Five years ago, Snoop Dogg recorded a public service announcement urging people to vote for the marijuana legalization measure on California’s ballot.
“Prop. 19?” said Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus. “You know how I stand on that. Very high.”
On Thursday night, in a very smoky room, Snoop held a “meet and greet” with supporters at 1841 El Camino in Sacramento, a sprawling medical marijuana clinic, while a deejay spun some of his classics in the front parking lot. Inside, Afroman, in a shaggy white fur coat, shuffled around with the help of a cane; And Bishop Don “Magic” Juan, in a lime green suit and hat, drank from a studded chalice.
Snoop, in a gray sweatsuit decorated with the 710 Long Beach Freeway logo, posed for selfies and signed the cover of some old records. He was low-key, smoking. Nobody mentioned his new brand of pot, which Snoop has referred to as “truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world.” A reporter raised his phone to capture the scene, but was instructed to put it away.
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Despite lending his support in 2010, Snoop, though a pair of representatives accompanying him at the collective, declined to say whether he’ll get behind next year’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana in California. The still-unnumbered measure is being advanced by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and expected to receive significant financial backing from ex-Facebook President Sean Parker, whom Snoop seemingly knows.
After a few puffs and some sips of water, he ducked out a back door and off to his show at Ace of Spades. It would be a while before the smoke cleared.
Editor’s note: This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. to include Afroman and Bishop Don “Magic” Juan.