High on Country
Times have changed since Merle Haggard sang "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee." These days, country singers are not afraid to talk about kicking back and lighting up. Of course, outlaws like Willie, Kris Kristofferson and Charlie Daniels had hits in the '70s with veiled references to being stoned. But these days, Zac Brown can sing "I'm gonna lay in the hot sun, and roll a big fat one … and grab my guitar and play." Songs like Eric Church's "Smoke a Little Smoke" and Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" have been certified country hits.
It makes sense: Country music has always mirrored the times. With our thoughts on scarier things, the American public has declared an unofficial cease-fire on the war on drugs. So, in the spirit of that armistice, we give you the ultimate Country Music Pot Primer.