Wiz Khalifa moves on from drug possession charges while friend Snoop Dogg faces his own
A little over a year has passed since popular rapper Wiz Khalifa caught media attention for his overnight stay in jail due to illegal possession of marijuana. Caught and subsequently arrested after a show at East Carolina University, it’s no secret that Khalifa proudly promotes his frequent use of the drug in his work. However, it appears that the arrest was unsuccessful in doing anything to effect his public opinions surrounding marijuana use, and he recently stated on the radio alongside rapper Snoop Dogg that “They legalized alcohol, they legalized tobacco. What is it going to hurt to legalize this medicinal, medical marijuana that’s used for purposes of cataracts, migraines, cancer.” In March 2011, his album “Rolling Papers” was released, reinforcing this pro-marijuana stance. Coming this month his anticipated film “Mac and Devin Go to High School”, a movie with Snoop Dogg that plays off their love of the leaf.
In September 2011, it appears charges against Khalifa were dropped. According to WITN.com, the drugs in the rapper’s possession were not sufficient amounts to merit the drug trafficking charges against him, good news for Khalifa fans. Recently, the only newsworthy event in the celebrity’s personal life has been an accusation from Max Gregory Warren in January that hit song “Black and Yellow” was a rip off of his original song, “Pink N Yellow”. Covered by TMZ, it appears that Khalifa is taking the accusations lightly and had no previous knowledge of Warren’s work.
Now it’s his close friend, Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus) who has taken the most recent hit in the name of legalization. The rapper is well known for his marijuana use, recently stating on the radio that if given the chance to meet with President Obama, who opposes legalization, “Before I even said hi to President Obama I would change the aroma of the room…And then we could start conversing after we had that aroma change.” On January 7th, reports state that U.S. border patrol arrested Khalifa’s friend in Texas for illegal possession. It was revealed later that month that he would be made to pay a small fine (around $500) that will barely make a dent in his wealth.
So will these arrests derail either of the rappers from continuing to use marijuana openly? Will they continue to pressure politicians to join the pro-smoke side and legalize? If the past is any indication, it would appear neither has plans to quit or quiet down any time soon, though it’s highly doubtful that Snoop Dogg will have any success in his desire to light up with the president. Maybe he’ll have better luck with potential GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Photos by LianaAn and thecomeupshow via flickr.