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There have been some great songs about cannabis over the years but while many simply encourage the use of cannabis or were inspired by cannabis, only one song outlines the history of cannabis. Blue Scholars was formed in 2002 by the duo DJ Sabzi and MC Geologic while going to school at the University of Washington. This Seattle-based group joined forces with now famous Macklemore to produce “Tommy Chong” which aims to educate their listeners about the evolution of marijuana.

  1. The Origins of Marijuana

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“Deep in jungles of the Ganges River

Two thousand B.C.

See Hindus and Sikhs

Shitloads of weed.”

The earliest mention of marijuana has been found in The Vedas or sacred Hindu texts. These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C.

  1. Era of Hemp

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“Very first plant cultivated for the fabric

And anytime they burned it

The people started dancing.

Medicine man put the people in a trance.”

Hemp was huge back in 1700s before it was made illegal. Interestingly the original Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.

  1. Greeks and Turks

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“Greeks and the Turks traded gold for dope.”

Hashish was a huge commodity in Greece and Turkey and as regularly traded.

  1. “Love is a Smoke Made With The Fume of Sighs”

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“And soon Shakespeare smoked the shit

And wrote dramas.”

According to a study done on Shakespeare’s personal pipe collection, eight of these pipes tested positive for cannabis use and two tested positive for cocaine.

  1. Little Stoner Syndrome

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“Soldiers Napoleon led wrought civilians

And stashes of hash

Took it back to France with them.”

Though Napoleon didn’t have direct influence in the introduction of hashish into France, his soldiers have been noted to have been users of the drug, introducing it into the community and using it on the battlefield.

  1. First Drug Smuggler

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“Christopher Columbus, first drug smuggler

Slaves made to grow his shit

But smoked some of it to laugh at the master

Plotting his disaster.”

Christopher Columbus carried hemp seed on his fleet for use in case of shipwreck to grow crops for raw materials and for use as a food source.

  1. Loopholes

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“Cool, you gotta know the rules

How to live

You want to find the loopholes

Do what I say

As long as you ain’t got forty grams in your hand

Can’t get you with a felony

Delivery intent

But anything less than that is a misdemeanor

And legally a reason for police to take seizure.”

When was the last time you got legal advice in a song?

  1. They Don’t Want to See That

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“Even with initiatives passed

Decriminalizing the green grass

They don’t want to see that.”

States with decriminalization and legalization still do not allow for public smoking of marijuana, you will still get a fine but will not go to jail.

  1. Prohibition Has Failed

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“Believe that this law is so flawed

The foundations done

The more things outlawed

The more outlaws run”

They are right and made it sound good. Prohibition leads to the market being run by criminals rather than legal organizations with hard working Americans.

  1. Prohibition Discriminates

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“So when you puff that

Thinking that’s how it is

Blowing more trees than the

Northwest wind

Knowing that your six times as likely

As them to do time

If your skin tone is darker than his”

While this song was made in 2011, two years later reports state that the gap of African Americans doing time for simple possession is four times higher than whites, despite using the drug at about the same rate.

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