Snoop Dogg is as synonymous with weed as he is Hip-Hop. The hit making rapper has built his career around his stoner brand and has been the face of cannabis for over 3 decades. As one of the leading mainstream figures tied to marijuana, Snoop has spoken out in favor of his favorite pass time several times over the years. He has remained a voice at the forefront of weed decriminalization, and recently made some comments on how weed legalization should have a “Minority Clause”.
The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was responsible for making the possession and transfer of marijuana illegal throughout the United States under federal law. After almost 80 years, the use, sale and possession of all forms of THC (the active chemical in marijuana) remains illegal under federal law in several states. However many have begun making it legal. Savvy business people rushed to cash in on the booming new market, with many middle and upper class white people become millionaires for the same drug that put many black men behind bars.
Snoop Dogg was one of the key figures responsible for influencing millions to except and use marijuana. He raps about it, features it in his videos and movies. He has also made money from it too. In 2015 he launched Leafs by Snoop and launched media company Merry Jane.
Recently speaking on the rapidly decriminalizing of weed and how white people are cashing in, Snoop had this to say while on a panel at the Revolt Summit in Los Angeles. “I think there should be some sort of minority clause, the way that they do in sports with the NBA and the NFL, where they make certain rules where the minority has to get the first dibs.” He continued “Like, you gotta be somebody of color or somebody from that community to get first in action and then the rest of you motherf—ers with money get action. Because it shouldn’t be based on no money.”
Complex magazine reported that Dr. Lakisha Jenkins, founding board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, spoke with Complex about this exact thing during a 2017 panel on the white-dominated industry. According to them “Jenkins and others made clear, this is an industry that’s forever indebted to the very people who so often took the brunt of its pre-mainstream legality and penalization problems.”