For years, the word “rich” carries a broad range of possible connotations – classy, refined, eloquent, regal … and high? From smoking flower to consuming marijuana hash, the wealthy are dialed in.
Gone were the days when the wealthy are boxed within the “prim and proper” notion. Today, the newer generations of the top 1% are more than willing to break the strict expectations and experience a different dose of high and wildness.
From business tycoons, politicians, to award-winning artists, here are 8 of the richest cannabis users.
Get to know them:
Perhaps, it is safe to say that almost every guy has heard the name “George Zimmer” before. He is, after all, the founder and former CEO of the popular clothing chain, Men’s Warehouse. Although Zimmer was fired as executive chairman in 2013 due to his “unwillingness to hand over the reins,” the entrepreneur remains to be one of the biggest fish in the cannabis pond.
In fact, in 2010, Zimmer has openly showcased his support for the legalization of cannabis by donating a staggering $70, 500 to support the Proposition 19 in California.
Five years later, in an interview with CNBC, the former CEO said he has been regularly smoking marijuana for half a century already. When asked about his stand about the marijuana prohibition, Zimmer is quick to respond, saying: “This is the biggest con that has been perpetrated on this country in the last century.”
No one can debunk the unpleasant stereotypes linked to marijuana users more than the American billionaire Ted Turner. Not only is he famous for founding the first 24-hour news network, CNN, but he is also regarded as America’s second-largest individual landowner and a self-made billionaire. In 2014, Forbes estimated Ted Turner’s net worth at $2.2 billion. Today, Turner continues to rise as one of the top media tycoons in the country.
For years, Ted Turner has been rumored to have been a marijuana user. Some sources even claimed he had been caught growing marijuana in his dorm room at school. Although the mega-mogul refused to clarify the rumors, his vocal support for the legalization of cannabis and his consistent role as a sponsor of the Kentucky Hemp Museum already seem to confirm the report.
Richard Branson is not the kind to back out from anything – even from admitting he smokes marijuana. In fact, in an interview with GQ magazine, the founder of the Virgin empire had admitted he tried using cocaine, ecstasy, Viagra, and marijuana.
“I haven’t tried skunk, I have smoked cannabis though. I mean, I went with my son on his gap year, for God’s sake. We learned to surf and had some nights where we laughed our heads off for eight hours,” the multi-millionaire airline boss told Piers Morgan.
As a bonus, the British entrepreneur also said that the first person to teach him how to roll a joint is none other than Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
For years, Branson has been one of the most devoted supporters of the legalization of marijuana and even said he’d put in on sale if it were to become legal.
No one lives the “American Dream” more accurately than Hugh Hefner. From astounding mansions, fanciful lifestyle, dream girls, to regular puffing of cannabis – this magazine tycoon seems to has it all. Despite his death in 2017, the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine remains to be one of the biggest faces of celebrity cannabis users.
“I don’t think there’s any question that marijuana should be legalized because to not legalize it, we’re paying the same price we paid for prohibition,” he told Fox News on 2010 when asked about his stand on the legalization of the plant. “In other words, it is a medical concern and it should be handled that way.”
In a book called High in America: The True Story Behind NORML and the Politics of Marijuana, Hefner shared how marijuana made him see sex in a different light. “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,” the Playboy magnate told Patrick Anderson.
Nothing tops Michael Bloomberg when it comes to being the face of success. Not only is he the co-founder and CEO of the financial, software, data, and media giant, Bloomberg L.P, but he also became a three-term Mayor of New York City. Forbes estimated his net worth to be a stunning $55B and was even hailed as the 9th richest people in the world.
In 2001, Bloomberg was asked by New York Magazine whether he had ever tried marijuana, in which he responded with the iconic line: “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”
He then later came to regret making the comment when the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Foundation unveiled a $500,000 ad campaign featuring his face alongside the quote.
“In terms of, I had, certainly when I was younger, as I suppose most people in my generation, experimented,” he told during a news conference. “I never lie, so if somebody asked me a question, I told them. Do I, in retrospect, wish I didn’t say it that day so they couldn’t quote it? Of course.”
However, despite his experience with the plant, Bloomberg was not fond of decriminalizing marijuana. In 2013, he even called medical marijuana “one of the greatest hoaxes of all time.”
