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Bill Gates (b. October 28, 1955)

Bill Gates, the wealthiest and most philanthropic US citizen, voted “yes” on the 2012 referendum that legalized marijuana in his home state of Washington, he told BuzzFeed in January 2014.

“It’s an experiment, and it’s probably good to have a couple states try it out to see before you make that national policy,” he said. “Can they keep it out of minors’ hands? Will it reduce alcohol consumption? Are there some people who use it at levels you might think of as inappropriate? Will drug gangs make less money?” were questions he said need to be answered when Washington’s law takes effect later this year.

Gates refused to say whether or not he’s smoked pot in the interview, but the 1994 book Gates: How Microsoft’s Mogul Reinvented an Industry—and Made Himself the Richest Man in America by PC Magazine’s Stephen Manes and Seattle Times reporter Paul Andrews indicates that he did.

While at Harvard in the early 1970s, during the days of sex and drugs and rock and roll, “I don’t think I was unusual in any of those dimensions, plus or minus,” Gates said in an interview on August 29, 1991. His record collection mostly consisted of albums by Seattle native Jimi Hendrix, foisted on him by Paul Allen with the catchphrase, “Are you experienced?”

The book states, “Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice, but in [roommate Sam] Znaimer’s words, ‘on a couple of well-planned isolated occasions we’d go off to the country and spend time contemplating the universe’.” Gates told Playboy he did LSD in his interview with the magazine published December 8, 1994.

Gates’s Silicon Valley associates were of the era, and to this day, the computer industry shies away from employee drug testing, knowing it would eliminate some of their best talent. “These were the kind of guys (and, very, very rarely, gals) who would once have proclaimed that drugs would change the world, or composting toilets, or Earth Shoes, or strobe lights, or Eastern religions. Now they were all electronics engineers. [or others] who had somehow stumbled into the world of programming. But they were beginning to realize, with almost religious fervor, that hey, the thing that would really change the world—or at least one’s own personal slice of it, which amounted to the same thing—was the computer.” Of a meeting between IBM executives, “hippie software company” Microsoft, and operating system developers Intergalactic/Digital Research, Manes and Andrews wrote, “To the laid-back, jeans-wearing, late-hippie Digital Research stalwarts, they looked like representatives of the hated FBI-or narcs.”

Bob Wallace, who the book describes as an “organizer, countercultural figure, and employee of Seattle’s laid-back Retail Computer Store” became an early programmer for Microsoft, becoming the “wizard” with Pascal. After Wallace left the company in 1983, Microsoft lost much of its Pascal market share to Borland’s Turbo version. Wallace was a supporter of drug policy reform groups during his lifetime.

Another one of Gates’s associates, Blair Newman, once ran Amorphia, which sold rolling papers to fund the 1972 initiative drive to legalize marijuana in California. Newman worked at Shugard Associates, the developer of the 5 1/4-inch disk drive that “made microcomputers more than a toy” and turned up later at Apple Computer. At both companies he was seen as a visionary with brilliant ideas and an utter inability to execute them. Gates, who “was no stranger to drugs,” met Newman on the speaking circuit, where Newman helped Gates with a speech and they became friends.

Gates’s idol, the book states, is VIP Richard Feynman, of whom Gates said, “had his own way of thinking about things. He was his own guy who decided what counted and what did not, built his values around what he understood and not some artificial way of looking at things.” At one point, he planned to meet with Feynman to discuss distributing a videotaped series of his lectures. “It’s the coolest way to learn physics ever,” Gates said. “It’s funny. It’s interesting. I’d love to give a lecture like that some day.”

Gates was arrested on December 13, 1977 by the Albuquerque Police Department. But the records manager at the Albuquerque Police Department said that after a thorough search no arrest record was found in connection with the mug shot shown. (It is a common practice in many states to remove the record of minor felony convictions after a period of several years, provided that there is no repeat conviction. Among the crimes considered minor felonies are DUI and possession of small amounts of a controlled substance.)

