While Nancy Reagan’s ”Just Say No” adage may have helped keep the ’80s to the straight and narrow, this decade may be shaping up a little differently: A whole new generation of musicians — including the Black Crowes and Cypress Hill — has begun to extol the virtues of cannabis sative in song and deed. As official rap spokesgroup of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), California rappers Cypress Hill were scheduled to appear at the fourth annual Pot Parade in New York (only the L.A. riots kept the trio away) and will headline June 5, 6, and 7 at a three-day Cannabis Action Festival in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
The Crowes, meanwhile, were recent cover boys for the marijuana bible, High Times magazine, and attracted more than 50,000 people to the third Great Atlanta Pot Festival, also sponsored by NORML, in April. But not every rocker is an outlaw. Members of Kiss were recently presented with the key to Baltimore for their ”encouragement of a drug-free lifestyle” by Mayor Kurt Schmoke. Yes, that’s Schmoke. Far out!