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Photos: Five potheads who went on to change the world

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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.

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

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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.


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Scott Ingalsbe
Scott Ingalsbe

If you consider those 5 "pot heads" you have no idea what a pot head is.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

This isn't news...it's propaganda.

VIPelle
VIPelle

The Limbaugh information has been debunked, I'm afraid, but since you are using others' testimony (re: Ted Turner) there's this: http://www.veryimportantpotheads.com/limbaugh.html. You picked four of the five "potheads" highlighted in a recent California NORML campaign, which added a "Tokin Woman" (Jennifer Aniston). You might add the recently-in-denial Hillary Clinton http://www.veryimportantpotheads.com/limbaugh.html, or Maya Angelou http://tokinwoman.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-oh-maya.html.

Philip Kehn
Philip Kehn

Brooke Groff. I can't believe Willie isn't on this list?!

Supernova49
Supernova49

Just because someone has used marijuana doesnt mean they got where they are because of it or that they used it on a regular basis. I've been smoking for 30 years and I know I am a lot more productive without it, doesnt mean its a bad thing, I'm just tired of these morons glamorizing it.

Michelle Bowes
Michelle Bowes

I'm so glad this doesn't say "for the better" at the end.

Denver Westword
Denver Westword

We're not sure that's actually true. In fact, we're pretty sure it isn't.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

And just what % of that question even relates to the issue stated here?

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

What about famous drinkers who changed the world?

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

Sadly Obama is the loser that is sending the U.S. on a downward spiral.

Montague Ironstagg
Montague Ironstagg

And what % of drinkers will get behind the wheel after one too many?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

HipTip -- simply because someone tried pot once or even a few times doesn't make them a Pothead.


Note to Stoners -- no matter how much pot you smoke, your ignorance and illiteracy will always prevent you from ever achieving anything like those "world changing" icons listed above.


hth

Joe Maldonado
Joe Maldonado

Obama bin Laden is not one of them unless you mean change the world for the worst

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

Ted Turner has always been one of my favorite potheads. He's the second largest private land owner in America and smokes a joint every day. #freedom

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@VIPelle Rush was more a hillbilly heroine abuser, that and Viagra on his international trips to visit children.

Rush made lying cool for teabaggies everywhere.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Supernova49 So you are a chronic user of that which you suggest makes people a moron?  Think about it........

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You are a complete idiot.  You should know at least something before you expose yourself as the loser you are.

It is conservative policies that are causing any "downward spiral."  You know, like the ones that caused the first and the second great republican depressions.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Your comment fails to disprove the truth, that many great achievers have used pot, many have used it often.  Remember the Beatles?

There are many losers that don't use.  We're trying to get their nominating convention!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You mean Osama bush Laden, the worst president since reagan?

ostrogoth
ostrogoth

@muhutdafuga Wrong answer idiot, look at the fucked up state of our country. Everything  Obama has done lately has been bad news. Trading terrorists for a traitor marine, allowing all these illegals to come in and buts them to where ever USA. Worst president EVER. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... Many great achievers have worn cotton underwear ... or drank whiskey ... or snorted cocaine.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@ostrogoth @muhutdafuga OOOOh, the radical right wing nut can call names.  They can smear, they can lie, they even seem to be able to abuse children.  But they can't govern.  Your every feeling is wrong, you live in a cult inspired, fact free radical right wing universe.  Thank you for demonstrating that.

Now let's point out your errors/lies one by one:


You spewed wrong answer.  It is only wrong if you are a conservative with their pathological aversion to truth.  Then you say I'm an idiot.  So you're saying that you got owned by an idiot?  That puts you at the sub idiot level, or one of the brighter cultservatives.  You say "everything" Obama has done...."  Once again, gross generalizations have exposed a sub idiot, in this case, you.  You radical right wing nuts whine about Obama's "programs", yet your cult of obstruction won't pass his programs.  Trading terrorists.....they are conservatives, good riddance!  "Illegals?  Name a republican that has done more to deport illegals.  In fairness, bush-lite sank the US economy so bad that "illegals" weren't coming to America because of the Second Great Republican Depression.

On a second post, you let your cult adled feelings loose, wrongly claiming that "illegals" will be getting free health care via the Affordable Healthcare Act.  SHOW ME EXACTLY WHERE THE BILL AUTHORIZES THIS.  I'll be waiting for your answer, and calling you out for lying/being uninformed when you fail.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@ostrogoth @muhutdafuga Moron cultservatard...or is it rePEDOPHILIcAn?  Or is it fascist?

Most good Americans find simply being called "conservative" an insult.

Now if you want to trade insults, you will lose.  However, if you rely on facts, you will surely lose, because FACTS ARE LIBERAL. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

I'm SOOOOOOOooooooooooo surprised that the little right winger was at a loss for facts, specifically where the Affordable Healthcare Act authorizes care for "illegals."

While radical right wing talking points are conservative, FACTS ARE LIBERAL.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... so many brain-dead bong-sucking low-information quasi-literate stoners are easily misled by such "famous people did it too" nonsense.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ostrogoth ... yes, of course the Repuglykkkan solution is to let the CHILDREN SUFFER and die.


Go fuck yourself, you shitsucking maggot.


ostrogoth
ostrogoth

@DonkeyHotay @ostrogoth their own miserable countries need to take care of them. Hopefully these disease infected aliens will end up infecting you or your shiity ass family. Apparently you get so upset because you are way out there spaced out, keep token and spending all your time on Westword's website.What a loser life you lead!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... so why encourage them with false rationalizations for their illiterate uneducated stoner lifestyle?





muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga I disagree with your characterization of "their illiterate, uneducated stoner lifestyle.  While there are plenty of illiterate, uneducated people, neither I nor the data support pot as the causal element.  Go to a tea party meeting and you'll see many illiterate, uneducated people, yet being a tea bagger doesn't cause stupidity.  It is more likely that the stupidity creates the baggie.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... so either the pot made them stupid, lazy and illiterate, or the stupid, lazy and illiterate are drawn to use marijuana ... on a chronic, habitual basis.


Either way, the stupidity, lassitude and illiteracy is endemic to stoner culture, a culture which embraces, celebrates and even promotes such willful ignorance.





muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @muhutdafuga There are too many exceptions to your statement, both idiots that have never used, and brilliant users.

There may be a culture of users that, like teabaggers, celebrate ignorance.  If so, these folks do not represent most pot users.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga "There may be a culture of users that, like teabaggers, celebrate ignorance"


And like Teatards, those are the CORE group. Your pathetic apologetics for the obvious is no more convincing than arguing that some Teabaggers aren't idiotic bigoted low-grade imbeciles.



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