Indian Celebrities Advocating for Cannabis and Hemp Legalization

Indian celebrities on cannabis legalization

In today’s world, celebrities wield significant influence, often driving major social changes. While Western celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen, and Willie Nelson openly support cannabis legalization, it’s more challenging for Indian celebrities to voice such opinions. However, some brave Bollywood stars have dared to speak out in favor of normalizing a substance deeply rooted in Indian culture.

Uday Chopra

Uday Chopra recently stirred a conversation on social media by stating:

“I think India should legalize cannabis. First of all, because it is part of our culture. Secondly, because marijuana, once it is legal and pays its taxes, could become an important source of income. In addition, prisons would have fewer inmates. And most importantly: cannabis has great medicinal properties.”

Despite facing backlash and a witty retort from the Mumbai Police, Chopra remains one of Bollywood’s few vocal supporters of cannabis legalization.

Richa Chadha

Richa Chadha emphasizes the traditional significance of cannabis, noting its inclusion in Ayurveda and its sacred status:

“Cannabis is one of the 5 sacred plants mentioned in the Atharvaveda. Bhang is considered Bholanath ka prasad, is even legal on Mahashivratri and Holi! There are several references to weed in our texts. In fact, the name ‘Indica’ literally means ‘from India’.”

Chadha calls for informed discourse on cannabis, highlighting its medicinal benefits and cultural heritage.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

Known for his role in “Gangs of Wasseypur,” Nawazuddin Siddiqui candidly discusses his cannabis use in interviews, making no secret of his preference for high-quality cannabis and subtly endorsing its legalization.

Abhay Deol

Abhay Deol advocates for hemp’s environmental and health benefits. On World Health Day 2019, he shared:

“Today is world health day. I would like to bring your attention to a much-maligned plant, Hemp. Faster to grow and stronger than cotton requires much less water. Environmentally friendly, a good source of protein and essential fatty acids, we must introspect as to why it is banned in most parts of the world. It’s time to put the planet over profits. Historically it has helped build our culture, let’s go back to sustainable living!”

Deol’s posts reflect his commitment to sustainable living and the environmental advantages of hemp.

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt’s history with cannabis is well-known. Although he doesn’t frequently discuss it publicly, his support for legalization is implied through his lifestyle and past statements.

Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor, who portrayed a drug user in “Rockstar,” has openly talked about his past cannabis use to enhance his performance. His candidness about cannabis use highlights its role in his creative process.

Baba Ramdev

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, founder of Patanjali, has spoken about the medicinal uses of cannabis:

“Marijuana has been used for medicinal purposes and must be legalized. In Ayurvedic medicine, since ancient times, different parts of cannabis have been used for medicinal purposes. We should reflect on the benefits and positive uses of the cannabis plant.”

Ramdev’s endorsement bridges the gap between traditional medicine and modern advocacy.

Other Influencers

Comedians like Biswa Kalyan Rath, Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhatt, and Kenny Sebastian, along with musicians like Honey Singh, have also shown their support. Their openness about cannabis use further normalizes the conversation within Indian society.


Not all these celebrities use cannabis, but each one has endorsed its legalization, contributing to a cultural shift towards acceptance of cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes. Legalizing cannabis could address multiple issues, from healthcare to economic growth. Join the Indian hemp revolution and explore more on

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