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Famous People Arrested on Marijuana Charges
Movie and TV Stars:
Robert Mitchum - Famous actor and one of the first celebrity victims of marijuana prohibition. Mitchum was arrested in a 1948 stakeout in Laurel Canyon, CA.
Source: High Times
Bob Denver - Played lovable character 'Gilligan' on popular 60's television show Gilligan's Island. Arrested in 1998 after a package containing two ounces of marijuana was delivered to his West Virginia house.
Source: Associated Press, Princeton, WV
Oliver Stone - Filmmaker of renowned movies JFK, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, pulled over by police officers for driving erratically and subsequently arrested when hash and painkillers were found in his car.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, August 25, 1999
Matthew McConaughey - Actor in such popular movies as Dazed and Confused and Amistad busted in his Texas home after numerous noise complaints from neighbors. Officers saw him dancing naked and playing bongos. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Source: Houston Chronicle, October 26, 1999
Brad Renfro - Actor in 1994 movie The Client arrested on marijuana (and cocaine charges).
Source: The Associated Press, April 6, 1999

Musicians, Singers and Performers:
Whitney Houston - Grammy winning pop diva was busted boarding an airplane in Hawaii. Officers found 15.2 grams in her bag.
Source: Boston Globe, January 17, 2000
Ray Price - 73 year old country music singer was arrested in his Texas home for possession of marijuana.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, March 26, 1999
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Famous rapper and protégé of Dr. Dre arrested at a Los Angeles comedy club for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Source: San Francisco Examiner, May 3, 1998
Savion Glover - Tony-winning tap dancer was charged with disorderly conduct after police pulled his car over in New York city. He was smoking a "blunt" in his car and police charged him with possession of marijuana.
Source: Washington Post, June 12, 1996
James Brown - Godfather of Soul busted on marijuana and other charges.
Source: Reuters , Aiken, SC, January 29, 1998
The Rolling Stones - Band members were busted several times in 1967.
Source: High Times
Willie Nelson - Busted in Texas in 1995 with pot in his car. Charges were dropped later when search was determined to be illegal.
Source: High Times
David Lee Roth - Former Van Halen front man busted in 1993 in New York city after buying a "dime" bag from an informant.
Source: High Times
Louis Armstrong - Legendary trumpeter busted in 1931 outside of an LA jazz club.
Source: High Times
The Grateful Dead - Their infamous house at 710 Ashbury was raided in 1967. Band members Bob Weir and Pigpen were arrested. Amazingly the police didn't find the pot hidden in a kitchen panty.
Source: High Times
Gene Krupa - Jazz drummer arrested in 1943 in San Francisco after LA narcotic officers followed him. They seized the pot and he spent 84 days in jail.
Source: High Times
Carlos Santana - Legendary Grammy award winning guitar player busted at Houston Airport in 1991 for transporting five grams of marijuana from Mexico.
Source: High Times
Freddy Fender - Tex-Mex pop star busted in Louisiana in 1960 for less than six grams of pot. Source: High Times
Flavor Flav - Sidekick to Chuck D. in Public Enemy busted in 1996 while riding his bike in the Bronx. New York Police officers noticed a bulge in his jacket and stopped him. They found a kilo sized brick of marijuana on him.
Source: High Times

The Beatles:
John Lennon - Famed front man of The Beatles busted for hash in London in 1968. 5 years later almost deported from America because of the charges.
Source: High Times
Paul McCartney - Beatle and long time pro-pot advocate was busted several times throughout the 70's and 80's.
Source: High Times
George Harrison - Beatle arrested in London in 1969 after they raided his home and found 570 "grains" of pot.
Source: High Times

Other Notables:
Ray Charles 1961, Bunny Wailer 1967, David Bowie & Iggy Pop 1976, Neil Diamond 1976, Notorious BIG 1996, and Queen Latifah 1996.
Source: Wire service, news articles and High Times

Athletes:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Former Lakers star busted at Pearson International Airport in Toronto Canada with six grams of marijuana by U.S. Customs officials. Paid $500 fine. Jabbar claims to have used marijuana for years to successfully treat severe migraine headaches.
Source: Associated Press Toronto March 20, 1998
Robert Parish - Boston Celtics star arrested in 1991 when police intercepted two ounces of pot being shipped Federal Express to his Massachusetts house. He paid a $37 fine.
Source: High Times
Ferguson Jenkins - Pitcher and Cy Young award winner busted in 1980 for possessing hash.
Source: High Times
Orlando Cepeda - Former San Francisco Giant and MVP award winner in 1967, charged with smuggling 160 pounds of marijuana from Puerto Rico to Miami in 1976.
Source: High Times
Vernon Maxwell - Former Houston Rocket busted in Texas in 1995 after running a red light. Police found a gram of pot in a baggie on the floor of his car.
Source: High Times
Ross Rebagliati - 1998 gold-medalist snow boarder from Canada who almost had his medal taken away when traces of THC were found in his system.
Source: High Times
Isiah Rider - Former Portland Trail Blazer's guard arrested in 1996 when officers observed him in a car attempting to smoke marijuana from a soda can. He was charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Source: The Register-Guard, December 10, 1998
Allen Iverson - 76ers franchise player busted in 1997 on marijuana charges.
Source: Wire reports and High Times
Mookie Blaylock - Atlanta Hawks star busted in 1997 when drug sniffing dogs uncovered marijuana on him in a Vancouver Canada airport.
Source: Wire reports
Marcus Camby - New York Knick busted for marijuana in 1997, performed community service and the charges were eventually dropped.
Source: Wire reports
Chris Webber - Sacramento Kings player charged with marijuana possession and assaulting a police officer in 1998. He was pulled over and he resisted the police officer. The vehicle was impounded and traces of marijuana were found inside.
Source: CannabisNews.com
Khalid El-Amin - Point guard for University of Connecticut during their championship season, busted a month after championship game against Duke. During a stop for a traffic violation a small amount of marijuana was found on him.
Source: Middletown Press, April 16, 1999
Todd Marinovich - Former USC and Raiders quarterback arrested for growing one pot plant in his house in 1996.
Source: High Times

Cultural Icons:
Timothy Leary, MD - LSD guru arrested after a small amount of marijuana was planted on him in 1968. He received a 10-year sentence but would escape and be re-captured in Afghanistan. He was in jail until 1976.
Source: High Times
Ken Kesey - Author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and chief Merry Prankster arrested twice for marijuana in 1966. He fled to Mexico, turned himself in, and spent 5 months in jail.
Source: High Times
Neal Cassady - Famous 'Beat' and road partner of Jack Kerouac arrested in 1958 after selling two joints to undercover agents.
Source: High Times
John Sinclair - Founder of White Panther Party and manager of rock band MC5 busted after being set up by undercover agents in 1967. He served two years of a ten year sentence for possessing two joints.
Source: High Times

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