It’s no great surprise that the majority of the music industry smokes the green. With more and more celebrities advocating the benefits of cannabis, we have therefore decided to take a look at some of the most famous musicians who smoke weed.
Five Famous Musicians Who Smoke Weed
5. Lady Gaga
Kicking off our list of big name musicians who smoke weed is Lady Gaga. The singer’s career has reached new heights following her riveting performance in A Star is Born, along with her provocative Oscars performance of the movie’s flagship song “Shallow.” Considering the talent she possesses, it should come as no surprise that she’s a self-admitted fan of the ganja. In a 60 Minutes segment, Gaga lauded the plants abilities to uncap her creativity.
“I drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke weed when I write,” Gaga said. I don’t do it a lot, because it’s not good for my voice. I don’t want to encourage kids to do drugs, but when you ask me about the sociology of fame and what artists do wrong; what artists do wrong is they lie… and I don’t lie. I’m not a liar.”
4. Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson might look like he could be your grandpa, but he is one of the oldest and boldest musicians who smoke weed of the past few decades. The country music star, author, poet, and actor, can also lend one more credit to his name—marijuana advocates. When it comes to musicians and weed, there are few that has made as big of an impact as Nelson. The musician is the co-chair on the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) advisory board, and has for years discussed the need for change when it comes to cannabis laws. Currently, marijuana remains a Schedule I narcotic—in the same boat as heroin, cocaine, and other life-threatening and addicting substances.
In Cheech & Chong’s “Almost Legal Book for Stoners”, Nelson made note of the main difference between cannabis and other drugs. You know, like actual drugs.
“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a flower. God put it here.”
Regardless of your own personal religious views, it’s hard to argue with Nelson on this one. Marijuana is as natural as any other crop that is grown from the ground.
3. B Real and Cypress Hill
Cypress Hill was a rap group ahead of its time, especially when it came to weed advocacy. With songs like “Legalize It”, “Smoke Weed”, “I Wanna Get High”, and “I Love You, Mary Jane”, the group did not shy away from publicly rapping about their love for the green stuff. And keep in mind, this was during a time period when talking about smoking weed in that sort of capacity was essentially taboo.
Of all the members of Cypress Hill, however, B Real has had the most significant impact in the legal field. While he was at-first lukewarm about the idea of getting into the burgeoning recreational marijuana scene in California, the rapper eventually caved. Back in August, the hip-hop artist/producer officially co-opened his first-ever dispensary. He named it “Dr. Greenthumb”, the same name of a track he produced back in 1998.
In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, B Real talked about the diverse new dispensary, and its place in today’s legal marijuana landscape.
“When we started out the brand, it was based on ‘OG Kush’ strains, because, at the time, that was the sought-out strain in Southern California,” B-Real said. “As the industry and culture evolves, exotic strains hit the market, and now there a new demand for those. We’ve been developing new strains for some time, to have the options people are looking for now.”
2. Wiz Khalifa
When it comes to new-age hip-hop artists, it’s hard to think of someone that raps about smoking up more than Wiz Khalifa. He is, by all intents and purposes, the very definition of a weed rapper. If he’s not rapping about weed, well, then, he’s just not rapping, period. He has his own strain—Khalifa Kush, a Sativa dominant strain, as well as his own line of rolling papers. Not only is he a stoner, but he’s also a marijuana advocate of sorts. He’s one of the more vocal celebrities when it comes to ending marijuana prohibition, and that’s not changing anytime soon. Well, that is until it is legal worldwide…
1. Snoop Dogg
Perhaps the most famous celebrity on our list of musicians who smoke weed is none other than the “Doggfather”, Snoop Dogg himself. Snoop Dogg has rapped about the pleasures of smoking weed long before it was legal in any capacity. He’s also managed to make a smooth transition from the illicit underground marijuana biz to the lucrative, fully-legal cannabis industry. Between his own lines of vaporizers, a strain named in his honor, and his venture capital firm, Casa Verde, which is heavily invested in the cannabis industry, Snoop Dogg has his hands in a bit of everything. And for good measure, he’s a weed chef, too.