President Barack Obama said in a 2014 interview with the New Yorker: “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” (Andrew Harnik, Associated Press)

Guess who made the list? The top 50 most influential marijuana consumers

Notable names ranked by advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project include President Barack Obama, LeBron James, Bill Gates, Rihanna and ... Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper?

One of the largest marijuana advocacy organizations in the United States released a list Wednesday that ranks who it thinks are the most successful and influential Americans to ever ingest cannabis — and some of the names on the list might just surprise you.

“About one out of every two Americans has used marijuana, including a whole lot of very successful people,” said Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project. “There are a lot more out there that we don’t know about because it is illegal. Marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol. Adults who use it responsibly should not have to choose between keeping it a secret or admitting to a crime.”

According to the MPP, the list of currently living notable cannabis consumers is meant to “identify individuals who have used marijuana and achieved high levels of success or influence.” To qualify for the list, they must be a U.S. citizen and have ingested cannabis at least once in their life. They don’t necessarily support marijuana law reform.

“In addition to potentially becoming our next president, these marijuana consumers are playing a major role in the national political dialogue,” said Tvert. “Win or lose, they are guiding the debate and influencing the positions of others both within and outside of their parties.”

And so, the Marijuana Policy Project’s Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Consumers:

1. Barack Obama

2. 2016 Presidential Hopefuls

3. Oprah Winfrey

4. Bill Clinton

5. John Kerry

6. Stephen Colbert

7. Clarence Thomas

8. Katy Perry

9. LeBron James

10. Jay Z

11. Bill Gates

12. George Soros

13. Jon Stewart

14. Bill Maher

15. Rush Limbaugh

16. Andrew Cuomo

17. Sanjay Gupta

18. George W. Bush

19. Seth MacFarlane

20. George Clooney

21. Lady Gaga

22. Ted Turner

23. Brad Pitt

24. Rihanna

25. Whoopi Goldberg

Morgan Freeman, and a lemur. (Richard Shotwell, Invision/AP)
Morgan Freeman, and a lemur. (Richard Shotwell, Invision/AP)

26. Morgan Freeman

27. Angelina Jolie

28. Conan O’Brien

29. Martha Stewart

30. Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO)

31. Gov. Charlie Baker (MA)

32. Tom Brokaw

33. Michael Bloomberg

34. Justin Timberlake

35. Aaron Sorkin

36. Glenn Beck

37. Al Gore

38. Matt Damon

39. Susan Sarandon

40. Madonna

41. Robert Downey Jr.

42. Phil Jackson

43. Rick Steves

44. Jennifer Lawrence

Miley Cyrus fashion debut: "Dirty Hippie" beady, weedy, trippy
Two notable marijuana consumers in this group: From left, designer Jeremy Scott, Miley Cyrus, Jerzey Dean and Whoopi Goldberg hang out baskstage at Milk Studios in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Dean is Goldberg’s granddaughter. (Chelsea Lauren, Getty Images)

45. Miley Cyrus

46. Jennifer Aniston

47. Matthew McConaughey

48. Snoop Dogg

49. Hugh Hefner

50. Maureen Dowd

Wait, Willie Nelson’s not on the list? We tip our hat to the fearless cannabis advocate