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 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.
This social media star doesn't make cannabis a central part of her YouTube skits, but she's made it pretty clear on the past that she thinks it's time to change the way people think about marijuana.
Ok, so Kolfage might not have said anything about cannabis explicitly, but given the fact that he's the man behind a GoFundMe campaign to pay for Trump's ridiculous border wall...we're gonna go ahead and throw him in the 'marijuana is bad' camp.
Charles is a hugely popular beauty vlogger and holds the title of first male ambassador for CoverGirl. In recent days though, Charles has become best-known for discussing the not-so-glamourous side of social media infleuncers and cancel culture. And while he is clearly breaking a ton of barriers he is not, however, a fan of cannabis - he made that pretty clear in a Tweet following a practical joke a friend played on him.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have histories with cannabis. Harry was admitted to rehab for his apparent excessive cannabis use when he was a teen, though he has been pretty-tight lipped on the subject since. Markle, on the other hand, seems to have a somewhat better relationship with marijuana. It was reported that she gave out cannabis gift bags at her first wedding, and a relative in the cannabis business has tried to capitalize on her celebrity by introducing the Markle Sparkle strain.
Cardi B is easily one of the biggest names in hip-hop right now, but she goes against rapper stereotypes by insisting that she isn't a cannabis consumer. She has confessed to smoking up a bit during her teen years, but she said it made her "really paranoid." She's "not against weed" however, though she chooses not to consume any more.
At one time Maza was most well known for his journalistic work with Vox. These days however, it his work on addressing online harassment that has garnered him the most attention. And while Maza said in a tweet that he "too old" to start consuming cannabis he seems to be on the side of liberalizing America's cannabis laws.
Shapiro is one of the most prominent conservative-leaning political commentators around right now. And he's helping push Republicans to change the ways they think about cannabis.
A young YouTube star, Chamberlain has been credited for challenging the typically over-produced and slick styling of most social media influencers' content. This 18-year-old internet star is still too young to legally consume cannabis in her home state of California, but she's previously rejected accusations that she's a consumer anyway.
Ali's Twitter feed is closely followed by people looking to find some of the most viral news stories around. And he's used that clout in the past to push for an end to the War on Drugs.
Following her rise to prominence as an actor on NBC's 'The Good Place', Jamil has become one of the leading voices in the body positivity movement. However, marijuana positivity doesn't seem to be on her docket and she has previously mocked cannabis consumers on social media.
Barkan is one of social media's most prominent advocates pushing for a whole host of progressive causes. And one of them is ending the racist War on Drugs.