Top 5 Canadian Cannabis Activists

Seth Rogen

Seth Aaron Rogan was born April 15th, 1982 and is a Canadian-American actor, writer, producer, stand up comedian and director. Rogan’s early career started during his teenage years performing stand-up comedy. Seth was living in the hometown of Vancouver when he landed a support role in a series called ” Freaks and Geeks,” and shortly after that he moved to Los Angeles for the role but unfortunately the series was canceled after one season. Rogen co-wrote the films Superbad, The Green Hornet, This Is the End and Pineapple Express which was the film that labeled Seth Rogan as a cannabis icon. Pineapple Express was released in 2008, and the story is based around a process server(Seth Rogan) and his marijuana dealer (James Franco). Seth is widely known for his advocacy of cannabis, in 2007 Rogen was named “Stoner of The Year” by High Times magazine and award created by NORML at their annual national conference. All together making Seth one the more iconic Canadian pop culture activists.

Tommy Chong

Thomas B. Chong was born May 24th, 1938 and is a Canadia-American actor, writer, comedian, director, and a well-known cannabis rights activist. Chong is widely known for his cannabis-themed Cheech & Ching comedy records and his movies with Cheech Marin. Thomas also played a stoner hippie character on the popular tv show ” That ‘70s Show’. For the majority of Chong’s adult life cannabis has been illegal however he chooses to and continually use it openly and in the public eye. In the late 1980’s Thomas officially became a citizen of the United States. Chong became a marijuana activist and has continually supported the legalization of the plants use medically and recreationally. He is a frequent contributor to Cannabis Culture Magazine and is a member of the NORML advisory board. Thomas’s life and achievements within the cannabis community have solidified him as one of the most well-known examples of a cannabis activist.

Justin Bieber

Justin Drew Bieber was born on March 1, 1994, and is a Canadian singer and songwriter. The beginning of Justin’s career began after talent manager Scooter Braun discovered him through his YouTube video covering other artists songs and in 2008 he signed him to Raymond Braun Media Group. Justin’s debut EP “My World” was released in 2009 and went platinum in the US. He became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard top 100. Bieber’s first full-length album ” My World 2.0″ was released in 2010 and debuted at number one in multiple countries and was certified triple platinum in the US which his single “Baby” was on. Justin has stated publicly on social media about his support for medical cannabis. He advocates against how big pharma is paying to block and slow down the progression of medical marijuana and further explains how pharmaceutical companies have been funding anti-cannabis legislation in several states across the country. Beiber also has several other statements on social media to his almost 100 million Twitter followers telling them that he will be continuing to advocate for cannabis and that we all need to start paying attention to these issues. Beiber has also stated that smoking cannabis isn’t what makes up his identity, but he knows that it’s crucial for him to be an advocate for marijuana at such a critical time where more and more states and countries are moving towards legalization.

Michael J. Fox

Michael Andrew Fox was born on June 9th and is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, and film producer. Michaels career began in the 1970s when he stared in the ” Back to The Future trilogy where he played the character ” Marty McFly.” Some of Fox’s other roles included being Spin City and Family Ties. He has won many awards including Emmy’s, Golden Globe, Grammy, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 1991 Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 29 but did not make his condition public until 1998, and went into to a brief retirement from acting in 2000 as his disease and its symptoms worsened. He has since advocated for research to find a cure, and from that, he has created the Micahel J.Fox Foundation.  Michael has been a long time advocate of the medical cannabis community, and his foundation has put out several articles and pieces of information promoting the advocacy of conducting more research into its health benefits and its aid in fighting Parkinson disease.

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Nadine Morissette was born June 1st, 1974 and is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Morissette’s career began in Canada in the early 1990s with two successful pop albums. She moved to Los Angeles after getting a record deal and release ” Jagged Little Pill: in 1995 which sold more than 33 million copies globally and is her most well know pieces of work. In her career, Alanis has sold over 75 million records throughout the world and has been named the “Queen of Alt-Rock Angst” by Rolling Stone. She has a hit song called ” Mary Jane,” but Alanis has further elaborated into her love for marijuana on an interview with High Times Magazine. Morissette says that cannabis keeps her creative juices flowing and that she frequently uses when she is writing music. Alanis has used her following to spread positive awareness about marijuana which is why she is a model example of a Canadian pop culture activist.

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