Did Snoop Dogg Quit Smoking Weed (Again)?
It was supposedly former Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson who convinced Snoop to quit weed the first time when he became close friends with Snoop and convinced Snoop that quitting weed would be better for his family life and career. Uncle Charlie, as he was nicknamed by Snoop, was himself a former drug and alcohol addict and was homeless living on the streets of Hollywood for a period from 1993 to 1995. And when he saw Snoop in the studio smoking weed all the time Charlie said:
Man, I can't stop you from doing what you're doing, but I can't be around that weed because I'm a recovering alcoholic and addict, and the way you're around here smoking, you're no different from a crackhead as far as I'm concerned," I said. "Shit, look at y'all . You're talking about how you saw me that time at the gas station, high and looking all bad and everything, but I'm looking at you, and you can't even cut a damn song because you're too high to get the work done. You're in there laughing and giggling and too high to do what you're supposed to be doing.
Following his conversations with Uncle Charlie, Snoop decided to quit weed and alcohol in 2002 and ended up staying away from weed for 180 days. Snoop did an interview with AllHipHop where he elaborated on his reasons for quitting in detail:
Drugs cloud your vision…I was having fun when I was getting high. Don’t regret none of the times I was on it. That was me, Snoop Dogg: Stoner of the Year. Don’t give a f*ck. That’s how I did that… I said ‘Let me stop smoking dope so I can get a better vision of myself, see who I am and what I mean to the world. What I mean to my kids and what I mean to life in general’…
Snoop went on to say that he had been a hypocrite regarding his marijuana smoking:
I used to do public service announcements and tell the kids, ‘Say no to drugs” and high as f*ck – very hypocritical. That’s one thing my momma always told me, ‘If you gonna do something, baby, mean it. Do not be hypocritical. Do not say, “Don’t do this and you turn around and do the same thing.’ I took that to heart.”
Snoop also did an interview in Rolling Stone around the release of his 2002 'Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ ' album and Snoop was asked by the reporter if it was "the cost he had to pay to be the boss," Bigg Snoop replied:
"Hmmm... sorta kinda. That’s the cost that you have to pay if you wanna be here for your people. I’ve got three kids. I wanna be a grand-pop. At the rate I was going, I wasn’t gonna be here. I had to check myself before I got checked. I’m not trying to be a dead legend. I’m trying to be a living legend. I care about myself and I love me and I wanna be here. I don’t care what you say or what you feel. If you have something negative to say about me not smoking weed, f--k you in your mouth."
Stoners might say that Snoop has since picked up the habit again and that all is good, but Snoop recently revealed in 2016 the has quit weed again, albeit periodically, but that it makes him a better person and a better football coach when he does. This is what Snoop told Khloe Kardashian on her 'Kocktails with Khloe' show regarding quitting weed again:
I went to practice high one day and one of the kids said, 'Coach, you smell like my mama's boyfriend.' And I had to check myself. I stopped smoking from that day for 180 days straight. And it made me a better coach, a better person, and I stopped smoking when I was coaching football. So every year when I coach football around the kids, I don't smoke, so that's three months out of the year that I do that.
So kids! Snoop's message is clear, don't do drugs and alcohol if you want to be successful and be a good person!