Wendy Goldman Rohm reveals in her book The Microsoft File: The Secret Case Against Bill Gates that Gates and former Microsoft employee Stephanie Reichel broke up their romance in 1992 at an Amsterdam coffeehouse. Bill Gates (b. October 28, 1955) Bill Gates, the wealthiest and most philanthropic US citizen, voted “yes” on the 2012 referendum that legalized marijuana in his home

Top 9 Successful Celebs Who Smoke

Just say no to marijuana or you could end up a billionaire, president of the United States, or just wildly rich and famous. Here are 9 celebs who smoke and break the stereotype of pothead to show the world why weed is motivation.

Does using marijuana ruin your chances of having a successful career? Not anymore! It’s no secret you have to work hard to be successful. These pot-smoking business people, entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, and celebrities are proof that the days of lazy stoner stereotypes and horrible anti-pot campaigns are in the past.

This is your list of the most epically successful stoner celebrities and entrepreneurs of our times. Grab some popcorn, a nice packed pipe, and toke notes from the pros because who knows, maybe you could be the next cannabis connoisseur entrepreneur.

Whoopi Goldberg

That’s right! Whoopi is a major cannabis advocate. She’s even launched her own line of cannabis products that target menstrual cramps with tinctures, body balms, and bath soaks.


Okay, maybe it’s not that surprising that Roseanne gets high. She even acted high in one of the episodes from her infamous TV show. She openly supports cannabis policy reform and even tried her hand at opening a dispensary in California.


The original Queen of Pop once dropped more F-bombs on David Letterman than Good Fellas entire movie. Years later in an interview she explained to the late night host that it was the joint she smoke before that night that loosened up her tongue so much. We love you Madonna, for keeping it real 100%.

Bill Gates

BuzzFeed has called him the “wealthiest American and the nation’s largest philanthropist. Bill Gates co-founded a little startup called Microsoft, maybe you’ve heard of them.

Gates publicly voted “yes” to legalize cannabis in Washington, his home state. Does Bill Gates actually smoke weed though? He suggested to journalists in the 1990’s that he’d tried both marijuana and LSD and is listed on the Marijuana Policy Project’s ranking of “influential marijuana users”.

In the book Gates: How Microsofts Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America, author Stepen Manes suggests that marijuana is Gates “pharmaceutical of choice.

Carl Sagan

Like to get blazed and look at the stars? So does Carl Sagan, the vintage scientist who’s famous for his broad world and galactic perspectives.

Sagan died in 1996 from pneumonia at age the young age of 62, but not before becoming one of the world’s most famous scientists. He single-handedly popularized the study of astronomy and was a pioneer for the search for intelligent life off-planet.

His life-long best friend, Harvard professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon, another successful and intelligent cannabis advocate, published a book called, Marijuana Reconsidered. In it the 1971 book, he included an anonymous essay by a “Mr. X” who wrote at length about his blissful experiences with marijuana.

It wasn’t until 1999 that Grinspoon revealed Mr. X was, in fact, the one and only Carl Sagan.

Michael Phelps

No one who ever smoked pot did anything good with their life? Ever heard that? Me too. Tell that to Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps.

The media blasted Phelps for getting blasted from a bong rip back in 2009. Isn’t weed supposed to slow you down? I guess not for Phelps!

Hugh Hefner

America’s playboy passed away recently, but his legacy will likely live on forever. His long-time lover, Holly Madison, revealed in her “tell-all” book, Down the Rabbit Hole, that Hugh enjoyed a nightly puff at the end of each day.

Woody Harrelson

Ok, maybe you guessed Woody Harrelson gets high. It’s no secret. Woody even tried to get a license to run a medicinal weed dispensary from his Hawaiian home.

Most recently though he told the Daily Mail that he’s been on a 1-year hiatus from smoking herb. He didn’t have anything bad to say about it, but he mentioned that he is super moderate with marijuana now compared to most of his life.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is considered one of, if not the, most successful stoner. He’s idolized by entrepreneurs all over the world for what he did with Mac. According to reports, he used to smoke weed with friends and eat pot brownies. He says that it helped him relax and made him more creative.


The world’s perspective on pot is shifting. It’s going from back alleys and basements to the front page; so don’t be shy about your cannabis advocacy. Could it hold you back from being successful?

Perhaps if you don’t have a healthy habit or lifestyle, sure it could. But just because you use it regularly in moderation doesn’t mean you’ll turn into an unmotivated couch potato. Get lifted, get inspired, and go out there and get ‘em, tiger!

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