The legal marijuana movement is growing fast. And as it continues to gain positive traction, there’s been many musicians that have been far from shy about expressing their own support for the cause. From Snoop Dogg to Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley to Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger to Wiz Khalifa, Melissa Etheridge and beyond, respected musicians from everywhere are admitting to blazing up for medical and inspiration purposes. Amen to that.
“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction” – Bob Marley
It’s a movement that once was shunned upon, is now (almost) considered the norm. And it’s not just the stereotypical rappers that are blazing up either; there’s a list of musical spokespeople, political icons, credible sources and actors publicly declaring their love and support for the pro-pot movement and yet – the topic still remains such a controversial one. Which in the light of things, seems absolutely crazy.
There’s enough evidence to support that weed is actually a lot better for us than we realise. Whether it’s from a medical perspective for life threatening illnesses like cancer and crohn’s disease, for creatively inspired environments to stimulate work, or the fact that recent findings show it’s less harmful than alcohol and tobacco…Whatever the reason, more countries have started to legalise the herb for a reason. And a positive one at that.
“I think that people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a flower, god put it here” – Willie Nelson
With the recreational use of marijuana now legal in various cities around the US, and Jamaica supporting the medical marijuana use, it’s becoming clearer to society that weed should just be treated like alcohol. Every day, millions of people smoke pot both recreationally and responsibly so in this sense – marijuana is absolutely no different to beer, wine and spirits. Regardless of whether you view pot as a ‘drug’ or not, responsible ‘drug’ use is not a myth – but a lived reality for many successful people.
So roll a doobie, light it up and meet the musos who support it.
1. Bob Marley
When it comes to smoking weed and being a positive reinforcement for the cause, Bob Marley is a no brainer. But in my eyes, his influence on the movement is by far the most effective and the most influential. Hailed as the most powerful figure in 20th century music and worshiped by millions as a Rastafarian legend and music icon, Bob Marley created songs with a lyrical message of rare power that was fuelled by the artistic use of marijuana.
To Marley – and the rest of the Rastafarian culture he was part of – the use of ‘ganja’ is a holy sacrament. According to their religion, marijuana isn’t actually used recreationally. Instead, it’s reserved for religious and medicinal purposes. It’s there to aid meditation to help the user achieve a greater insight into the universe around them and who they are as a person – doesn’t sound all that terrible, does it?
2. Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion)
Renowned rapper Snoop Dogg smokes pot because it “makes him feel the way he needs to feel”. In my own words – it makes him feel fuckin’ good. As the lyrical gangsta that is he, I’d imagine that it would take a lot of creative inspiration to do what he does. And whilst you can source music inspiration from almost anything, it’s definitely not unusual for artists to smoke pot as a way to get those creative juices flowing more freely, away from a wall of self-consciousness and doubt. It’s a short circuit way to one’s creative output.
But just in case his fuelled inspiration isn’t enough, Snoop Dogg announced a public name change to Snoop Lion back in 2012. In his support of the Rastafarian culture and pro-pot movement, Snoop converted to the religion after a 3 week trip to Jamaica to make music and explore a fascinating culture. To top it off, he’s also one of several investors helping to fund a California based startup delivering medical marijuana straight to your door, along with Steve Wonder. Great work, guys!
3. Wiz Khalifa
Whilst his quote “definitely legalise it. Please, everybody needs it. The world would be a better place” may not persuade everybody, Khalifa’s love for weed is far from a secret. Putting the dope in dopamine, his support for the good green shit stems yet again from that musically creative approach and the fact that it just, well – it makes him feel great.
With educational classes on YouTube teaching the art of ‘rolling papers”, Khalifa has also just launched his very own paper pack – The Whiz Pack. Classic.
4. John Legend
Another music icon that’s far from shy about expressing his support for the herb, John Legend smokes weed – and wants to legalise it. And let’s be honest here, Legend is the perfect example of how a smart guy with well articulated arguments about the benefits of weed can smoke it regularly and still know what they’re talking about.
But his support for marijuana legalisation isn’t just about his personal use. His attitude towards the drug war as a whole, and the political benefits of weed sparks a lot of interest. And it makes sense. See the quote below!
5. Bethany Cosentino
Lead singer of American rock duo Best Coast, Beth Cosentino doesn’t like to be stoned whilst she’s playing music, but admits that the creative inspiration behind can certainly add to the writing process. And whilst she doesn’t need to be high to write well, in fact sometimes it’s quite the opposite, it can provide her with the perfect wind down time – those “lazy” moments we all deserve.
6. Carlos Santana
This rock guitar god Carlos Santana isn’t just passionate abut guitar playing, he’s also devoted to the idea of ending war and legalising the use of marijuana. Since jamming with the Bay Area Hippies in the 60’s, Santana’s ideologies have certainly boosted in the department (and his smoking of the herb, too). Impressively too, the music icon has kept firm to his beliefs since then.
7. Melissa Etheridge
As a breast cancer survivor and rock star celebrity, Melissa Etheridge is an advocate for medical marijuana. Publicly using during her chemotherapy treatments, she’s continued using pot long after to help deal with the ongoing side affects of her cancer.
After pushing for approval of medical marijuana in the NY, Etheridge has centered her pro-pot argument around her firsthand knowledge of its positive effect. She also admits that her use of marijuana eases her depression, regulates her sleep and improves her Game of Thrones experience. No arguments there!
8. Jack Black
Famous for his witty humour and musical madness, Jack Black is both a comedian and a musician – two industries notorious for weed smoking. Between writing hilarious pot-related songs and taking a few tokes for his own creative inspiration though, Black is actually on the advisory board for the Marijuana Policy Project. Thus, it’s pretty safe to say he’s behind the whole ‘let’s legalise the shit outta weed’ statement.
An inspiration to all potheads around the world (and no doubt the public in general, too) Black is walking proof that weed smoking can be a ticket into a whole new world of creativity and adventure.
9. Alanis Morissette
Among other artists to use marijuana for creative purposes, Alanis Morissette’s weed smoking is the core of her imagination. In her famous 2009 interview with High Times, Morissette acknowledges that as an artist “there’s a sweet, jump-starting quality to it” for her, revealing a much more real and open version of herself.
“If I ever need some clarity or a quantum leap in terms of writing something it’s a quick way for me to get there”. Perhaps those studies between music and marijuana are actually true…
10. Paul McCartney
Truly getting into the 60’s vibe having been introduced to the herb back in 1964 by Bob Dylan, Beatles icon Paul McCartney was reportedly the first in his band to smoke weed. As one of the most successful songwriters of all time, McCartney is definitely one that shatters all pot-related stereotypes.
For those that need a little more convincing that marijuana use can actually be positive, McCartney did create one of the richest, most renowned music legacies of all time – all whilst smoking weed. Need I say more?
Who’s your favourite muso that blazes up?