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How can a just society allow alcohol and tobacco companies to sponsor public cultural events (and plaster their ads everywhere), but at the same time allow cannabis consumers to be fined, arrested, jailed and stigmatized?

No one has EVER died from ingesting cannabis. Where are the "harms" that supposedly justify such an unjust treatment of millions of Canadians?

The belief that pot smokers deserve to be punished is usually based in a sense of morality, or a deficient understanding of the facts.

The problem is that factual information on cannabis is not reaching the general public.

Any sincere effort to educate oneself about the cannabis issue will result in the realization that it is the PROHIBITION of cannabis that is causing the harm to both cannabis users and to society as a whole.

The Le Dain Commission recommended decriminalizing cannabis back in 1973!

In 2002 a Senate Special Committee, after an exhaustive study of the cannabis issue, recommended the legalization and regulation of cannabis.

If you believe the current cannabis laws are clearly unjust and harmful, share your thoughts with others! Real progress will happen once enough of the public is educated about the truth about marijuana.

If you're interested in learning the facts about cannabis please check out the rest of this web site.

A good page to start:
Marijuana Statistics


Celebrity Cannabis Consumers

What does a cannabis consumer look like?
Knowing about celebrities who use cannabis helps to erode the distorted stereotypes about what a cannabis consumers looks like.

The vast majority of cannabis consumers are very private about their use, for fear of legal consequences, so the image that the public usually gets through the media are not representitive of the whole. The reality is that if all cannabis consumers suddenly "came out" and acknowledged their use of cannabis most people would be very surprised by how many well-respected people use cannabis as well as by the wide variety of people represented in society.

The stereotypes simply don't apply. Cannabis consumers are just regular people who enjoy the effects of cannabis, a substance far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. That's right, the least harmful of those three substances is the only one that's illegal! What kind of message does that send?

Marijuana Users Likely Single, Well-educated, Study Finds - 28 March 2005 - National Post
Small But Growing Number Of Seniors Using Drugs - 13 May 2007 - CTV.ca News Staff
Midlife Pot Smoking On The Rise - 15 Apr 2008 - Globe and Mail
Pot-smoking Now Part Of Adult Lifestyle In Ontario - Average Age of User Increasing; Tobacco Use Down - 15 Apr 2008 - Canwest News Service
Marijuana Use Morphs Into Lifestyle Of Adults - B.C. First, P.E.I. Last in Survey - 15 Apr 2008 - Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)
Middle class relaxing with marijuana - Media Release from Geraint Osborne - 14 May 2008
Pot Study Shows Use Has 'Gone Respectable' - Image of Dropout Dopehead Far From the Norm - 16 May 2008 - The Province (CN BC)
Study Shows Marihuana Use Not A Threat - 27 May 2008 - The Camrose Booster (CN AB)
Marijuana use by seniors goes up as boomers age - February 22, 2010 - AP

Celebrity Cannabis Consumers
Robert Altman
"I was a heavy drinker, but the alcohol affected my heart rather than my liver. So I stopped. I smoke grass now. I say that to everybody, because marijuana should be legalized. It's ridiculous that it isn't. If at the end of the day I feel like smoking a joint I do it. It changes the perception of what I've been through all day."
(On the advisory board of NORML)
Jennifer Aniston
"I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it". (Supposedly she and Brad Pitt smoked up together prior to meeting with Bill Clinton.)
Louis Armstrong
"It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crapÉit's a thousand times better than whiskey - it's an assistant - a friend."
Jack Black
Actor and singer for the band "Tenacious D".
Voted pot smoker of the year by High Times magazine. Jack will be playing a set at an upcoming NORML conference.
Michael Bloomberg (NY mayor)
When asked if he ever smoked pot, he replied, "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it!"
Tom Brokaw
"There was this early benign attitude, certainly toward marijuana, and then even toward cocaine later on, which was not an area for me. I didn't go there. But you know, marijuana was being passed around at very establishment cocktails parties like an after-dinner drink of some kind."
James Brown
William F. Buckley
He's not a toker, but read what he had to say about prohibition in the 1983 issue of The National Review: "The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents."
George W. Bush
In the taped recordings of a conversation, Bush explained his refusal to answer questions about whether he had used marijuana at some time in his past. “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions,” Bush says. “You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.” When reminded that the latter had publicly denied using cocaine, Bush replied, "I haven't denied anything."
Johnny Cash
A good friend of Willie Nelson's.
Cash made headlines when he refused to change the lyrics to suit network executives, singing the song with its references to marijuana intact: "On the Sunday morning sidewalks / Wishin', Lord, that I was stoned."
Tommy Chong
Born in Edmonton, Alberta. Cheech Marin was a draft dodger living in Vancouver when he first met Chong. Check out his action figure.
Chong was recently sent to jail for 9 months for selling waterpipes over the internet.
Winston Churchill