The American business magnate and co-founder of Microsoft isn’t just commendable for having the world’s largest private charitable foundation but also for his vocal support for the legalization of marijuana13 in his home state of Washington.
Although the Microsoft’s mogul has been mum on whether he had used to smoke cannabis, his 1994 interview with Playboy seem to suggest a possible answer. During the said interview, Gates was asked if he had ever taken drugs, particularly LCD. He responded by saying: “My errant youth ended a long time ago.”
When asked to further his answer, the American entrepreneur only said: “That means there were things I did under the age of 25 that I ended up not doing subsequently.”
Bill Gates now stands as the top 2 richest individuals in the world, according to Forbes.
Aside from his vocal support for democratic ideals and causes, the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros is also a faithful supporter of the legalization of marijuana. In fact, since 1984, he has been injecting more than $80 million of his money to various alliances and networks for the advancement of the legalization of marijuana.
Although he said he finds no use for drugs, the prominent international investor admitted he once tried smoking cannabis.
“I tried marijuana and enjoyed it, but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years,” Soros said in an interview.
As a well-known humanitarian, George Soros believed that the marijuana laws are doing more harm to people than good.
“The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries. But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences,” he asserted.
Perhaps, we can all agree that no other CEO could top the grand stature of Steve Jobs when it comes to the public realm. After all, who would forget the genius mind behind the Apple gadgets? In 2010, he was hailed by Forbes to be the 17th most powerful person. And even when he succumbed to cancer in 2011, he was still regarded as one of the leading pioneers of the microcomputer revolution.
Prior to his death, Jobs’ involvement in recreational drug use is not a secret to the public. In fact, he was even able to give a talk about his drug experiences, particularly with LSD and marijuana. During the interview, the Apple Co-Founder expressed that his use of LSD was one of the “two or three most important things” he ever did in his life. He also said he and his friends used to smoke marijuana and eat pot brownies for some time before. For Jobs, the reason behind his marijuana usage stems from the relaxing effect the plant provides, along with its creative significances.
Today, Steve Job’s legacy continues to affect the computer, wireless, and even cannabis industries.
After his death, Daniel Kottke, an old friend of Jobs’ told CNN that Jobs’ experiments with drugs stopped with the dawn of his company, Apple.
“Once Apple started, Steve was really focused with all of his energy on making Apple successful… and he didn’t need psychedelics for that,” he explained.
Surely, the “high” and wealthy will always have their own ways to stay on top. From CEOs, politicians, sports personalities, to celebrities, there always comes a broad list of rich people who find leisure in the company of the green plant.
Who among these people do you fancy sharing a joint with?
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A Complete Guide To Vaping
Vaping has managed to become the new buzzword. From older people to college students, you can see almost everyone using a vape. If you are a beginner planning to jump into the world of vaping, the sheer amount of terms and information can confuse you.
Are you wondering what vaping is and how you can become a pro at it? Here is a complete guide to help you through it.
What is vaping?
For those who are new to it, vaping is the process of inhaling vapor produced by a device called a vaporizer. A vaporizer is a tiny, compact device that allows you to inhale the vapor, whether for recreational reasons or medicinal. It consists of a coil, tank, battery, and mouthpiece. When you power the device, the coil heats the substance you put in the tank to produce vapor that you can inhale from the mouthpiece.
What is vape juice?
If you are wondering what goes in the vaporizer tank, it is vape juice or e-liquid or e-juice. It is the fluid that the vaporizer heats to produce vapor for you. It is the life of the device, and your entire vaping experience can depend on it. You have to carefully select the quality, contents, and flavor of your vape juice. You can easily buy cheap vape juice from online stores for an enjoyable vaping experience.
Vape juice consists of water, flavor, Propylene Glycol (PG), and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). The manufacturers use food-grade flavors, ranging from fruits to desserts and everything in between. Vegetable Glycerin is a sweet and thick liquid extracted from vegetable oil that gives consistency to vape juice and ensures you get more significant vapor clouds. Propylene Glycol, on the other hand, is a petroleum by-product and gives you an intense hit in every puff. Ideally, most vape juices have a VG/PG ratio of 40:60.
