There has always been a stigma facing women that makes them ashamed to tell people that they smoke marijuana. But women have been smoking marijuana since the dawn of time, and should be able to express it! Here at Slyng, we want to help reduce this stigma, because everyone should be able to participate and be active in the cannabis community. That's why we're bringing you a list of some of the most influential women who smoke marijuana.
Martha Stewart has become the grandmother to cannabis culture. And a famous friendship with Snoop Dogg! Martha Stewart has pronounced her love for marijuana, proclaiming "Of course I know how to roll a joint!", on the show 92Y with Andy Cohen in 2013.
One of the greatest intellectuals and activists, Maya Angelou, wrote in her second autobiography "Gather Together in My Name" her use and experience with marijuana. "Smoking grass eased the strain for me. I made a connection at a restaurant nearby. People called it Mary Jane, hash, green, gauge, weed, pot, and I had absolutely no fear of using it. From a natural stiffness I melted into a grinning tolerance. Walking on the streets became high adventure, eating my mother's huge dinners an opulent entertainment, and playing with my son was side-cracking hilarity. For the first time, life amused me." said Angelou.
Whoopi Goldberg has always been an advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Recently, Goldberg started a company, Whoopi & Maya, with the main goal of helping women during their time-of-the-month with the use of cannabis based products.
Margaret Mead was a famous anthropologist in the 60's and 70's. She notably told the United States Senate that weed should be legal. "It is my considered opinion that at present 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." Mind you this was in 1969!
Queen Victoria was prescribed tinctures of cannabis (this was a very common way of using cannabis at that time period), by her doctor Sir J. Russell Reynolds. In 1980, Reynolds stated "When pure and administered carefully, [cannabis] is one of the most valuable medicines we possess."
In Jane Fonda's new show, Frankie & Grace, there are many depictions of marijuana usage. So there is no doubt that Fonda is a supporter. She was quoted saying "I'll smoke pot every now and then. I cannot see a movie on pot. The number of movies I've seen thinking, 'This is probably the best I have ever seen', and then I'll see it again sober and think, 'What was I thinking?'"
As the lead singer in one of the greatest bands on the planet, Fleetwood Mac, Nicks stated that she often smokes pot before writing songs. "When I'm writing, I will allow myself to smoke a little bit of pot. It's my one little thing that I can do. If I'm sitting at a piano and I'm writing, then I'm not out driving around in a car. Nobody is here, nobody sees me. I am not smoking with anybody. It's just me, and it's my choice. I use it as a tool, and I'm very careful, you know? And I get results."
Lady Gaga is known to be an advocate for the legalization of marijuana. In 2012, she even lit a joint on stage when performing in Amsterdam. Lady Gaga told U.K.'s Attitude magazine that her smoking "was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip. I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself and then sleeping it off and then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, not knowing what the pain was." At the time frame that Lady Gaga is referering to, she was smoking up to 15 joints a day. But eventually fellow artist, Marina Abramovic got her to cut back. "I cold-turkeyed, for weeks and weeks I didn't smoke at all. And now I smoke a little bit at night, just you know, for fun - but not to cope. That's the difference."
In 2015, Jennifer Lawrence admitted that she smoked pot before going to the Oscars. In a hilarious interview with Andy Cohen on his TV Show "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen", Cohen told Lawrence that Susan Surandon had admitted to smoking pot before every award show besides the Oscars, Lawrence said "That's awesome. I'm actually completely reversed. I smoked pot at none of them, but I saw my brother smoking out of a bong before one of the Oscar's." Cohen followed up and asked if she took a hit, and in response Lawrence said "uh, yeah."
Although, Theron hasn't come out publicly in support of legalizing marijuana. In 2001, Theron was caught smoking marijuana out of an apple bong at a party!