This is Where TIME’s Most Influential People on the Internet Stand on Cannabis
TIME magazine has just released the newest iteration of their ’25 Most Influential People on the Internet’ list. And while for most of these people cannabis policy reform isn’t their key concern, most of them have still voiced their views on the matter. And when you have this much clout, even an off-hand comment can go a long way towards shaping people’s opinions.
Here’s how how TIME’s most influential people are influencing public perceptions of cannabis.
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X has built a long list of accomplishments in a short time. His hit genre-blending single “Old Town Road” set to be the longest running number one song on the Hot 100 and is now probably the most high profile out gay man in hip-hop. He’s also a self confessed on-again, off-again cannabis consumer and talked about his past as a weed dealer in the song ‘Kick It.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
This New York Democrat has quickly made a name for herself in the House of Representatives by leveraging the powers of social media to shine a spotlight on oft-ignored issues in Congress. One of them is cannabis.
The communities impacted by the War on Drugs should receive investments from the economic benefits of legalization — not those who enrich themselves off for-profit incarceration. . video via: @drugpolicyalliance
A post shared by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@ocasio2018) on Feb 15, 2019 at 5:05pm PST
The current president of the United States hasn’t exactly been the most cannabis-friendly guy around. He exacerbated the War on Drugs by making the notoriously anti-cannabis Jeff Sessions the Attorney General. And instead of killing the black market via legalization (and making a whole lot of money along the way) he’s dedicated himself to building an expensive wall across the US-Mexico border that isn’t likely to do anything to stop the flow of illegal drugs.
This runaway teen found herself at the center of the conversation around the plight of Saudi women whose lives are often entirely directed by male relatives. She chronicled the many injustices women often face in her home country and was eventually granted asylum in Canada. Since arriving she has continued to exercise her right to make her own decisions and posted an image on Snapchat of her smoking something that looks suspiciously like a joint — something that would be highly forbidden for her in the country she fled.
Now, Grande doesn’t seem to have said anything about her own cannabis habits, but the massively popular performer former engagement to noted cannabis-consumer and comedian Pete Davidson suggests the ‘Thank U Next’ singer isn’t buying into the cannabis stigmas.