WRIF Cannabis Guide

Rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) caught mid guitar-break during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Cannabis and music have a long relationship together. Far before it was legal in the U.S., famous musicians have been vocal about their appreciation for the green stuff and, in some cases, even advocated for legalization. Read on for 10 famous musicians known for their love for cannabis.

  • Bob Marley

    Of course Bob Marley has to go on this list. Bob Marley began using cannabis when he started practicing the Rastafarian religion and never looked back. His music and imagery are often associated with the cannabis world.

    Bob Marley Performs On Stage

    Jamaican reggae musician Bob Marley (1945 – 1981) performs on stage, a microphone in his hand, late 1970s. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

  • Carlos Santana

    Carlos Santana isn’t just known for his incredible guitar playing- he’s also known for his love for marijuana. In an interview with High Times, he stated of the plant, “It’s a gift from heaven to human consciousness for healing and for awakening—and to stay awake from the nightmare of separation. I would say it’s the key factor to help humans use divine reason.”

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  • Cypress Hill

    The members of Cypress Hill proudly share with the world their love for pot. Just look at some of their classic songs, such as “Stoned Is the Way of the Walk,” “Dr. Greenthumb” and “Hits from the Bong,” and it’s obvious these guys are serious about their cannabis.

    Concerts In Your Car's Cypress Hill's Drive-In Concert

    VENTURA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Sen Dog of Cypress Hill performs during the ‘Concerts in Your Car’s’ drive-In concert at Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center on September 25, 2020 in Ventura, California. Due to ongoing coronavirus social distance restrictions, drive-in concerts have become a popular way for fans to experience live music (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

    Santana tells Billboard’s Gary Graff in June 2017 that a 50th annversary of Woodstock is “…two years from now. We talked to Michael Lang last time we were in Madison Square Garden and he came over to visit…It’s a positive thing. Looking forward to getting together with Michael and sculpturing what kind of an event are we going to have. He would tell Graff in December 2018, “We’ve talked to Michael Lang, but we don’t know if he has secured a place. If they invite me, I’m in.”

  • Jerry Garcia

    Jerry Garcia was a strong advocate for marijuana, although many inside his circle say he never smoked weed by himself, instead making it a more social experience. Regardless, a new, Garcia-inspired cannabis line is out called Garcia Hand Picked (GHP). It’s is a collaboration between Garcia’s family and Holistic Industries, a private U.S. cannabis operator.

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  • Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix

    Rock guitar virtuoso Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970) caught mid guitar-break during his performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, August 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

    Jimi Hendrix wowed crowds with his electrifying guitar playing before his tragic and untimely death in 1970. He was also a well-known weed enthusiast. In his tune “Trash Man,” Hendrix exclaims, “Please pass me the peace weed, and take some heed. Throw away all that mixed up speed.”

  • Lady Gaga

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga has been vocal about her medical marijuana use. The Netflix film “Five Foot Two” chronicles the singer’s long-term pain caused by fibromyalgia and how medical marijuana has helped her bring her some relief.

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    MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 13: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Image processed using a digital filter) Lady Gaga attends the photocall of the Italian premiere of the movie “House Of Gucci” at The Space Cinema Odeon on November 13, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

  • Rihanna

    Anyone who follows Rihanna’s social feeds knows she’s all about cannabis. The “Diamonds” pop star was one of the first famous names to make it known all over Instagram and Snapchat that she’s a proud marijuana fan. She also weaves lyrics and images of weed into her songs and videos.

    Rihanna Performs Live In Perth

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 24: Rihanna performs live for fans at the first show of her Australian Tour at Perth Arena on September 24, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

  • Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg is pretty synonymous with weed at this point. Who hasn’t seen him take the stage smoking a joint? He even has a cannabis-centered media company, Merry Jane, which he launched with Ted Chung, offering scientific news about the industry and updates in legalization.

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    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 26: Snoop Dogg sits down with Roxanne Shante on SiriusXM’s Rock The Bells Radio at The SiriusXM Studios on October 26, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

  • Willie Nelson

    Legendary country musician Willie Nelson is a longtime advocate for marijuana and hemp. He’s even reportedly smoked weed at the White House. That’s not to mention Willie also has a strain of marijuana named after him, and he has his own weed company, Willie’s Reserve.

    Texans Rally At State Capitol In Support Of Voting Rights

    AUSTIN, TEXAS – JULY 31: Musician Willie Nelson performs during the Georgetown to Austin March for Democracy rally on July 31, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Texas activists and demonstrators rallied at the Texas state Capitol after completing a 27-mile long march, from Georgetown to Austin, demanding federal action on voting rights legislation. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

  • Wiz Khalifa

    Wiz Khalifa loves a good joint, and he puts cannabis references in a range of his songs, to boot. Now, Khalifa has his own variety of pot, Khalifa Kush. He also has an actual weed-inspired game, called “Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm.”

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    BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: Wiz Khalifa attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)