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High and Wealthy: Top 8 Richest People Who Have Used Marijuana

Stacey Wellington

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Richest Cannabis Users

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:

  • George Zimmer

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.”

  • Ted Turner

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

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.

  • Hugh Hefner

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.

  • Michael Bloomberg

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.”

  • Bill Gates

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.

  • George Soros

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.

  • Steve Jobs

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.

Conclusion:

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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Get the Best Sleep of Your Life with CBD Oil

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CBD Oil and Sleep

CBD oil has been touted as a miracle worker by avid users that even those who are not regular users of this product have started exploring what it has to offer. From treating chronic pain and even being used for addressing acne and other similar skin conditions, cannabidiol seems to be present just about everywhere you look.

With the strides it has made in the field, it appears that CBD products have successfully permeated various sectors, including those for sleep. After all, no matter how medical professionals and experts have emphasized the importance of sleep and getting enough rest, individuals from all over the world still suffer from insufficient sleep and rest.

A recent study conducted by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine that around 30 to 35 percent of adults have difficulty in either staying asleep or giving in to rest. At times, these individuals also encounter irregular sleeping patterns, especially with the heightened use of technology.

Lack of Sleep and Its Effects

Sleep and rest are both vital in fulfilling day-to-day tasks. It helps individuals stay on top of their game and achieve productivity. However, insomnia and other sleep-related disorders could hinder individuals from getting the best sleep of their life.

Without ample rest, individuals are more likely to succumb to depression and have higher blood pressure. This can also lead individuals to suffer from poor memory, a lack of motivation, daytime sleepiness, and even an increased risk for incurring accidents or errors throughout the day.

How CBD Can Help You Get Better Sleep

As you might already know, cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound that is derived from the cannabis plant. As one of the cannabinoids found in the plant, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system of the human body, allowing users to have a more regulated bodily system.

CBD oil can help alleviate these symptoms by providing you with the tools to relax and calm yourself, allowing you to get in a state of rest and to stay asleep for a longer period of time.

Although the research behind cannabidiol is still in its infancy stages, there are already studies that show the efficacy of CBD in treating insomnia and poor sleeping patterns. For one, CBD products have shown to be effective in addressing anxiety and restlessness, letting users calm their thoughts at night.

Moreover, with cannabidiol being an effective pain reliever, users of this compound have reportedly found that in reducing and addressing their chronic pain, CBD products have improved their sleep. No longer will individuals suffer from recurring pain throughout the night, allowing them to get better sleep and be productive the following day.

For individuals who wish to incorporate cannabidiol in their life to improve their sleep, and by extension, their quality of life, starting slow and small might be the best way to go. Most of the people who found that their sleep improved were given between 25 milligrams to 1,500 milligrams of CBD per day, with 160 milligrams being a good starting point.

Although CBD oil is often found in tinctures, beginners can also try for other formats, such as capsule form, in yummy gummies, and even CBD oil-infused tea. If you want to surround yourself with something new, Vice even gave a review on CBD-infused pajamas, socks, and pillows, all of which have cannabidiol weaved into the very yarn itself.

The Bottom Line

Adding cannabidiol into your nightly routine could be a game-changer, particularly to people who find themselves often lacking sleep. With the promising results and effects of CBD has on people’s lives, you may just find yourself jumping on this health trend and having the best sleep of your life in no time.

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This nice, refreshing mocktail is the perfect drink after a long and stressful day. Being infused with CBD, it’ll certainly help in soothing your frayed nerves, Watch this video to find out how to make this healthy and fun drink!

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Cooking with CBD Oil: 3 Recipes You Can Make on 4/20 & Every Day

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Want to explore ways on how to better enjoy the health benefits of CBD oil? You can work it into some easy-to-make healthy dishes. Watch this video to know how.

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