Snoop Dogg talks marijuana legalization at Tucson dispensary
Emily Gray Brosious
(Photo credit: Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times)
Snoop makes the dispensary rounds as he builds a legal marijuana empire.
Snoop Dogg stopped by a medical marijuana dispensary and talked legalization with Tucson patients before his concert Thursday, May 26, as reported by KVOA.
Snoop, who recently launched a new medical cannabis product line that he sells to dispensaries, took photos with excited fans at Purple Med Wellness Center. Then the rapper spoke briefly about his support for the measure to legalize recreational marijuana that will likely appear on Arizona ballots this November.
“I’m an advocate, so it’s hard to stay neutral. But at the same time I’m not from here,” Snoop Dogg said. “So I can only support it and hope that they understand that it’s necessary.”
If Arizona voters do pass marijuana legalization this fall, as many predict, it would be good news for advocates and entrepreneurs like Snoop, who see significant business opportunities in the changing legal landscape.
“It’s finally respected,” Snoop Dogg said. “Why not get some cake off of it, you know? They’ve been locking people up for years behind it. Some people are still in jail behind it. And then you see people making money off of it. So you gotta figure out what is the best way to make this thing actually become what it is. It’s saving lives. It’s medically proven.”
The initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona, backed by Marijuana Policy Project’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is well on its way to appearing on the ballot in Novemeber’s election.
The measure would regulate and tax retail marijuana sales for adult consumers in the state, and would permit adults to grow six plants at home and carry up to 1 ounce of cannabis in public.
Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia have already legalized recreational marijuana. Arizona is one of multiple states pushing to do the same in 2016.