Lady Gaga, Seth Rogen hail marijuana legalization in Colorado - Reverb

Lady Gaga, Seth Rogen, the Knux hail marijuana legalization in Colorado (news)

Colorado just got a lot more buds after last night's historic Amendment 64 vote.

Colorado just got a lot more buds after last night’s historic Amendment 64 vote.

Colorado’s historic Amendment 64 vote yesterday legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana has already garnered a few high-profile nods from celebrities, including Lady Gaga and actor/writer Seth Rogen.

“I’m moving to Colorado,” Rogen tweeted last night, which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s seen his stoner characters in “Pineapple Express” and others films. (What we’ll be surprised about is if he actually does move to Colorado). The tweet garnered a dozen comments and more than 3,500 retweets.

Lady Gaga, who dressed up in weed attire for Halloween this year, also hailed the passage in a tweet to her 31 million-plus followers that referenced “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” the drag queen competition on the Logo network:

Unsurprisingly, we’ve also seen tweets from rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Big Boi and Cypress Hill’s B-Real, as well as messages ranging from humorous to supportive to dumbfounded from a number of other celebrities, actors and stand-ups. The message: we’re all coming to visit Colorado a lot more often now. And potentially moving here.

But the question remains: Will Colorado, which already has an established and smartly-regulated medical marijuana culture, swiftly become the weed capital of the English-speaking world? Are we just institutionalizing a culture that’s been around for a long time, or are we lurching toward a stoner culture that reinforces every slacker stereotype people have of us?

Some critics also point to rising rates at local drug treatment centers for you adults, and how marijuana could become the big tobacco of the 21st century (i.e. bad for you, expensive and terribly addictive). But supporters say the available science wouldn’t seem to back that up.

Wherever you stand on the issue, it’s clear Amendment 64 and a similar measure passed in Washington state yesterday will change the stigma surrounding the drug, which many argue is as harmless as smoking a couple glasses of wine. Er, drinking a joint.

You know what we mean.

Also check out this new track from hip-hop duo the Knux entitled “Toke Up,” which the band said in an e-mail today was “in step with Colorado and others legalizing pot.”

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John Wenzel is an A&E reporter and critic for The Denver Post. Follow him @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.

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  • Jimmy

    I think the precedent has already been set, to a degree, by Amsterdam. While there are elements of a drug culture that most probably wouldn’t invite to CO, it is also one of the richest cultural centers and safest cities in Europe. Apart from the red light district, you can walk around anywhere in that city and have no idea that marijuana is legal. Additionally, the coffee shops where you can enjoy marijuana in public are generally safer places for your sons and daughters than the average Denver sports bar. If Colorado leads the way against marijuana prohibition, it will reap a lot benefits beyond the tax revenue and become a true pioneer of a burgeoning multi-billion dollar industry that is cultivated, serviced and consumed locally or domestically. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often.

    • http://www.heyreverb.com/ John Wenzel

      Good points. Some critics have pointed to Amsterdam as something that Denver and Boulder, for example, should try to desperately avoid becoming. But we also don’t have legalized prostitution like Amsterdam, and my understanding is that Amsterdam isn’t even as liberal as Colorado will be a year from now when it comes to marijuana.