What are the different types of vaporizers?
Today’s market is brimming with all kinds of vaporizers, making it extremely difficult to pick a suitable one. Here are a few popular types of vaporizers that you can choose from:
1. Vape Pen
Vape pens are the sleekest yet straightforward vaporizers. They resemble a pen, and you can easily carry them around in your pockets. A vape pen is powerful, has a rechargeable battery, and produces more vapor.
2. Box Style
As the name suggests, the box style vaporizer is shaped like a box and is slightly bigger than a vape pen. They are customizable and give you complete control over your vaping experience.
3. Mechanical Mods
Mechanical mods tend to be simple with basic technology yet deliver high performance. It is long-lasting, powerful, and easy to use, making it ideal for regular vaping.
4. Disposable Vaporizers
If you aren’t sure if you are in it for the long run, you can get a disposable vaping device. You can use the device until the battery lasts and then dispose of it. It is cheaper, simple, and most accessible, especially for beginners.
The world of vaping is expansive and continually growing. With this guide, you know all the basics of vaping. Now it is time to get your device and vape juice to have a unique vaping experience.
How ‘Someone Great’ Normalized Women Consuming Weed
For the longest time, there was a societal misconception that only men had the right and the ability to use weed. Often, stoner films and even musicians centered on male personalities who have been taking this herb. As a matter of fact, these films show men huddling around and passing their joint to one another, as well as sharing their marijuana with fellow weed enthusiasts.
Today, it cannot be denied that the use of cannabis and even CBD Hemp oil has already been normalized in society, albeit far and few in between. After all, having a daily dose of pure cannabidiol or a hit of a joint is no different from having a glass of wine to relax, particularly after a long day. Someone Great, Netflix’s newest film is showing viewers just how women are taking back their space and showing the use of weed in their everyday life.
Setting the Pace
Television shows have already featured strong female personalities who have used cannabis. In fact, the characters of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in Broad City have had numerous adventures with this plant. One of these hilarious escapades includes Ilana transporting cannabis and keeping it safe under her lady bits.
Mary + Jane from MTV also takes pride in showing two strong women breaking through a male-dominated weed delivery company in Los Angeles. Even Disjointed featured a commanding female presence through a cannabis activist who runs her own dispensary, perfectly depicted by Kathy Bates.
A More Relatable Approach
While these shows paved the way for the plant and the many CBD hemp oil benefits to become known, it seems that the film Someone Great appears more relatable, particularly for women who are not only experiencing a breakup but also those who are going through overwhelming changes in life.
Here, the character of Gina Rodriguez, the protagonist of the breakup comedy named Jenny, is finally moving from the Big Apple to sunny San Francisco. Having recently broken up with her boyfriend of nine years, Jenny makes it a point to leave the city with a bang. To do this, she meets with her two girlfriends, Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) and goes on a series of wild exploits throughout Manhattan.
What makes these 20-something women relatable, apart from their kinship and their struggles, is their love for pot. As they began their thrilling journey around the city, each of these female characters either smokes up a joint or inhale the vapor of their CBD oil vape pen. Whether it be having sexual trysts or doing some work and grinding it up, this film illustrates that women are still capable of doing whatever they set their mind do even while taking cannabis.
This Netflix movie successfully showed using weed has become more accepted not only in society but also as a part of people’s lifestyle. In many ways, this has also become akin to taking a generous serving of wine at night, particularly when it comes to relaxing.
Various Uses of Cannabis
Jenny, Erin, and Blair all showed how they used cannabis in their life. Come to think of it, while each of these characters used it hastily, all of these individuals benefited from taking this herb. One enjoyed sex better, one became more relaxed and equipped in dealing with work, and so on.
Apart from using these in non-traditional ways, cannabis can also be used to alleviate pain and to treat a variety of illnesses and health concerns. The market now has CBD oil for pain management, CBD beauty products, and so on, thus upping the hemp game of the industry.
Someone Great shows that women are also adept with dealing with cannabis on screen. More than this, the film depicts a sense of rawness and relatability that allows viewers to see for themselves that weed does not have to be shunned. Give it a go and see just how eye-opening this movie can be.
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