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The Nobel Committee recently made waves by awarding its lauded Nobel Prize for literature to Bob Dylan, and while we agree that the man who turned the Beatles on to pot is a lyrical genius, he’s not on this list.
Why? Because we decided to look past all of the successful musicians and actors who like to indulge to find the absolute smartest stoners who’ve ever walked the planet—we’re talking scientists, doctors and CEOs.
8Stephen Jay Gould
Named a “Living Legend” by the U.S. Library of Congress in 2000, Stephen Ray Gould was a paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science credited with bringing evolution to a national audience, becoming heavily involved in pop culture through the ’80s and ’90s. Gould began smoking marijuana after being diagnosed with incurable abdominal mesothelioma; with a diagnosis of eight months left to live, he made it another 20 years and became a big advocate of medical marijuana and ending the global drug war.