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Snoop Dogg’S Show In Lansing Excites Marijuana Backers

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LANSING – When Snoop Dogg performs Saturday at the Common Ground Music Festival in Adado Riverfront Park, it could inspire his fans and supporters of Michigan’s marijuana legalization movement to take some tokes ... and chances.

The 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is an avid marijuana supporter who has been known to light up on stage. He could inspire others to test the legal system in a Capital City ran by Virg Bernero, who has become an advocate for legalizing marijuana in the state.

“I think there’s going to be a lot of smoking going on,” said Shannon Sterner, co-owner of Lansing’s Puff-n-Stuff dispensary. “The concert atmosphere could be closer to Hash Bash in Ann Arbor.”

Sterner sells a Snoop Dogg brand vaporizer for $80 at Puff-n-Stuff in Lansing’s Old Town and wants to give Snoop a care package once he’s in town. The Hollywood Reporter reported in 2012 that Snoop, a Long Beach, Calif. native, has what he calls a “platinum medical marijuana card.”

Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act of 2008 makes cards issued in other states valid here.

Snoop’s last appearance in Lansing was 2008 at Common Ground, and it was a peaceful affair. Lansing Police Chief Michael Yankowski doesn’t expect anything different on Saturday. Yankowski said it will be at the individual officer’s discretion to determine how the state’s marijuana law is enforced.

“Possession (for non-medicinal purposes) is still a violation of state law,” Yankowski said. “Penalties can be an arrest, a warning, confiscation, a police report — one of many different things.”

Lansing voters passed a City Charter amendment in 2013 that said no city ordinances can block use, possession or transfer or less than one ounce of marijuana on private property by persons at least 21 years old. While that doesn’t block enforcement of state or federal law, the intent was to make personal use in private a low priority for police.

Bernero is expected to support efforts for a 2016 ballot initiative to make recreational use of the marijuana legal in Michigan. The State Board of Canvassers approved wording for two such measures last month.

The Michigan Cannabis Coalition’s signature collection team is expected to be at Snoop’s Lansing concert, wrote Matt Marsden, the group’s spokesman, in an e-mail.

Bernero has made it clear he wants recreational use of marijuana legal in Michigan and intends to have his city “lead the way in marijuana sanity.” Bernero spoke at Hash Bash on April 4 and has stressed for several months he wants to make sure low-level use of the drug is not a priority of the Lansing Police Department.

It’s unclear if Snoop is aware of Lansing’s growing support for marijuana legalization, but he certainly hasn’t been bashful about showing his support for the drug around the world. Messages left with Snoop’s publicist, Bree Jones, weren’t returned.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Snoop is being sued in India by a civic organization because he was in a video smoking weed on a throne. The organization says the video is insensitive toward Zoroastrianism religious beliefs.

Yankowski declined to speculate what legal ramifications Snoop could face if he chooses to smoke marijuana at Adado Riverfront Park.

“He’s been here before and we didn’t have any problems,” Yankowski said.

He noted that Common Ground also has security that will monitor conduct during the event. “There is a security staff that’s also in the crowd. We’re more of a perimeter presence,” the chief said of his officers.



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Hahaha... I live about 12 blocks from the venue.

I didn't see Snoop in '08 (saw Zappa Plays Zappa instead :D )

but I did wander down there and it was crazy, just a big huge cloud of

smoke.  Ludacris (I went) was the same.  I save $$ going down there

and setting in my lawn chair across the street, LOL.  Call me cheep,

or practical ;)  I don't care for the venue is the biggest reason why

I won't pay to see the shows very often.

OH.. same cloud w/ George Clinton and Jimmy Cliff :bong2:


Now... the after party on the other hand will be 'the place to be'.


Screw legalization btw :blow-a-heart:

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This is about legalization petitions, not medical marijuana.

yeah, I know, and assume these characters do actually help the recreational scene. Wondered if the community thought the same of the medical scene. I quote a famed one here. Cannabis shrinks tumors, "blah blah, Cheech, blah blah Chong....


I like snoop, cheech and chong characters btw

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 medical marijuana registrants believe that Cheech and Chong, Weeds, Snoop Dog etc help the medical cannabis cause in the eyes of non supporters, physicians, judges, police, etc?



I wonder if snoop smoked with that lil phaq kim lil dong in north korea!


Nothing is gonna happen, its been part of his show forever, shoot I thought he was older than 43, Wish I had the cash he has, why is he doing such a small show I wonder?


like zap said I dont think it matters much any more when it comes to legalize, he most def dont rep pt's, he reps legalization. Im ok with legalization as long as mm stays the same as far as grow rights and amounts of usable!



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Thanks Jim


i agree it won't make or break the  legalization movement it's been on it's way for a long time back when it started he was making a difference just by getting the word out that people are still being locked up or put on probation for cannabis with  a card or without card 


i don't even have any of Snoop's C.D or i can;t even say if i heard a song on the radio i wouldn't know if it was him 


Thanks again 

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