As the general election inches closer and each side tries to sway their share of the undecided vote, celebrities are coming out left and right to pledge support and offer a helping
hand fanbase. While political endorsements by celebrities are nothing new, they tend to pop up more frequently around election time.
In Arizona, residents were reminded to vote yes on Proposition 205 by Hollywood’s favorite Stepmom, none other than Susan Sarandon. This isn’t the first time Sarandon has made her cannabis views known to the world, as she’s frequently been open about the need for drug reform, often touting marijuana’s health benefits over comparable drugs like alcohol. The ping-pong-and-pot-loving movie star left voicemails for Arizona voters in the hope that they’d get out and vote on November 8, preferably for her cause. Sarandon, who has never been afraid to take a political stand, urged Arizonans to consider legalizing recreational marijuana with the following message.
This is Susan Sarandon, and I’m calling about the marijuana ballot initiative in Arizona. Whether someone uses marijuana or not, we’d probably all prefer for law enforcement to spend their time preventing and investigating serious crimes, rather than marijuana offenses. Also, regulating marijuana will take it out of the hands of criminals and instead generate jobs and tax revenues. So please, vote for taxing and regulating marijuana by voting yes on Prop 205 November 8th. Thank you.
Sarandon isn’t the only celebrity taking a stand on marijuana this election cycle, as many have joined forces to push through California’s Adult Use of Marijuana Act, otherwise known as Prop 64. Artists for Yes on 64 is a self-described coalition of artists aiming to “pass this historic initiative that will strengthen communities and end the selective and aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession that has contributed to California’s booming prison system.” The coalition counts actors like Sarah Silverman, Danny Glover, and Shailene Woodley among its supporters, as well as musicians (Pusha T, Sting, Melissa Etheridge) and athletes (Ricky Williams, Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington) alike. Jay Z, who recently lent his voice to a powerful short film that lampoons the War on Drugs, also ranks among the A-listers throwing their support behind Prop 64. Jay is joined by Olivia Wilde, who has also been outspoken about marijuana legalization in the past. The former “House, MD” actress once stated, “I am shocked and saddened by the harm that marijuana criminalization brings, especially for communities of color. Being a mother, I’m deeply invested in reform that will lead to a more just and peaceful world for all our kids. It’s time to end the harm.”
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Other Hollywood A-listers took a more humorous approach to raising awareness (we’ll count any positive mainstream media attention on marijuana as raising awareness for the legalization cause because it counteracts decades of damaging propaganda). Anna Faris, while recording her podcast in front of a live studio audience for Entertainment Weekly, quizzed special guest Seth Rogen on all things weed. Though we’d guess Seth is most likely tired of answering marijuana questions on every press tour, these were at least slightly different than the standard fare. Faris checked Rogen on his seemingly vast knowledge of both marijuana and old school hip-hop, asking which rapper’s ashes were rolled up with weed and smoked by his crew after cremation. Rogen was surprisingly stumped, needing a first letter hint from Faris to arrive at his answer of Tupac. Faris also asked the celebrated comedy writer and actor a question that would be easily answered after a quick visit to Weedmaps; are there more dispensaries or Starbucks in Los Angeles? The answer is dispensaries, and many of them carry coffee, too. You can see the rest of the humorous interview, including a fascinating tidbit about CBD and babies, right here.
As America’s celebrities dawn their political hats in the week leading up to the big vote, politicians are getting their chance at the bright lights of Hollywood as well. After eight years of incessant requests, President Barack Obama will finally appear on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The POTUS has appeared on many of the other late night talk shows throughout his dual terms, but Bill Maher’s has escaped him until now. After Maher got tired of submitting informal appeals behind closed doors, he took his efforts public. Maher posted his request to the White House’s own petition platform where any campaign with 100,000 signatures garners an official response from 1600 Penn. After the White House responded that they’d “think about” the opportunity, Maher and his loyal following didn’t get their hopes up. But alas, Barry O. will make his highly-anticipated debut on “Real Time” this Friday, November 4th at 10 p.m. We’re more than willing to bet that noted stoner Bill Maher will be bringing the topic of cannabis legalization up with our 44th President.
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