Funk musician George Clinton has a gnarly reason for using medical marijuana


By David Downs

Source: SF Gate

American music icon George Clinton, the leader of Parliament and Funkadelic, has a gnarly indication for using medical marijuana.

As he details in this interview with Smell the Truth‘s affiliate podcast The Hash, Clinton has battled a lifetime of addiction, and cannabis has become part of his recovery.

The somewhat controversial practice is widespread, studies show. A Canadian survey of medical marijuana patients showed “80.3% reporting substitution for prescription drugs, 51.7% for alcohol, and 32.6% for illicit substances.”

Clinton just announced a 2016 tour stop at Oakland’s The New Parish on April 14. During his recent October swing through the Bay Area, the captain of the Mothership of Funk touched down at the C.R.A.F.T medical cannabis delivery collective.

CRAFT’s founders used to work with George on the road, so they stay in touch and re-supply the mothership.

The Hash was invited and got a few minutes with the king. We asked him about his recent autobiography, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?: A Memoir, working with Kendrick Lamar on his 11-time Grammy nominated album To Pimp A Butterfly, the relationship between cannabis and the funk, as well as hip-hop, and why he is a medical marijuana patient.

Listen to the short interview “George Clinton On Kendrick, Dre, Compton and Cannabis” below.


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