Bill Clinton
"When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, I didn't like it, I didn't inhale it, and never tried it again."
...
"I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be. We really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment...Our imprisonment policies are counterproductive." source

Francis Ford Coppola
Bob Denver
In 1998 Gilligan received probation after signing for a package containing 30 grams of pot. It turns out that he was buying pot through the mail from his co-star Dawn Wells (Mary Anne).
John Denver
Jimmy Dorsey
Bob Dylan
Introduced the Beatles to wacky tobaccy in 1964.
Melissa Etheridge
"Instead of taking five or six of the prescriptions, I decided to go a natural route and smoke marijuana." When asked how her doctors reacted, Etheridge says, "Every single one was, 'Oh, yeah. That's the best help for the effects of chemotherapy.' "
Richard Feynman (scientist)
Nobel Prize Laureate physicist, founder of quantum electrodynamics.
Carrie Fisher
Jane Fonda
Perhaps her and Ted enjoy cannabis together?
Peter Fonda
Harrison Ford
James Franco
“I don’t consider weed to be any worse than having a beer,” says actor James Franco, who plays a marijuana dealer in the new film Pineapple Express.
Art Garfunkel
"If John Lennon is deported, I'm leaving too... with my musicians... and my marijuana."
Newt Gingrich
Speaker of the House. Smoker of the weed.
Gingrich said he smoked pot while studying in the 1970s. To do so, Gingrich said, "was a sign that we were alive and in graduate school in that era."
Al Gore
Gore has maintained his marijuana usage was "infrequent and rare" and ended in 1972.
Larry Hagman
Woody Harrelson
"I do smoke, but I don't go through all this trouble just because I want to make my drug of choice legal. It's about personal freedom. We should have the right in this country to do what we want, if we don't hurt anybody. Seventy-two million people in this country have smoked pot. Eighteen to 20 million in the last year. These people should not be treated as criminals."
Whitney Houston
January 2000: Hawaiian airport security guards searched Whitney's carry-on bag and found 15 grams of pot.
Chrissie Hynd
"Whatever I'm already doing becomes enhanced when I smoke pot. It can also be demotivating, because if I'm not doing anything and I smoke a joint, it enhances just sitting in a chair. Then I don't even want to get up to change a record. That might not be a bad thing, but you have to get things done once in a while."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Sir Mick Jagger
Thomas Jefferson
John F Kennedy
Steven King
"I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There's some pretty good homegrown dope. I'm sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses. . . ."
John Lennon
Bill Maher
(On the advisory board of NORML)
Norman Mailer
One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness-the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others.
Bob Marley
"Music and herb go together. It's been a long time now I smoke herb. From 1960s, when I first start singing."
Linda McCartney
Linda made headlines as a result of an open fondness for marijuana. While being treated for breast cancer she smoked pot to ease the discomfort of chemotherapy.
Sir Paul McCartney
"I think the 'Just say no' mentality is so crazed. I saw a thing in a women's magazine the other day. 'He smokes cannabis, what am I to do? He laughs it off when I try to tell him, he says it's not really harmful...' Of course you're half hoping the advice will be, 'Well, you know it's not that harmful; if you love him, if you talk to him about it, tell him maybe he should keep it in the garden shed or something,' you know, a reasonable point of view. But of course it was, 'No, no, all drugs are bad. Librium's good, Valium's good. But cannabis, ooooh!' I hate that unreasoned attitude."
Matthew McConaughey
George Michael
"...this time last year I was a complete and utter pothead. I know it's lunacy but the horrible truth is that the grass really helped me. It got me through making [my album] Older. I was under more stress than I'd ever been. This [album] had to amount to something substantial to justify the wait. And grass really helped me with the lyrics. I'd know there was something I really wanted to say but I wouldn't know how to say it, so I'd have a few drags and stand behind the mike and in a few minutes it'd be there. It's bad because I don't want to smoke but I can't see myself giving grass up as a writer." source
Robert Mitchum
"The only effect that I ever noticed from smoking marijuana was a sort of mild sedative, a release of tension when I was overworking. It never made me boisterous or quarrelsome. If anything, it calmed me and reduced my activity."
Alanis Morissette
"As an artist, there's a sweet jump-starting quality to it (marijuana) for me."
. . .
"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." source
Bill Murray
He attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado where he took pre-med courses. He later dropped out after being arrested for possession of marijuana at Chicago's O'Hare Airport source
Friedrich Nietzsche
Used cannabis as medicine.
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?"
(On the advisory board of NORML)

