Almost everyone knows that Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and a few other prominent celebrities haven't been shy about their marijuana use for years, but many famous men and women who consume the herb are still very much in the cannabis closet. However, 2017 was a year for a few more celebrities to come clean about their love of the herb. For your reading pleasure, here we highlight five celebrities who came out of the marijuana closet in 2017.
1. Sir Patrick Stewart
In March of 2017, Patrick Stewart, the 76-year-old, award-winning actor, issued a statement in support of a new research program being undertaken by Oxford University to look into the benefits and effects of cannabis as a medicine. Stewart spoke favorably of his experience with cannabis sprays, ointments, and edibles, which he has used daily for the past two years to treat his own painful arthritis, saying:
“It helps with sleep as the pain was reduced...I believe that the ointment and spray have significantly reduced the stiffness and pain in my hands.”
2. Kathy Bates
In August of 2017, actress and director Kathy Bates spoke candidly with The New York Times about her cannabis use since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Bates said she supports the legalization of cannabis, and when asked if she “smoked pot,” she bluntly replied:
“Yeah, I do. I’ve had a prescription for some time for chronic pain. I’ve really become a believer. I find it just as, if not more, effective than other pain relief.”
3. Anne Hathaway
In April of 2017, actress Anne Hathaway appeared on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen where she (somewhat) admitted to using cannabis. When asked how big of a stoner she was while playing “Plead the Fifth,” a smirking Hathaway answered, “I'm not a little one,” and mentioned she doesn't have a medical marijuana card.
4. Andrew Garfield
In January of 2017, actor Andrew Garfield came out of the cannabis closet with a recounting of a 2012 trip to Disneyland for his 29th birthday in which he and his friends ate pot brownies before entering the theme park, saying “it was literally heaven.”
5. Elle King
In February of 2017, singer Elle King revealed she's a cannabis user by sharing her experience with the herb at the 2017 Grammys with an Instagram post of her stoned self at the awards show with the caption: “Note to self, don’t eat a bunch of pot muffins before the Grammys red carpet. #AccidentallyHighAF.”