Music and weed go hand in hand. A pair of headphones, an overflowing bowl, and a few hours worth of The Allman Brothers Band make for a perfect morning, afternoon, or evening.
Musicians know this. That’s why so many of them smoke up. But not every artist is made equal, so here’s a list of the best musician potheads of all time.
Ever since his early days with Dr. Dre and The Chronic, Snoop Dogg has served as the de facto celebrity spokesman for marijuana in America. God knows he uses the stuff: If his claims are to be believed, he has toked more than almost anyone else on the planet.
There are strains named after him. His raps make frequent mention of the “indo.” He brags that he once lit a joint in the White House, with the Secret Service a room away. Best of all, though, his music is the ideal soundtrack to a life spent loving weed.
Marijuana use is surprisingly common in the country music scene. Even Toby Keith has shared a J with Willie Nelson – and written a great song about it.
But nobody plays the role of country stoner quite like Willie. He’s been toking for decades, he’s notorious for using more of the strongest weed than anyone else in the business, and his music is probably better than anything else in country.
The greatest jazz troubadour of all time credited cannabis with saving his life, or at least keeping him away from booze. He was arrested, once, but managed to carry on with his favorite drug for the rest of his life.
Miles Davis, himself a heroin addict, famously accused Armstrong of selling out to please white audiences. Ironically, Davis, jazz’s No. 2, may have lived up to Armstrong’s legacy if he had gone with pot instead of smack.
No musician is more linked with marijuana in the popular mind than Bob Marley. The reggae genius viewed the drug as a sacrament and pushed for the religious right to use it in Jamaica.
Of course, the best thing about Marley is his music. He all but created modern reggae and infused it with a deep social conscience that has kept it relevant for decades. With an eye on the poor, a feeling for justice, and a love of his countrymen, Marley has long since become an icon of musical rebellion – and of marijuana.
Though usually associated more with hard drugs such as crack cocaine than with marijuana, Winehouse was also a frequent toker. Had she stuck to this as her drug of choice, she might still be alive.
But she was an addict, she used heroin, and that was what killed her. Thankfully, her tragic death left the world with some of the best popular music of the last quarter century. She may not be remembered for using marijuana, but she will always be a welcome member of the stoner world.