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Big money and the green stuff

Bill Gates is, without a doubt, one of the most successful people in the world. In fact, in August of 2018, hewas named the second-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $95.4 billion. But he isn’t just famous for his extraordinary wealth. While he is best known for founding the Microsoft Corporation, he is also a successful author, humanitarian and generous philanthropist.

He also happens to be a big fan of cannabis.

In 2012, Gates backed the referendum to legalise cannabis in Washington, which is his home state. In 2017, Rolling Stone named him one of 50 successful marijuana enthusiasts. He has also been named one of the most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine. When Gates talks, people really listen, and this makes his voice incredibly important when it comes to shaping perceptions around cannabis.

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It’s no secret that a lot of creative people use cannabis as a creative aid. Also on the Rolling Stone list is superstar rapper Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, who was a strong supporter of efforts to legalise cannabis in California. Jay-Z is one of the world’s best-selling artists. He has won 22 Grammy Awards – more than any other rapper on Earth – and has been ranked by Billboard as one of the greatest artists of all time. He has made mention of cannabis in his music, using his massive influence to spread the word.

Miley Cyrus is another artist who believes that weed has a lot to offer. She’s also been ranked by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people. She has openly spoken out about her cannabis habits, even declaring her love for it in interviews. When she accepted an award for Best Video at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, she appeared to be smoking a joint on stage. This wasn’t aired in the United States.

The legends
We can’t forget influential names the likes of brazen journalist Hunter S. Thompson. We have to mention the original Playboy Hugh Hefner, along with musical heavyweights Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, all of whom have openly associated themselves with cannabis.

What are your thoughts on celebrities leading the conversation around cannabis? Has your mindset changed after hearing someone influential speak out?

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