Tanya Roberts (1/4)
Cloris Leachman (1/26)
Cicely Tyson (1/28)
Tyson shone in Sounder (1972) and Roots (1977), played Harriet Tubman in A Woman Called Moses (1978), won an Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), took a Tony for the 2013 Broadway production A Trip to Bountiful, and was wonderful in The Help (2011, pictured). She was recognized with a Kennedy Center honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an honorary Oscar. Raised in the Baptist church, she was unable to distinguish between her husband Miles Davis's marijuana use vs. hard drugs. Her death came two days after she published her own autobiography, Just As I Am, and just after it was announced that the Biden/Harris administration would be fast-tracking the Tubman $20. I guess at the age of 96 her work was done.
Anne Feeney (2/3)
Songwriter and activist Feeney's song "Have You Been to Jail for Justice?" was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary and she performed with Pete Seeger, Loretta Lynn, John Prine, and the Indigo Girls. She served on the executive board of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization for Women and co-founded Pittsburgh Action Against Rape. She died of COVID-related pneumonia at age 69.
Christopher Plummer (2/5)
Wilson's 1986 memoir, Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme describes meeting the Beatles in New York in 1965 and, "The first thing I noticed was that the room reeked of marijuana smoke." The Supremes had an R&B #1 hit in 1970 with “Stoned Love,” featuring lead singer Jean Terrell (Mary's in the middle in this video).
Larry Flynt (2/10)
Publisher and first amendment fighter Flynt drew controversy everywhere, including when he put a woman in a meat grinder on the cover of Hustler after criticism the magazine treated women like pieces of meat. The 1996 movie The People vs. Larry Flynt starred Woody Harrelson and Courtney Love. (This provocative poster for it appeared only in Europe.)
Mary Jeanne Kreek (3/27)
A neurobiologist specializing in reserarch into the biology of drug and alcohol addiction, Kreek developed the first laboratory techniques for measuring methadone and similar drugs in blood and tissues in the early 1970s. She was also involved in developing buprenorphine for heroin addiction, and was critical of the tight regulation of both methodone and buprenorphine in the US.
Jean Langenheim (3/28)
A plant ecologist and ethnobotanist, Langenheim was the first female faculty member in the natural sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz and became Chair of UCSC's biology department in 1973. Her early research helped determine the plant origins of amber and her book Plant Resins: Chemistry, Evolution, Ecology, and Ethnobotany, won the 2004 Mary W. Klinger Book Award from the Society for Economic Botany.
Anne Beatts (4/7)
Steve Fox (4/13)
Fox was one of the first political professionals to enter the marijuana advocacy space, as a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project. He was a key organizer in Colorado's breakthrough measure legalizing marijuana in 2012, co-authored the book, "Marijuana is SAFER: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?" and played leading roles establishing the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Cannabis Trade Federation, and the U.S. Cannabis Council. Visit a GoFundMe page for Steve's family.
B.J. Thomas (5/29)
Norm Macdonald (9/14)
Macdonald wrote for Roseanne before landing a gig on Saturday Night Live, where he kept us informed on marijuana news as the host of "Weekend Update" from 1994-97. At the 1997 White House Correspondent's Dinner he joked to an injured President Clinton regarding medical marijuana, "You must inhale, sir, it's the only way you're gonna get better." Fired from NBC after refusing to stop calling OJ Simpson a murderer, Macdonald secretly fought cancer for nine years before dying at age 61.
Ruth C. Sullivan (9/16)
In 1965 Sullivan co-founded the Autism Society of America and was its first elected president; she lobbied for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA), which guaranteed a public education to all children in the United States. Sullivan assisted in the production of the 1988 movie Rain Man and Dustin Hoffman worked with Sullivan and her son Joseph, who has autism, when practicing for his role. Hoffman thanked Ruth and Joseph in his Oscar speech.
Freedman was a pioneering American-Israeli activist for peace, women's rights, and gay rights. As an MK in 1976, Freedman initiated the first-ever Knesset discussion of violence against women, which met with dismissive male colleagues who viewed the topic as humorous. Freedman co-founded the first battered women's shelter and after her return to the US in 1981, lived in Berkeley, California, where she worked with Israeli-Palestinian and American women’s peace groups.