In 1974, Bill Murray moved to New York City where he was invited by John Belushi to join The National Lampoon Radio Hour. This eventually led to Saturday Night Live, where he joined the second season and became a standout success, creating iconic characters and moments on the show. Murray remained a cast member for three seasons, leaving to star in a number of movies. He eventually starred in Ghostbusters and the sequels, as the original film became one of the highest-grossing comedies in 1984, right behind Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop.
Before Murray made his way into comedy however, he was studying on a pre-med track at Regis University. While boarding a flight back to school, Murray had 10 pounds of cannabis in his bag, which he jokingly told another passenger that he was carrying two bombs in his suitcase. U.S. marshals didn’t find this joke funny however, as they searched his bag and found an estimated $20,000 worth of marijuana. He was arrested in Chicago and placed on probation for five years, just avoiding jail time, as that was his first offense. This is when Murray then decided to drop out of school and move to New York.
After this incident, Murray didn’t stop having other cannabis experiences, both on and off screen. In his film Caddyshack, Murray’s characters lights up a “big Bob Marley joint” with Chevy Chase, who recalls being on set and waking up at 3 a.m. to Murray pounding on his door looking for weed. They eventually found some weed, which Chase described as, “a sandwich bag full of basically just seeds.” Then, Murray’s character shares a joint with his neighbor while starring in Broken Flowers, which he describes as one of his favorite filming experiences. Murray has also shared his personal thoughts on cannabis, “The fact that states are passing laws allowing it means that its threat has been over-exaggerated.”