Saturday, March 30, 2019
Students in my Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform seminar are continuing with in-class presentations and continuing to cover diverse subject matter in consistently impressive ways. The first of four presentations scheduled for this coming week will take a foray in to pop culture. Here is how my student has summarized her topic, along with the background readings she has provided for classmates (and the rest of us):
From the jazz musicians in the 40s, the Beat authors in the 50s, rock and roll in the 60s, and rap in the 80s to present, popular culture has slowly changed the public perception of recreational marijuana use and paved the way for legalization. My paper will focus on the influence of hip hop, gangsta rap, and Snoop Dogg on modern legalization efforts and cannabusiness. Dr. Dre’s 1992 album “The Chronic” launched Snoop Dogg’s career and is commonly regarded as not only the best rap album of all time but one of the best albums in any genre. After featuring heavily on “The Chronic,” Snoop Dogg sold over 30 million of his own albums world-wide (46.35% of Snoop’s songs are about marijuana), became a cultural icon inextricably associated with marijuana use, and launched a multitude of business ventures in the legal marijuana space.