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“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” 
― Carl Sagan

If you haven’t noticed, cannabis (AKA marijuana, marihuana, weed, ganja, dagga, bud, dank, gas…) is emerging from years of slander, propaganda and prohibition into fully lit acceptance. 

But it wasn’t that long ago that celebrities needed to keep their cannabis use under wraps.

The famous astrophysicist and titan of science, Carl Sagan, had to keep his passion for cannabis on the down low for many years. 

Earlier in his life, Sagan used the pseudonym “Mr. X.” for his now famously insightful essay on the merits of cannabis and its psychoactive properties which appeared in Dr. Lester Grinspoon’s 1971 book, “Marihuana Reconsidered”.

Years later, Sagan became more outspoken about his advocacy. 

After his death in 1996, Ann Druyan continued to work diligently as a cannabis legalization activist, serving as president of NORML from 2006-2010. You can watch her genuine ‘Plea for a Change in the Marijuana Laws’ here.

Today, 33 states have legalized medical marijuana (and DC), paving the way for famous people to feel comfortable advocating for cannabis legalization, discussing their marijuana use and investing in the weed industry. 

Here are 5 celebrities you probably don’t know support cannabis

John Salley, 4-Time NBA Champion, and his daughter Tyla just launched a new cannabis brand, ‘Deuces22’, named after his NBA number. 

Shailene Woodley, star of Big Little Lies, was front and center as one of the celebrities who supported Prop 64

Francis Ford Coppola, Hollywood director, is now selling a collection of three different grown organically cannabis flower strains The Grower’s Series

Pete Davidson, ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian openly discusses with Howard Stern how cannabis helps him manage the symptoms of his borderline personality disorder and Crohn’s disease.

Joe Montana, Hall of Fame quarterback for the 49ers is a huge investor in cannabis. Montana told ESPN that he believes in supporting an industry that “can provide relief to many people and can make a serious impact on opioid use or addiction”.