Hollywood has never shied away from cannabis use, and many stars speak openly about it on the red carpet and in interviews — whether it is legal in their state or not. Now, more female celebrities are feeling comfortable about talking about the benefits it brings to their lives and why they think it should be legalized in all 50 states.
It’s no secret that Whoopi Goldberg has long been a proponent of legalizing marijuana in her home state of New Jersey — she’s used it for everything from menstrual cramps to headaches. Understanding that there is “a middle ground between dire need and recreation,” she is a champion of “gradual decriminalization and legalization of cannabis” because she believes it “is critical to the well-being of our society,” per her 2018 op-ed for the OC Register.
Comedian Chelsea Handler, who released her own “America Is Back” Cannabis Kit for President Joe Biden’s inauguration day in 2021, wants the laws to change to give women the opportunity to embrace cannabis without the stigma. “My intention is to embolden and empower women to use cannabis the same way that men do. They don’t own this drug,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
Goldberg and Handler aren’t the only celebrities leading the charge, find out who else is an advocate for legalizing marijuana across the U.S. — some of the names might just surprise you.