40. Shawn Kemp
The basketball player was arrested in 2005 for having cocaine and 60 grams of marijuana and was arrested again in 2006 for marijuana possession.
39. Lil Kim
The rapper known for her outfits, or lack of outfits really, was arrested for marijuana possession after a raid at Notorious B.I.G.’s house in 1996. She also went to jail in 2005 for perjury charges. Hopefully she’s now found a stylist that buys the WHOLE outfit and not just part of it.
38. Suge Knight
The former CEO of Death Row Records has had many run-ins with the police which has resulted in multiple prison sentences. Most of the charges were related to violence like the one where he was caught on camera in Las Vegas fighting a guy who supposedly went on to shoot and kill Tupac Shakur. Because it was a probation violation, Knight was sentenced to 9 years in prison. He went back to jail for violence in 2002 and 2003. In 2005, he was pulled over for making an illegal u-turn and was found in possession of marijuana. He was released shortly thereafter.
37. Queen Latifah
1996-arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a loaded hand gun. The result was a fine and two year’s probabtion.
36. Timothy Leary
The psychologist big into the use of LSD was arrested in 1965 for possession of marijuana when trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. His daughter was actually carrying the stuff but Leary took responsibility for it. Under the Marihuana Tax Act( I have no idea why we went from spelling it with an “h” to a “j”), Leary was sentenced to 30 years in prison, given a $30,000 fine and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment. (I wonder if he could have requested a colleague since he worked in the field.) He appealed the case stating the act was unconstitutional and in violation of his Fifth Amendment rights. In 1968, he was arrested again for possession of two marijuana roaches which he claims were planted on him by the arresting officer. The Marihuana Tax Act was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1969 which overturned his 1965 conviction. In 1970, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 1968 offense and was given a psychological evaluation when he got there. Having designed most of the tests himself, he answered them in a way that would make him seem conforming and conventional with an interest in forestry and gardening. He escaped from prison in 1970 and was on the run until 1973 when he was arrested in Afghanistan when deplaning. He tried to get political asylum from the UK but that didn’t happen and he was held on $5 million bail, the highest amount in U.S. history to that point. He was placed in solitary confinement in Folsom Prison and looking at 95 years there but was released by Governor Jerry Brown in 1976.
35. John Lennon
1968- arrested with his wife Yoko Ono for marijuana possession. The charge nearly cost him the right to live in the U.S.
34. Jeremy London
This guy was on “7th Heaven” and also in “Mallrats” and was arrested in 2004 for vandalism, marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. On the DVD commentary for “Mallrats,” London admits to being under the influence of marijuana throughout the filming.
33. Method Man
2007- When pulled over for a traffic stop, smoke poured out of his rolled down window. He had two blunts and a bag of marijuana in plain sight, which he later tried to make up for by doing several public service announcements. Must be nice. I’m pretty very few “regular” folk could get away with doing public service announcements to make up for having marijuana. It should be on the list though I think. Would you like a fine, jail time, community service or a starring role in a public service announcement?
32. Bob Marley
Man, I was surprised when I saw his name on the list. No, not really. Although he did only get arrested once in 1977 for marijuana possession so he must have hid it in his drugs after that.
31. Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney’s missus was arrested in 1975 for marijuana possession but charges were later dropped. In 1984, her and Paul were arrested in Barbados for having marijuana and were fined $100 each. They flew to the Heathrow Airport and she was arrested again for possession. She later said that hard drugs were disgusting but marijuana is “pretty lightweight.”
30. Paul McCartney
1980- Arrested going through customs in Japan when 7.7 ounces of marijuana was found in his luggage. He had previously been denied a visa to the country after two convictions of drug possession in Europe and if he had been tried and convicted, he would have spent 7 years in prison. He was released and deported after 10 days in jail and told he wouldn’t be welcome in the country again. He played a concert there 10 years later so I guess they changed their minds.
29. Matthew McConaughey
1999- Police responded to a noise complaint at 2:30am and found McConaughey naked and playing the bongos. They also found marijuana but charges were later dropped. He was charged $50 for the noise violation though.
28. George Michael
February 2006- arrested for marijuana possession and was cautioned by the police before being released. October 2006- arrested when found semi-conscious in his car and in the possession of marijuana. He was released on bail and pled guilty to driving under the influence of drugs. He was banned from driving for two years and had to do community service.
27. Katie Morgan
The porn star initially entered the porn industury as a way to pay off her sizable bail and plea bargain. She was arrested in 2000 for transporting over 100 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into the United States. Um…that’s pretty serious to bring your body weight in an illegal substance into another county. I wonder if porn directors go looking for hot chicks in trouble like lawyers chase ambulances. This is my favorite from her list of movies: “Whore of the Rings 2.” Those porn film names are so hilarious!
26. Randy Moss
2002-At a traffic stop, a small amount of marijuana was found and he bumped the officer with his car knocking her over. Not exactly sure what he was trying to accomplish there. He pled guilty and had to pay a $1,200 fine and perform 40 hours of community service.
25. Bill Murray
1970- While he was attending Regis University, he dropped out after being arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for trying to smuggle nearly 9 pounds of marijuana.
1998-Felony weapons charge and a misdemeanor drug possession charge. Real fun came in 2004 when he was sentenced to six years in prison after entering a guilty plea for forcing his hairstylist to perform sex acts. He also admitted to extortion. I guess the only question that comes to my mind is is it really necessary for him to have a hairstylist?
23. Willie Nelson
2006-Arrested and released for 1.5 pounds of pot and a bag of mushrooms found at a traffic stop. He entered a guilty plea and was fined $1,024 and placed on probation for six months. The long-haired crooner has always been outspoken in his stance for the legalization of marijuana.
22. Iggy Pop
The singer for “The Stooges” was arrested in 1976 for marijuana possession.
21. Richard Ramirez
The creepy looking serial killer(I guess he got into the right line of work with his appearance) was arrested twice while in high school for drug possession. He was arrested for possession several time because of his habitual pot-smoking and also a misdemeanor theft charge. But then he went on to bigger and better things. Like killing lots of people. He was nicknamed the “Night Stalker” for killing people at night in California during the 80s. He was found guilty of 13 counts of murder, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. He is currently chilling on death row.