Hello Again, Mary Jane

Pot culture is back, as rockers and rappers are singing the praises of marijuana

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Drugs have long been viewed as part of the culture of rock music. Jim Morrison. Jimi Hendrix. Live fast, die young. In-a- gadda-da-vida, baby. But throughout the just-say-no '80s, rockers and rappers held their collective breath. When would it be safe to inhale? Now, with the '90s, many musicians feel that the cultural tide has shifted -- so they're going public about marijuana use and celebrating the weed in song lyrics. Once again, pop music is going to pot.

Listen to the rap group Basehead on its new song I Need a Joint: "So how...

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