Best Marijuana Quotes by Successful People

March 31, 2023

Detractors say that marijuana use will dull your senses and lower your ambitions. However, there are hundreds of examples of successful people who look to pot as a release or even as a way to augment their business sense.

Monroe Blvd put together this telltale list of wealthy moguls and captains of industry who point to THC as having had an overwhelmingly positive influence on their lives. Marijuana allows them to relax comfortably after stressful weeks of work, and many mention the concept that pot has endowed them with improved dissociative thinking that has been crucial to their innovations. With some of the richest people in the world endorsing pot (Bill Gates calls it his “pharmaceutical of choice”) perhaps the next best step in your business plan should be to get to a dispensary.

Without further ado, here are only some of the best quotes about marijuana. Some funny weed quotes and sayings. 

John Mayer


“I am in the sort of suburban housewife category of weed smoking” ~ John Mayer  

Bryan Cranston 


"I went on Bill Maher's show and publicly said, 'Legalize marijuana.' Marijuana started out with a bad connotation, as you know - but to me, marijuana is no different than wine. It's a drug of choice. It's meant to alter your current state - and that's not a bad thing. It's ridiculous that marijuana is still illegal. We're still fighting for it." ~ Bryan Cranston

Seth Rogen


"I'm never really at zero." ~ Seth Rogen 



When asked what her favorite birthday present was, Madonna responded “I got a bong in the shape of a penis,”

John Legend

Stoner Quotes About Life


“There’s no good reason to continue prohibition, and we need to consider ending prohibition in general.” ~ John Legend

Alanis Morissette


"As an artist, there's a sweet jump-starting quality to [marijuana] for me - I've often felt telepathic and receptive to inexplicable messages my whole life. I can stave those off when I'm not high. When I'm high - well, they come in and there's less of a veil, so to speak. So if ever I need some clarity... or a quantum leap in terms of writing something, it's a quick way for me to get to it." ~ Alanis Morissette



"Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned. People who genuinely need help can’t get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties." ~ Sting

Richard Branson


“When we start doing things with our parents that we also do with our friends, like smoking weed, it means that the existing parent/child dynamic changes. For better or worse, it means inviting our parents into our lives, and taking all the responsibility that comes with it.” ~ Richard Branson

Oliver Stone


“I went to Vietnam, and I was there for a long time. [Using marijuana] made the difference between saying human or, as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast." ~ Oliver Stone

Marijuana quotes about pot legalization and why ganja should be legalized. 

Susan Sarandon


"It's absurd that more states haven't legalized it," she told the magazine. "It's an important source of income ... You also see the reports on kids who have seizures that are prevented by medical marijuana. You see the relief it gives to vets. It's also a lovely way to socialize and be with people — and to be with yourself and de-stress." ~ Susan Abigail Sarandon

Woody Harrelson


"You can go to a drugstore in any city in the nation and you'll find any drug you want, and they'll be more addictive and worse for you than grass." ~ Woody Harrelson.

Danny DeVito


"Even if one doesn't smoke pot one has to see the benefits of decriminalising it!" ~ Danny DeVito

Michelle Phillips


“I think legalization could save the economy. Imagine the windfall for the government if they could tax marijuana.” ~ Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and Papas - American singer, songwriter, and actress. 

Hunter S. Thompson


“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson


Getting High Quotes


“Kush rolled, glass full…I prefer the better things!” - Rihanna

Morgan Freeman

Weeds Quotes


“I will never give up the ganja - God’s own weed.” - Morgan Freeman

Gavin Newsom


Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom calls on cannabis community to campaign for legalization in November 2016.

Mark Zuckerberg


US jails hold around 2.4 million people — about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Blacks and Hispanics are significantly more likely than whites to be arrested for possession and sale of marijuana and to receive a conviction and criminal record, even though the majority of marijuana users are non-Hispanic whites. Almost 40 percent of prisoners are black. More than half the people entering prison live below the poverty line. Our entire society pays the price for an unfair, broken system. ~ Mark Zuckerberg

Philip Denney


 “I have found in my study of these patients that cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else." ~ Philip Denney, MD - Physician and medical cannabis evaluation practicecofunder.

Eugene Monroe


“We now know that these drugs are not as safe as doctors thought, causing higher rates of addiction, causing death all around our country,” Monroe told the Times “and we have cannabis, which is far healthier, far less addictive and, quite frankly, can be better in managing pain.” ~ Eugene Monroe

Eben Britton


“Juxtaposing my experiences with pharmaceutical drugs like Vicodin and Percocet, that made me angry and irritable, frustrated, didn’t get rid of any of the pain, made it difficult to sleep, increased my heart rate and made me feel crazy. On the other side of that there’s cannabis that helped me sleep, put me into a healing state of being where I was relieved from stress and anxiety as well as feeling the pain relief.” ~ Eben Britton, an American football offensive lineman for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears.

