|#1 Marijuana Smoker Barack Obama with #10 George Clooney|
To recognize the rising visibility and importance of marijuana policy reform, the Marijuana Policy Project on Thursday released its first annual “Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users” list. This collection, MPP says, spans multiple public spheres and illustrates the pervasiveness of marijuana use across all socio-economic groups (although from where we sit it seems to heavily favor pre-fab pop icons).
The people on this list have become successful and influential while also being marijuana users, with the greatest threat to that achievement being the possibility of arrest, according to MPP.
“In order to have qualified for the list, each individual must (1) have tried marijuana at least once, (2) be alive, and (3) be living in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen,” said Morgan Fox, MPP communications manager. “We also asked our supporters to adhere to the definition for the ‘Power 50’ list that’s used by Out magazine, which employs the following criteria: ‘the power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person’s media profile.’ “
“In sum, we’re not concerned with an individual’s popularity, or even whether he or she supports marijuana policy reform,” Fox said. “Rather, the 2012 ‘Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users’ list is meant to identify people who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence.”
The Top 5 Most Influential Marijuana Users, according to the Marijuana Policy Project‘s list, anyway, are:
1. President Barack Obama
2. Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
3. President Bill Clinton
4. President George W. Bush
5. Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer and gold medalist
Let me grouse for a moment about the fact that all five of these individuals now claim that smoking marijuana is a bad idea; NONE of them admits to currently using cannabis. Lame!
To view the complete list, click here.