TUCSON – Snoop Dogg visited a Tucson marijuana dispensary and talked about legalization before his concert Thursday.
The rapper took photos with fans at Purple Med Wellness Center. He has launched new products he is selling to dispensaries.
“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.”
Arizona voters will likely decide recreational marijuana legalization in the fall.
“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.”
Seth Leibsohn is the Chairman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the largest group organized against marijuana legalization. He said today’s plants are much more potent than in the 1960s.
“You have increasing numbers of children going to the hospital because they cannot distinguish between normal cookies and marijuana cookies, normal lollipops and marijuana lollipops,” Leibsohn said.
AAA recently released a report about fatal traffic crashes after Washington legalized the drug. The report shows the percentage of fatalities involving drivers who had used marijuana doubled after legalization.
“It’s not a choice between alcohol and marijuana,” Leibsohn said. “It's all the problems we have with alcohol and now adding marijuana.”