-types smoke weed. If this surprises you, then congratulations on getting an Internet connection under that rock you call home. But what about the truly rich and powerful who got faded?
These distinguished individuals aren't just wealthy and/or famous. They're billionaires, world leaders and legends of industry. Here's our list of five interesting people who got high but still found the time and energy to influence society in major ways.
Number 5: Carl Sagan
Long before Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan was America's go-to scientist. Astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist and badass, he didn't get stoned "billions and billions" of times. But he was a strong supporter of smoking marijuana to expand the thought process.
Known for blowing the minds of multiple generations with the TV program Cosmos, Sagan is credited with writing over 600 scientific papers and articles, and he also authored or contributed to more than twenty published books. Among them was Marihuana Reconsidered, in which Sagan writes about his enjoyment of smoking joints under the alter ego "Mr. X." (He wasn't identified as the author until a 1999 biography was published.)
Sagan said he didn't get high the first five or six times he smoked, but let's put that in perspective. If a 350-pound man drank two beers, would he get drunk? No. So if Carl Sagan's hulking brain were matched up against a few puffs of '70s swag, do you really think much would happen?
After finally getting baked, Sagan noted art, visualization and creativity as some of the "many human frontiers in which cannabis has helped me transverse." Later in his life, Sagan publicly advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana.
Continue to keep counting down our list of five potheads who went on to change the world.