There are no ‘official’ guidelines on how to gain a spot in the ‘stoner Hall of Fame’. But if there were, I’d imagine this would be an easy way to snatch top-dog status—pun very much intended.
Rapper and marijuana enthusiast, Snoop Dogg, continues to amaze—and shock—fans with his longest-standing relationship with weed. Although it was recently revealed that none other than country music legend Willie Nelson, 89, can outsmoke the rapper, Snoop doesn’t appear to be letting go of his title as ‘Doggfather’ anytime soon.
In a 2008 interview with Esquire, the West Coast rapper let it slip that the first time he ever got high was in the 1970s with his uncle—when he was only eight years old. Snoop spoke fondly of weed, philosophically stating: “It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”
The icon went on to explain the circumstances of his first toke, “They had these little roaches on the table—these part-way-smoked marijuana cigarettes—and there was some Schlitz Malt Liquor Bull. I went in there and sipped the Schlitz, and my uncle asked me, did I wanna hit that roach? And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He put it on the roach clip for me and lit it up, and I hit that motherf*cker.”
After the initial shock and subsequent desire to retrospectively dial-up Child Protective Services, most fans came to the realisation that, for Snoop, cannabis has always been a healing and positive element in his life.
In 2020, the rapper took part in #FlowTalks, a discussion panel hosted by Flow Kana—a sustainable family-run Californian cannabis brand. During the talk, Snoop spoke about how “cannabis connects people, never have I had a bad conversation while smoking some Chronic with somebody.”
“I was a supporter of it as a youngster, It was a cool way of feeling good. Cannabis was the choice for me, and when I was making my music, it was making my music more mellow and making me more mellow,” the Doggystyle musician continued.
In 2019, Snoop and fellow smoking compadre Seth Rogan spoke on The Howard Stern Show about their top tips for first-timers. While Rogan recommended newbies start with one hit, Snoop chimed in with “I’d say a half of one.” The rapper went on to joke, “I got a lot of people saying ‘Hey my dream is to smoke with you’ and bang [Snoop imitates passing out] he dying!”
Marijuana possession has been a topic of contention within the US for some time now, and with President Biden officially granting the country a mass marijuana possession pardon, perhaps we’ll soon see Snoop become Biden’s official cannabis consult.