A positive influencer or bad representation for positive cannabis use and legalisation?
There are many celebrities who are happy to be ambassadors of cannabis and are openly proud of their use; both recreational and medicinal.
George Clooney, Rihanna, Seth Rogan, Justin Timberlake, Matthew McConaughey and George Clooney are just a small handful of successful and respected celebrities who are happy to be cannabis pioneers.
Possibly of all the famous ambassadors, Snoop Doggy Dogg is most famous for his use of marijuana.
Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jnr, known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is one of America’s most successful musical artists of all time and has sold over 23 million albums in the US and 35 million albums worldwide.
Some of his most well known songs include Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang, Gin and Juice and Drop It Like It’s Hot. He has also tried his hand at acting and starred in several movies most notably Training Day and Starsky and Hutch.
Since the start of his career (almost 30 years ago!), Snoop has been a proud and avid cannabis smoker. Claiming to smoke up to 80 blunts a day, marijuana has become one of the trademarks of his image. This clearly comes with problems; he has been arrested several times for the possession of marijuana as well as a number of other legal convictions over the years.
It is for this reason many may consider Snoop Dogg to be the wrong face as an ambassador for positive cannabis use.
Some believe his associations with marijuana appear to be negative and at times, illegal. In fact, a result of his heavy use is that he has been on the wrong side of the law across multiple continents!
In June 2012 Snoop was charged for carrying 8 grams of marijuana while trying to enter Norway, and subsequently was banned from entering the country for two years. He was also previously arrested in Texas after border agents found marijuana on his tour bus. Snoop was also banned from the UK in 2006 when he and his entourage caused a scene at Heathrow Airport when British Airways stopped his crew from entering a first class lounge and they reacted by vandalising a duty free shop .
AS ADVOCATES OF THE LEGALISATION OF MARIJUANA WORLDWIDE, IS THIS AN IMAGE WE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH BEING CONNECTED WITH?
On a positive note, Snoop Dogg has been able to successfully capitalise on the legalisation of marijuana in a number of US states and Canada, and has built a very successful business around this including his own herb vaporizers and range of CBD Vape Oils.
Leafs by Snoop (www.leafsbysnoop.com) was launched in November 2015 and is Snoop’s very own brand of cannabis products. The Colorado-based company stocks a range of cannabis flowers, edibles and concentrates and makes Snoop the first celebrity to front a line of personally branded marijuana products. LBS was an instant success, with items from the line being available in more than 100 retail stores. Pretty impressive!
What are your thoughts?
Do you take issue with Snoop Dogg being one of the key public faces for the promotion of marijuana use or do you consider him to be a role model and a great example of positive cannabis legislation?