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Famous pot smokers: Celebrities who have smoked or been charged with possession

See which famous people have smoked marijuana, were charged with possessing it or advocated for legalizing pot. (Editor's note: Captions include links to attributive articles and internet postings.)

Austin 'Chumlee' Russell

Austin Lee Russell, better known as Chumlee from
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Austin Lee Russell, better known as Chumlee from the History channel series "Pawn Stars," was arrested March 9, 2016, after police serving a warrant in a sex assault case found a gallon plastic bag of pot at his Las Vegas home, along with a small arsenal of weapons, anxiety medication and a small amount of methamphetamine, according to The Associated Press. In May, Russell and his lawyers told a Las Vegas judge he intended to plead guilty to misdemeanor attempted drug possession and felony weapon charges in the case.

Whoopi Goldberg

In an April 2014 column for the Denver
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In an April 2014 column for the Denver Post's The Cannabist, actress Whoopi Goldberg wrote of how she uses a "vape pen" with marijuana to help her glaucoma. Goldberg wrote, "As I write my debut column for The Cannabist, talking about this newly legal weed and admiring the states that have had the foresight to legalize medical marijuana, I'm most tempted to extol the virtues of the vape pen."

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus lit a joint on stage while

Miley Cyrus lit a joint on stage while accepting the best video award for "Wrecking Ball" during the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. 10, 2013, in Amsterdam. "I think weed is the best drug on earth," Cyrus had previously said in Rolling Stone magazine's October cover story. In a 2017 Billboard interview, Cyrus said she's "completely clean" after giving up marijuana.

Snoop Dogg

In the kingdom of celebrity potheads, Snoop Dogg
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In the kingdom of celebrity potheads, Snoop Dogg reigns supreme. He even told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 that he smokes with his teenage son, in order to show him the "proper" way to get high.

Bill Maher

Comedian and
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Comedian and "Real Time" host Bill Maher openly speaks about his marijuana use and sits on the board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton famously claimed during the
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Former President Bill Clinton famously claimed during the 1992 presidential campaign that although he once smoked marijuana, he didn't inhale.

Willie Nelson

County music legend Willie Nelson is a well-known
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County music legend Willie Nelson is a well-known marijuana smoker. On April 20, 2015, he announced his plans to commercialize on that reputation: Willie's Reserve, his own brand of cannabis, will sell in Colorado and Washington, as well as be grown in those states.

Barack Obama

Not only did President Barack Obama admit to
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Not only did President Barack Obama admit to smoking marijuana in his life, he said he inhaled frequently. "That was the point," he said in 2006.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix's reefer madness was no secret; he
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Jimi Hendrix's reefer madness was no secret; he spoke about it openly and was arrested in 1969 on charges of hashish possession in Canada. He was acquitted on the charges when he claimed that the drugs were slipped into his bag by a fan without his knowledge.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.'s substance abuse problems earlier in
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Robert Downey Jr.'s substance abuse problems earlier in his life are well-known, and the "Iron Man" star started smoking marijuana at age 8, he told Rolling Stone in 2010.

Marilyn Monroe

A recently-unearthed home movie purports to show legendary
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A recently-unearthed home movie purports to show legendary starlet Marilyn Monroe puffing on a joint.

Joel Madden

Good Charlotte's Joel Madden was thrown out of
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Good Charlotte's Joel Madden was thrown out of his Sydney hotel room after a cleaner allegedly found him to be in possession of "less than five grams" of marijuana, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Zach Galifianakis

Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis sparked up a
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Actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis sparked up a joint during a 2010 appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher."

Rihanna

Pop superstar Rihanna makes no secret of her
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Pop superstar Rihanna makes no secret of her marijuana use.

Kevin Smith

Director Kevin Smith
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Director Kevin Smith "became a stoner because of Seth Rogen," he told MTV in 2011.

Cameron Diaz

Actress Cameron Diaz told George Lopez that she's
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Actress Cameron Diaz told George Lopez that she's "pretty sure" she bought weed from Snoop Dogg when the two of them attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California together.

Queen Latifah

Grammy Award-winning rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah was arrested in
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Grammy Award-winning rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah was arrested in 1996 after an officer pulled her over for speeding and smelled marijuana.

Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst is a fan of Mary Jane,
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Kirsten Dunst is a fan of Mary Jane, and not just the character she played in "Spider-Man." Speaking with the Daily Mail in 2007, the actress said she has a "different outlook" on marijuana than America does. "If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place," she said.

Jack Black

Jack Black has cut down on his pot
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Jack Black has cut down on his pot smoking habit, and told Blender magazine in 2008 that although he still smokes "a celebratory J," "it's not a wake-and-bake scenario anymore at all."

