Pop Culture's Influence on Recreational Marijuana Use & Legislation: A Case Study on Snoop Dogg

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 507

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, No. 14, October 2019

12 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2019

Date Written: October 7, 2019

Abstract

Marijuana has taken a long journey through the court of public opinion; from condemned fringe use in minority communities and by jazz musicians through the 20s and 40s, to its heyday in the 60s and 70s era of Woodstock and Bob Dylan, only to be villainized again in the 80s and 90s. Today, the public perception of marijuana is dawning a new era of acceptance, in no small part thanks to its normalization in rap music and white America’s embrace of men like Calvin Broadus, also known as Snoop Doggy Dogg. Modern popular culture has slowly changed the public perception of recreational marijuana use and paved the way for legalization. Social scientists have been able to link the lyrics in popular music to the attitudes in popular opinion, and this paper will focus on the influence of hip hop, gangsta rap, the cult of celebrity, and Snoop Dogg himself on modern legalization efforts and cannabusiness.

Keywords: Snoop Dogg, rap, stoner rap, pop culture, marijuana, legalization, music, cannabis, celebrity

Suggested Citation

Graves, Abby, Pop Culture's Influence on Recreational Marijuana Use & Legislation: A Case Study on Snoop Dogg (October 7, 2019). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 507. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3465655 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3465655

Abby Graves (Contact Author)

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