MEET THE NEW CANNABIS CELEBRITIES
Throughout history, our beloved Mary Jane has accrued many followers, some of them renowned icons, known for their belief in the leaf. From the ancient Egyptians (Ramses II supposedly enjoyed a good joint and was buried with pollen from our favourite plant) to John F Kennedy (who, in one of his biographical stories by Meagher and Gragg, is said to have smoked three joints with American socialite, Mary Meyer), celebs have always been in love with pot.
While criminalization hit the leaf hard at the beginning of the 20th century, the pressure surrounding cannabis use has lessened and it is finding its way back into mainstream life. Indeed, Pot Pop Culture began to develop in the 1970s, when we lived without wifi, or the internet and with a poor selection of stuff to watch on the box.
With their first feature-length movie “Cheech and Chong: Up In Smoke”, the comedy duo, Cheech and Chong, became the creative masterminds behind the “Stoner Comedy” genre and established a strong stoner image for the public to follow. But 40 years down the line, the stoner image is fading and Pot Pop Culture is now giving rise to a new gang of ganja-loving celebs. So step aside, hippies! These are The New Cannabis Celebrities…