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By Bonginkosi Tiwane

Digital Journalist

Nearly 30 years after 2Pac gave him his first blunt, Snoop Dogg quits weed

The 52-year-old rapper has asked for privacy after making the announcement about quitting to smoke marijuana.

US rapper and marijuana advocate Snoop Dogg surprised the world when he shared that he was quitting weed, which has drawn a variety of reaction from fans, some of whom were inspired by the rapper to smoke.

“After much consideration and conversation with my family, I’ve decided to give up smoke. Please respect my privacy at this time,” averred the Hip Hop artist short statement on his social media.

In an interview with broadcaster Howard Stern the rapper once said it was the late 2Pac who gave him his first blunt.

“I smoked my first blunt with Tupac. I’d never smoked a blunt before. I was smoking joints… I said, ‘Hmm, this sh*t tastes magical!’ [Smoking weed] is a bridge, Howard… I’ve met so many people and established so many relationships over a joint.”

Blunts are usually rolled in tobacco leaf, of the same type used to wrap cigars, joints are typically rolled in thin cigarette papers.

In late 2022 Snoop Dogg launched his own marijuana brand, Death Row Cannabis, through his company Death Row Records. This wasn’t his first time going into the weed business. Snoop Dogg was one of the first celebrity-endorsed weed brands in the US when he launched a brand called Leafs by Snoop back in 2015.

“Since I’ve been at the forefront of this movement for over 20 years now, I’m a master of marijuana,” Snoop told media at the time.

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As expected, the netizens didn’t hold back on their reaction to Snoop’s revelation. 

“Stoner of the century Snoop Dogg you’ll always have a seat at the sesh whether you’re smoking or not and will forever hold a place of honour on Mount Kushmore. It may feel like the end of era, but it’s just a new chapter in the book of Snoop. You’ve got our support and respect,” marijuana publication High Times commented. Snoop has graced the cover of the publication four times.

While some showed support to the 52 year-old, others were more cynical about his decision and opted to make fun of the Gin and Juice rapper.

“As somebody who has watched millions of people die from marijuana overdoses, this is a very brave act by you, Mr Dogg. The pro marijuana establishment will criticise you but you must not relent,” commented @BarryOnHere.

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