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50 Successful Marijuana Users Who Prove The Person Matters More Than The Plant

A version of this story was first published in 2013.

These guys just blew pothead stereotypes up in smoke.

Though marijuana opponents have long pointed suggesting that weed is tied to a lack of motivation, a sampling of successful people who have admitted using the drug suggests otherwise.

Pot policy reform group Marijuana Policy Project has released a list of the top 50 most influential Americans who have used marijuana, and it's a doozy.

The list contains politicians, Supreme Court justices, entertainers, entrepreneurs and a certain leader of the free world who had a habit of “intercepting” joints as a teen in Hawaii. Some admitted only to trying the drug once or twice, while others, like Maya Angelou, reportedly “smoked marijuana with abandon.”

“The goal here is to dispel the myth that marijuana users are ‘losers’ who lack motivation, and highlight the fact that they are typically productive and oftentimes quite successful,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, in a release. “As this list demonstrates, many of our nation’s most successful citizens have used marijuana.” Check out the slideshow below for MPP's full list of of the top most 50 influential Americans who have used marijuana:

50: Snoop Lion
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47: Rihanna
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46: Hugh Hefner
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44: Bryan Cranston
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43: Robert Downey Jr
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40: Phil Jackson
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In 1975 he wrote “Maverick,” a memoir about his days playing in the NBA. Among other things, Jackson spoke frankly about marijuana use. -- Salon
39: Sarah Palin
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38: Justin Bieber
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"Bieber both confirmed that he'd been caught smoking weed and apologized for it." -- Huffington Post
34: Conan O'Brien
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30: Seth MacFarlane
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29: Martha Stewart
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27: Morgan Freeman
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21: Brad Pitt
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20: Lady Gaga
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19: Michael Bloomberg
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15: Sanjay Gupta
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13: Andrew Cuomo
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6: Jon Stewart
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3: Bill Clinton
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