Thank you for checking out MPP's second annual "Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users" list! There has been quite a bit of variation since last year, including several additions and a number of people dropping in rank or off the list entirely.
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. To create the list, we adopted the criteria used by Out Magazine to select their “Power 50” list of LGBT Americans. That means our choices are based on “power to influence cultural and social attitudes, political clout, individual wealth, and a person’s media profile” – not just on popularity or support for marijuana policy reform. Fortunately, many of them have expressed support, but there are some “bad guys” on there, too.
In sum, we're not concerned with an individual's popularity, or even whether he or she supports marijuana policy reform. Rather, the 2013 "Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users" list is meant to identify people who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence.
“I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much [marijuana].” (Source: Daily Mail)
"CNN anchor Gwen Scott claimed it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana." (Source: Cannabis Culture)
“…what I did was experiment with a little marijuana like a lot of other people and walked away…” (Source: Media Bistro)
“[Phelps] firmly denies that he takes drugs, suggesting that the notorious photo of him smoking from a bong was a one-time lapse of judgment.” (Source: Huffington Post)
“I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.” (Source: Daily Mail)
“I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, a really breath-taking, amount of grass almost every night.” (Source: Cannabis Culture)
“… the one that has the worst effect for me was pot. I felt silly and giggly - I hate feeling like that.” (Source: Metro)
"Of course I know how to roll a joint." (Source: Laist)
"I don't smoke much pot anymore." (Source: Star Pulse)