Sept.17, 2006: Wille Nelson cited for marijuana possession
Jack Nicholson
"My point of view, while extremely cogent, is unpopular. . . . That the repressive nature of the legalities vis-a-vis drugs are destroying the legal system and corrupting the police system."
Conan O'Brian
Sinead O'Connor
Luke Perry
Michael Phelps
Winner of 14 Olympic gold medals.
Pablo Picasso
Brad Pitt
Supposed he and Jennifer Aniston enjoyed smoking up together. Brad has been seen wearing pro-marijuana shirts. Looking for a pro-marijuana shirt?
Ross Rebagliati
This Canadian was almost stripped of his Gold Medal in Snowboarding after traces of marijuana were found in his system during post-race drug testing.
Keanu Reeves

Seth Rogen
Did Seth Rogen and James Franco really smoke a joint while presenting at the MTV Awards? Watch video

Carl Sagan
"Looking at fires when high, by the way, especially through one of those prism kaleidoscopes which image their surroundings, is an extraordinarily moving and beautiful experience."
William Shakespeare
Fragments of pipes unearthed near Shakespeare's garden showed traces of cocaine and cannabis. No direct evidence connecting the pipes to Shakespeare.
Paul Simon
Kevin Smith
Wesley Snipes
Has been seen in Canabis Cafes.
Alan Sorkin
Sting
Oliver Stone
Margaret Trudeau

Pierre Elliot Trudeau

Photo of Trudeau trying a hooka pipe.

Ted Turner
A former anchorperson for CNN said that it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana.
Dionne Warwick
Whitney Houston's Aunt... also caught with pot at an airport. Do you think they ever smoked a joint together? Maybe they did some hotboxing.
George Washington
Neil Young
'On the Beach' is perhaps the most personal record Neil Young will ever make. Young has commented that this record was made mostly under the influence of "Honey Slides" - a marijuana and honey concoction described by Young onstage at his Bottom Line show in May 1974. "You take [poor grade marijuana] and cook it up on the stove...wait till the grass just starts to smoke...just heat that honey up until it's slippery, you know, and mix that grass with it...I think you should eat it after that...That cheap grass is great. You know, in these times, you have to think about prices and things like that. source
Canadian Cannabis Consumers in the News
Michael Bublé Michael Bublé "craved cannabis, sex"

Sun Jan 31 2010
Source

Clean-cut singer Michael Buble received a battering in the UK media today as his former girlfriend revealed intimate details of their life together.

Ex-model turned hairpiece maker Tiffany Bromley told the News of the World newspaper that the "mum's favourite" singer regularly smoked marijuana, swore and stuffed himself with biscuits and cakes when he got the "marijuana munchies".

She told the newspaper, "Michael smoked up to three joints a day when I was with him. He always had a couple in his wash bag ready to go. He insisted it was his way of winding down at the end of a day. But sometimes he started the day with one."

She said that the singer defended his marijuana use by claiming it enhanced his creativity.

But she said the drugs had the potential to damage his singing: "He had a regular cough, and that's not good for a singer."

In addition to the cough, the marijuana gave Buble, 34, an appetite for huge quantities of food.

"It was part of Michael's routine to smoke late at night. Then he always got hungry. He'd raid the hotel mini-bar and eat three or four Snickers bars in one go -- plus pistachios, peanuts, sweets and liquorice. He had an enormous appetite."

"When I flew to see him in Los Angeles he made a point of making me bring a box of Canadian chocolate cream May West cakes for the band. But after a smoke he munched his way through most of them like someone who hadn't eaten for months."

His embittered ex-girlfriend also spilt the beans on her love life with Buble, including his claims to have the 'perfect penis' and his frequent use of swear words, which is at odds with his clean-cut image.

The Canadian singer is a favourite to win the Brit award for best International Male Solo Artist next month and is engaged to Argentine soap star Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre.

He and Bromley dated on and off for a decade, according to News of the World.

 

Alanis MorissetteMorissette reveals cannabis use
By WENN.COM
jam.canoe.ca

Alanis Morissette has opened up about her love of marijuana, insisting the drug helps in her songwriting process.

The Ironic hitmaker has spoken about her cannabis use in a candid interview with High Times magazine, which is accompanied by a photo shoot taken in a marijuana garden in California.

Morissette admits the plant is useful in unlocking her creative potential.

She tells the publication, "I'm all about moderation - as best I can be. As an artist, there's a sweet jump-starting quality to it (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.

"I have a lot of friends who have wanted to specifically quit smoking marijuana because they felt that it was having a negative effect on their lives, and I absolutely supported them doing so. Then I have other friends who I've coerced into smoking because I thought it would be great for them."

Morissette credits boyfriend Tom Ballanco, a medical marijuana advocate, with showing her the drug's benefits, adding, "I've always resonated with people who are on the front lines. I've always felt that way about Tom and about the community around him - Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone. I have a lot of friends around me who are very courageous and willing to 'come out' - and Tom is definitely beyond the front lines. Any fears that I had about cannabis were quickly assuaged. Now I feel like a professional!"
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Alanis Morissette runs marathons and smokes pot
Dec 17 2009 - The Victoria Times Colonist - Denise Helm


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