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Michael Phelps In Good Company

03/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Packaged goods giant Kellogg announced today that it would not renew its sponsorship contract with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps as consequence of his being photographed smoking marijuana. It's a strong statement by the company, particularly in historical context: According to an October 2002 Time/CNN poll, 47% of Americans have smoked marijuana. And users and advocates of the plant reportedly* have included the following, several of whom are admired by Kellogg's customers:

...and, according to an anonymous source, at least one other star athlete.

*sources/citations in hyperlinks; **As the links note, there is debate as to the precise nature of the early presidents' usage