By: Amber Blacharski

When people hear the word "Stoner," they typically think ofCheech and Chong, Half-Baked, How High?, and Pineapple Express-- movies that portray the lazy stoner stereotype. But are all marijuana consumers just lazy stoners? No! Despite the lazy stoner stereotype, there are many wildly successful stoners. For time's sake, we'll keep the list limited to four, but if you're interested, check outthe 40 most successful stoners of all timeblog from the Matador Network.

4 Wildly Successful Stoners

Bill Gates

Founder of Microsoft, the world's largest software business and one of the richest men in the world! Enough said. Bill Gatesbacked Marijuana legalizationin his state by voting "yes" on the 2012 referendum that legalized marijuana in Washington. Stephen Manes, author of Gates:How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry -- And Made Himself the Richest Man in America,wrote, "As for drugs -- well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice."

Michael Phelps

Only the most successful and most decorated Olympian athlete of all-time partakes! Michael Phelps took home 28 medals, 23 of which are gold. At the height of his swimming career, in 2009, while taking a break from training after he won eight gold medals, his marijuana consumption was revealed when a photo surfaced of him hitting a bong at a party. It turns out he took the "high" road anddidn't sue the guy who leaked the photo.

Stephen King

The iconic author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy novels, is known to take a hit or two. He wrote 62 novels, six non-fiction books, and approximately 200 short stores. In 1981, inan interview withHigh Times, he stated, "I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry." As you can see, he's had a long history of consuming and advocating for it.

Carl Sagan

You probably know Carl Sagan as the narrator of the award-winning 1980s TV seriesCosmos: A Personal Voyage. However, he's also an astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science popularizer who published over 600 scientific papers and articles. He authored, co-authored, and edited more than 20 books. Oh and, Carl Sagan wrotea profound essay on why cannabis consciousness is desperately needed in this mad and dangerous world.

The world's greatest and most successful entrepreneur, Olympic athlete, author, and scientist, all break the lazy stoner stereotype into a million pieces. It obviously goes without saying how many brilliant, disruptive artists and musicians have used cannabis to unleash their genius too. But you knew that, and it can take up its own post.

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