The legalization of cannabis has been gaining traction over the past few years. States like Washington and Colorado who were once at the forefront of the legal cannabis movement have been joined by many others in the push to make cannabis a federally legal substance. For years musicians have been an integral part of this campaign, using their followings and influence to impact legislation.
We all know the names. The absolute cornerstones of cannabis support in the music industry. People like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, and Melissa Etheridge just to name a few have been highly visible promoters of cannabis for years. However the list of musicians advocating for legal cannabis far surpasses these few cornerstone musical celebrities in the pro-cannabis court. A surprising list of names you will surely recognize also champion the use of cannabis.
Comedian and musician Jack Black does much more than simply write hilarious lyrics about marijuana consumption. Black also sits on a marijuana-based advisory board and has championed not only the legalization of cannabis but also its regulation. Black’s celebrity was at its highest as an actor however it should not be forgotten that he has a loyal musical following as well as many musical gifts and talents. Black is thus able to serve as a visible cannabis supporter for both musical and cinematic entertainment fans.
The hugely popular 90s musician Alanis Morissette is a name most of us are familiar with yet many may not know what a stern and steadfast supporter of cannabis she is. Morissette believes that cannabis stimulates her creative function and allows her mind receptivity to messages and stimuli that may otherwise be blocked from her cognitive and creative abilities.
Teen pop sensation turned R&B star Justin Timberlake doesn’t hold back when admitting his fondness for cannabis and suggesting it’s unparalleled relaxation effects. Timberlake, while not an overly vocal supporter of cannabis, readily admits to using the substance particularly at times when he needs to wind down or even just shut off entirely. While Timberlake is less vocal regarding his use, he’s perhaps one of the most prominent musical celebrities around openly discussing the positive effects of cannabis.
While some artists seem like obvious supporters of cannabis, others seem the exact opposite. Madonna’s music does not typically conjure imagery consistent with marijuana use and yet she is a very open supporter of cannabis. While Madonna may not be leading any movements or writing lyrics consistent with pot smoking like some of her contemporaries, she is not shy about discussing her enjoyment of the herb. Compounding this is Madonna’s prestige as a legend in the industry and the immense fan following she commands.
Wrapping up our list of surprising supporters of cannabis in the music industry is Barbara Streisand. Streisand admitted as early as 2012 that she has enjoyed cannabis throughout her career, dating as far back as the 70s. While Streisand openly admits her use of the substance, she is less involved in moving it forward in a progressive sense as some of her musical counterparts. There is even an indication that as she’s aged she has partaken less and less in cannabis usage. However, with her tremendous platform as a musical legend, it should not go unnoticed that she is in favor of its use and benefits.
In sum, a wide range of musical talents spanning several genres of music are known cannabis supporters. Some have made entire careers off of it. While cannabis is becoming more widely accepted in mainstream society, the continued support from musicians is only serving to quicken the pace of acceptance.