Douglas Ginsburg

Douglas Ginsburg, who was nominated by President Ronald
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Douglas Ginsburg, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 to serve on the Supreme Court, eventually bowed out when it became public during his confirmation process that he had smoked marijuana in the 1960s and '70s.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston says she enjoys smoking weed on
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Jennifer Aniston says she enjoys smoking weed on occasion. "Everything in moderation," she told Rolling Stone magazine in 2001. "I wouldn't call myself a pothead."

Paul McCartney

It took Sir Paul McCartney no less than
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It took Sir Paul McCartney no less than six decades to quit smoking pot, but the former Beatle said in 2012 he's giving up the chronic habit to focus on raising his 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

Michael Phelps

A photo of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps
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A photo of Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps smoking marijuana out of a bong surfaced in the British tabloid News of the World in 2009.

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer, the
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Armie Hammer, the "Social Network" and "Lone Ranger" star, was arrested in 2009 after a drug-sniffing dog discovered marijuana, a pot brownie and three medical marijuana cookies at a border patrol checkpoint in West Texas.

Oliver Stone

Controversial director Oliver Stone said smoking marijuana while
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Controversial director Oliver Stone said smoking marijuana while serving two tours as a combat infantryman in Vietnam saved his life.

Wiz Khalifa

Rapper Wiz Khalifa said in December he had
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa said in December he had no plans to ease up on his marijuana smoking -- even as he and fiancee Amber Rose were expecting the birth of their first child. "Our son is just going to know that daddy likes to smoke," he told E! News.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Long before he became known as the
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Long before he became known as the "Terminator" and "Governator," Arnold Schwarzenegger was just Mr. Universe with a fondness for smoking doobies, as seen in classic documentary "Pumping Iron."

Natalie Portman

While promoting her movie
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While promoting her movie "Your Highness," Natalie Portman told Entertainment Weekly in 2011 that she used to be a fan of the ganja. "I smoked weed in college, but I haven't smoked in years," she said. "I'm too old. I wish I was that cool, but I'm like an old lady now. I'm in bed by 10 p.m."

Woody Harrelson

Actor Woody Harrelson sits on the advisory board
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Actor Woody Harrelson sits on the advisory board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Dave Chappelle

Needless to say, Dave Chappelle, the man behind
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Needless to say, Dave Chappelle, the man behind the 1998 stoner comedy "Half Baked," has gotten baked a few times in his life, though he jokingly said in 2007 that he no longer smokes "with black people".

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Although Joseph Gordon-Levitt escaped child stardom without falling
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Although Joseph Gordon-Levitt escaped child stardom without falling prey to a drug habit, the actor said he smoked so much weed in high school that he had to force himself to cut back. "I still (smoke) sometimes," he told Details magazine in 2008. "I go on little weedfests. I'm a pothead. That's my drug of choice."

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan supposedly introduced Paul McCartney to marijuana
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Bob Dylan supposedly introduced Paul McCartney to marijuana in the mid-60s after he discovered the Beatle was a "pot virgin."

Amanda Bynes

Actress Amanda Bynes allegedly smoked a joint in
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Actress Amanda Bynes allegedly smoked a joint in an NYC apartment lobby before throwing a bong out of a window in front of police officers, authorities said in May.

Morgan Freeman

The esteemed Morgan Freeman might have given up
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The esteemed Morgan Freeman might have given up cigarettes a long time ago, but he insisted "never give up the ganja" during a 2003 interview with The Guardian.

Seth Rogen

It's an open secret that Seth Rogen is
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It's an open secret that Seth Rogen is one of Hollywood's more notable stoners, and the comedian even used his wedding as an opportunity to get ripped. "I was totally baked the whole day," he told Howard Stern in 2011. "There were probably 100 people smoking weed there."

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas bonded with Danny DeVito in the
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Michael Douglas bonded with Danny DeVito in the '70s over marijuana, the actor told the Daily Mail earlier this year.

Justin Timberlake

Singer and actor Justin Timberlake makes no secret
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Singer and actor Justin Timberlake makes no secret of his occasional marijuana use, telling Playboy magazine in 2011 that he "absolutely" smokes pot.

James Franco

Who would've thought that the red-eyed drug dealer
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Who would've thought that the red-eyed drug dealer in "Pineapple Express" quit the reefer years ago? "I used to smoke weed, but I haven't done it in a long time," James Franco told USA Today in 2008. "Everybody, even now, thinks, 'That guy is stoned.' That's just the way I talk."

Justin Bieber

A search of Justin Bieber's tour bus in
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A search of Justin Bieber's tour bus in Sweden earlier this year allegedly turned up marijuana, authorities said.

Fiona Apple

Singer Fiona Apple was arrested in 2012 on
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Singer Fiona Apple was arrested in 2012 on charges of marijuana possession.

Tom Petty

Let's get to the point: The man (Tom
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Let's get to the point: The man (Tom Petty) who penned such hits as "You Don't Know How It Feels" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" is no stranger to marijuana.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga told Anderson Cooper in 2011 that
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Lady Gaga told Anderson Cooper in 2011 that she smokes "a lot of pot" when writing music.

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