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Bongs In The Boardroom? How Cannabis Shaped These Business Moguls

Couch-locked? More like "can't stand still."

It turns out that "burrito taster" and "couch quality analyst" aren't the only employment opportunities out there for cannabis aficionados.

Here are five high-powered executives that prove it.

1. Ted Turner

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The American media mogul behind CNN, TNT, and TBS - and a guy credited with basically inventing the 24-hour news cycle, and who has publicly copped to having four girlfriends - might well be expected to need a little herbal enhancement to keep up. America's largest private land owner and owner of the Atlanta Braves, Turner reportedly grew pot in his college dorm room, and helped fund the Kentucky Hemp Museum, according to the book The Wages of Sin by Pastor James Langston. Langston writes, as well, that a memo leaked after Turner banned smoking at CNN in the '90s indicated it was "common knowledge" that Turner "sits in his office and smokes marijuana."

2. Gary Johnson

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Johnson's got a resume to rival Bruce Wayne's. In addition to serving as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, and getting the nod from the Libertarian Party nominee in the 2012 presidential election, Johnson is an avid triathlete who climbed Mount Everest "despite toes blackened with frostbite." He also climbed Mount Elbrus, Denali, Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Mount Vinson, and Carstensz Pyramid - the tallest peaks in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa, South America, Antarctica, and Oceania. He's also into getting elevated in another sense of the word: in the summer of 2014 , he became president and CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc., a Nevada-based manufacturer of medical cannabis products.

3. Sergey Brin

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The Russian-born Google co-founder cracked the top five of Forbes' 2009 Most Powerful People in the World ranking. Nowadays, he's working on a number of initiatives that'll change life as we know it, from driverless cars to new horizons in the alternative energy industry. Clearly his marijuana use during his college years hasn't killed too many brain cells: Brin has also received the Marconi Foundation Prize, the "Highest Award in Engineering."

4. Jay Z

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Shawn Corey Carter (a.k.a Jay Z) is one of the most wildly successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs in American history, with an estimated net worth of nearly $520-million. While he's publicly stated in recent years that his weed-smoking days are behind him, Jay Z clearly didn't always feel that way. Back in 2000, he rapped on the track, I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me): "Got six model chicks, six bottles of Crist' / Four Belvederes, got weed everywhere..." Doesn't sound too shabby.

5. Arianna Huffington

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The Huffington Post founder has written extensively on the ways in which the drug war "is an all-out disaster that has inflicted an untold amount of unnecessary human suffering," stating that "as a first step toward ending this failed war, we should continue with the movement toward the decriminalization of pot."

h/t Cheat Sheet


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