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Top Ten Most Influential Pot Smokers Via the Marijuana Policy Project

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Despite Ohio voters' rejection of what critics called a very flawed marijuana legalization proposal last week, few observers believe that public acceptance of cannabis use is on the decline.

Indeed, more prominent people than ever before admit to having partaken.

That's clear from a list of the fifty most influential pot consumers according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a national advocacy organization in which Denver-based Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert plays a major role.

And while weed fanciers such as Miley Cyrus, seen above, make the cut (she comes in at 45), those near the roster's peak include some of the most powerful political and cultural figures in these United States.

For this post, we've focused on the top ten, featuring photo illustrations plus sourced quotes from the MPP. And while not every person says something complimentary about marijuana, their previous experiences with it demonstrates that the substance is used by individuals at every level of society.

Including the high and mighty. Continue to count down the top ten — and to see all fifty selection, click here.

10. Jay Z

“I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished ‘Izzo.'”

Source: XXL Magazine

9. LeBron James

“James also revealed he and his teammates smoked marijuana one night after getting access to a hotel room in Akron.”

Source: ESPN

8. Katy Perry

“Weed doesn’t agree with me… I turn into more of a weirdo than I actually am!”

Source: ET Online

7. Clarence Thomas

“The White House said today that Judge Clarence Thomas, President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, had smoked marijuana while in college.”

Source: New York Times

6. Stephen Colbert

“First, [in high school], I smoked a lot of pot…and that’s how I got to know the people ‘half in’ the society of my high school and we waved at each other over the bong. Then I got to know people by making jokes.”

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

5. John Kerry

“Yes.” [In response to the question, “Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?”]

Source: New York Times

4. Bill Clinton

“When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two.”

Source: New York Times

3. Oprah Winfrey

“Uh … 1982. I hear it’s gotten better.” [In response to a question about when she last consumed marijuana.]

Source: New York Daily News

2. 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL)

“I drank alcohol, and I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover. It was pretty common.”

Source: Boston Globe

Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)

Cruz spokesperson: “When [Cruz] was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he’s never tried it since.”

Source: Daily Mail

Sen. Rand Paul (KY)

“Let’s just say I wasn’t a choir boy when I was in college and that I can recognize that kids make mistakes, and I can say that I made mistakes when I was a kid.” [In response to a question about whether he ever consumed marijuana. Also, one of his college friends said, “Randy smoked pot.”]

Source: The Hill

Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)

“If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t believe me. And if I tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say, ‘Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made it. He did alright so I guess I can do it too.'”

Source: Slate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)

“I smoked marijuana twice — didn’t quite work for me. It’s not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people.”

Source: Yahoo News

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (PA)

“Well, yeah, I admitted you know, back when I was running for the Senate, that when I was in college that I smoked pot and that was something that I did when I was in college.”

Source: The Daily Caller

1. President Barack Obama

“When I was a kid, I inhaled. Frequently. That was the point.”

Source: New York Times

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