Gary Johnson

Stoner Sayings


“It makes the world a better place. On the medicinal side, you’ve got marijuana product that directly complete with legal prescription drugs that statistically kill a hundred thousand people a year. Not one documented death due to Marijuana. And then on the recreational side, legalizing Marijuana in my opinion will lead to less overall substance abuse because it’s so much safer than everything else is out there starting with Alcohol. I really do believe that legalizing marijuana does make the world a better place. Safer product, accomplishing the same result.” ~ Gov. Gary Johnson

Jill Stein


"Marijuana is dangerous because it's illegal, not vice-versa." ~ Jill Stein

Carl Sagan


“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” ~ Carl Sagan

Ralph Emerson


"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kirsten Dunst 


"I think America's view on weed is ridiculous. I mean - are you kidding me? If everyone smoked weed, the world would be a better place." ~ Kristen Dunst



"The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind." ~ Paracelsus

Alan Watts


"The only serious side-effect of #‎ marijuana is that you might get arrested." ~ Alan Watts

Marcia Angell


"The pharmaceutical industry likes to depict itself as a research-based industry, as the source of innovative drugs. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is their incredible PR and their nerve." ~ Marcia Angell

James Franco


“I don’t consider weed to be any worse than having a beer.” – James Franco

Bill Murray


"Marijuana is responsible for such a large part of the prison population, for the crime of self-medication." ~ Bill Murray

Oliver Sacks


“I was fascinated that one could have such perceptual changes, and also that they went with a certain feeling of significance, an almost numinous feeling. I’m strongly atheist by disposition, but nonetheless when this happened, I couldn’t help thinking, ‘That must be what the hand of God is like.” ~ Oliver Sacks

Bob Marley


"When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself." ~ Bob Marley

John Adams


"We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption." ~ John Adams

Hugh Hefner


“Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.” ~ Hugh Hefner

Matt Damn 


“The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and stepfather; they were like, ‘If you are going to do this, we’d rather you did this with us.’” ~ Matt Damon

Brian Egolf


“Why on God’s green Earth would we want to spend money throwing college kids in jail for having a few joints when we could be spending that money on early childhood education?” ~ Rep. Brian Egolf

Stewie Griffin


"Everything is better with a bag of weed." ~ Stewart Griffin

Terence McKenna


“If you don’t smoke cannabis, you may spend your evening balancing your checking account. If you do smoke cannabis you may spend your evening contemplating the causes of the Greek Renaissance.” ~ Terence McKenna

Henry Ford


“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” ~ Henry Ford

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Hunter S. Thompson


“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits -and millions of Americans agree with me.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

Willie Nelson


"The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis." ~ Willie Nelson

Alan Watts


"The only serious side-effect of #‎ marijuana is that you might get arrested." ~ Alan Watts

Margaret Mead


"It is my considered opinion that at present that marijuana is not harmful unless it is taken in enormous and excessive amounts. I believe that we are damaging this country, damaging our law, our whole law enforcement situation, damaging the trust between the older people and younger people by its prohibition, and this is far more serious than any damage that might be done to a few overusers, because you can get damage from any kind of overuse." ~ Margaret Mead

Bill Maher


"Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the 'will of the people' goes out the window." ~ Bill Maher

Melissa Etheridge


"Instead of taking five or six of the prescriptions, I decided to go a natural route and smoke marijuana." ~ Melissa Etheridge

Michael Bloomberg


"You bet I did and I enjoyed it." ~ Michael Bloomberg

George Washington


Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, . . . and sow it everywhere!" ~ George Washington

Willie Nelson


"I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?" ~ Willie Nelson

Andrew Weil


"As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again." ~ Andrew Weil

Kevin O'Leary


"You either make it illegal, in which case you support a huge underground economy or you tax it within the limits people can afford." ~ Kevin O'Leary

Art Garfunkel


"If John Lennon is deported, I'm leaving too...with my musicians..and my marijuana." ~ Art Garfunkel

Carl Sagan


“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” ~ Carl Sagan

Rick Steves


"There are so many reasons to end the prohibition on marijuana. Whether you're concerned about the well-being of children, fairness for our minority communities, redirecting money away from criminals and into our state's coffers, stemming the horrific bloodshed in Mexico, or civil liberties, it is clearly time for a new approach." ~ Rick Steves


"This was all inspired by my own experience from a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave relief." ~ Whoopi Goldberg


"we have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that." ~ Sanjay Gupta


Quotes about marijuana can be incredibly powerful; they capture the thoughts and feelings of cannabis aficionados from all backgrounds and walks of life. Famous figures in entertainment, politics, and science have spoken openly of the herb's positive effects. Cannabis use is no longer a taboo topic, as it has been embraced by some of the world's most successful and influential people.

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