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Life Advice from Our Favorite Stoners

by Hannah Smith

As cannabis becomes more widely recreational throughout the US and beyond, there are tons of celebrities to turn to for #weedspo as people become increasingly more comfortable with talking about their method of relaxation. While we don’t cover cannabis here often, we know it plays a part in the wellness routines of many, whether used to chill out, perk up, or medicate illness, so we gathered some of the best quotes from our favorite stoners to remind you cannabis consumption is normal and nothing to feel ashamed about.

Natural Is Best

When it comes to the debate on cannabis, there’s a few schools of thought. For many users, the thought is, it’s natural, what’s the harm? Our Queen, Ilana (Wexler, not Glazer, that is) reminders us of that when she takes a dime bag out of you know where, stating, ““You know, the vuh-yine-yuh is nature’s pocket. It’s, it’s natural. And it’s responsible.” Natural = responsible. Got it.

Enjoy it When and How You Want

Sure, your family might deem your cannabis consumption to be a little bit excessive, but cannabis effects everyone differently and frankly, to each his own. There’s no shame in a wake and bake, there’s nothing wrong with a mid-day pick me up, and there’s nothing wrong with a night cap, just ask Steve Martin – “I used to smoke marijuana. But I’ll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening – or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early midafternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning… But never at dusk.”

Be a Nice Person

We love Miss Kacey for a number of reasons, but her love for cannabis and a good ole high makes her feel that much more relatable. Musgraves has opened up a number of times as to why she chooses to be a cannabis consumer (as if anyone needs to explain why), but one short line summed it up perfectly, “Weed makes me a nicer person.” Do what you gotta do to stay a nice person, now more than ever!

Stay True to Yourself

This piece would be fully incomplete without mentioning Rihanna. Rihanna has been an out and open cannabis consumer for longer than I can even remember, and some even credit her with being the first to make the stoner movement a little less “bro-like.” Nonetheless, we love a cannabis queen who does what she needs to do to get high, even if that means roll a blunt on her body guard’s bald head. When Rihanna was confronted with the fact that there were tons of photos of her rolling up with questions from fans to boot, she responded on Twitter saying, “I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else” – need we say more?

Keep the Peace

Some debates surrounding cannabis have equated partaking in consumption of cannabis to that of committing violet felonies, but it’s pretty known that this isn’t quite the often the case. In the wise words of Snoop Dogg, “So what if I’m smoking weed onstage and doing what I gotta do? It’s not me shooting nobody, stabbing nobody, killing nobody. It’s a peaceful gesture and they have to respect that and appreciate that.” Snoop Dogg reminds us that the goal of cannabis is truly the opposite of that.

No cannabis article would be complete without mentioning the disproportionate rate at which people of color are incarcerated for small, non-violent, cannabis related crimes. That’s why this 4/20, we encourage you to donate to some of the non-profits below:

The Last Prisoner Project: a non-profit which aims to not only release people incarcerated for cannabis charges, but helps get them back on their feet by providing the resources necessary to do so

National Bail Out: a black lead non-profit that bails out as many black mamas and caretakers as possible who are in for non-violet cannabis crimes and help provide employment opportunities and work toward bail reform

Freedom Grow: a non-profit that helps provide those incarcerated for non-violent, cannabis related crimes with basics needs (think soap, phone calls home, stamps to keep in touch with loved ones) by putting money directly into commissary accounts. Some have even been granted clemency with the help of the program

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