Remember When Being Busted for Pot Was a Big Deal?

There was a time when a post bust was a serious blow to a celebrity’s image.  Now we don’t even notice, do we? From USA Today:

The toke torch is being passed in Tinseltown.

It used to be that Hollywood potheads were grizzled and off-the-mainstream grid — think Cheech & Chong and Willie Nelson. Then edgy rappers like Snoop Dogg and Cypress Hill became the famous faces of marijuana, with a couple of mischievous Texans thrown in: Woody Harrelson and a naked-and-bong-playing Matthew McConaughey.

Today’s stars caught with cannabis? Meet the mostly twentysomething toke turks: They’re the antithesis of counterculture, including heartthrobs like Justin Bieber, Chace Crawford, Michael Phelps and Armie Hammer. And then there’s Rihanna, who readily flaunts her affection for the illegal flora, posting pictures of her Valentine’s present (a bouquet of weed), 25th birthday cake (adorned with a gilded marijuana leaf) and Christmastime tush tattoo (yep, another leaf of weed).

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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