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There are many people that indulge in recreational marijuana use; some in the past and some currently. There is a stigma attached to marijuana use, but these days, there has been a shift where more people are accepting it now. In the corporate world, taking a cigarette break or going to Happy Hour and having a few drinks is the norm and has been socially accepted for many decades.

The Admission

However, when you admit to marijuana use, some people will turn up their noise at you still, even in the era of marijuana legalization. This doesn't mean that successful leaders in the business work have fully abstained from marijuana use. In fact, some of the most known celebrated leaders have admitted to marijuana use in the past and also currently. Many think it is only a matter of time before more people accept the idea of recreational cannabis use.

Marijuana Legalization

Marijuana legalization is headed in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go. With the stance that the Trump Administration is taking on marijuana crackdown, we may be taking a step backwards, but let's wait and see. Let's take a look at a list of CEOs and business leaders who have admitted marijuana use in the past or present.

Ted Turner

Media mogul, Ted Turner is the leader of various television stations like TNT and CNN. He is not afraid to say that he is a continuous marijuana user. Some people say that he grew pot in his college dorm room one time and got caught, but that remains a rumor.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson is a billionaire and in an interview that he gave with High Times, he admitted marijuana use. He is a political advocate for marijuana, saying that as long as it is used in moderation, it should be fine.

Gary Johnson

Famous politician and CEO, Gary Johnson was also a former governor of New Mexico. He also was a Libertarian candidate for President in 2012 and also 2016. He has been outspoken about his marijuana use in many interviews, but said he did abstain while running for president.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is no longer alive, but is known for his innovativeness while working in the technology industry. He is also known for his drug use and marijuana use before he died in 2011.  His marijuana use was brownies he baked with friends and a little weed smoking with the similar friends in the late 1970s.


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Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin is the co-founder of the largest search engine named Google. It is said that he has experimented with marijuana and people think that is why he has solved so many complicated problems in the technology field.


Jay-Z is known for being an amazing entrepreneur and rapper as well as husband to celebrity, Beyonce. He doesn't make it secret that he smoked weed in the past. Now that he is a father, he may have put that behind him.

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg has admitted marijuana use in the past and said he enjoyed every minute of it. At least, that is what he told the New York magazine while he was in the 2001 race for mayor. For some reason, though, he does not believe in decriminalization of marijuana.

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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart has admitted that she knows how to roll marijuana joints. However, she did not admit lighting it up. But, why would you roll a joint and not light up?

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner is a marijuana user and advocate. He even donated money to NORML to help the organization get off the ground. He took a persona interest in marijuana legalization and continues to be supportive toward marijuana decriminalization. Learn more about marijuana use by visiting the Cannabis Training University's marijuana classes.

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