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by Cyndi Hoelzle

November 8, 2014

High on Country

by Cyndi Hoelzle  |  November 8, 2014

Times have changed since Merle Haggard defiantly declared, "We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee." That was 1969, and though the drug culture was well represented in pop music, country music just didn't go in for that hippie stuff. Then came the '70s, when outlaws like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Charlie Daniels got away with veiled references to being stoned. Today, country singers are just as likely to sing about rolling a fat one as to extol the virtues of white lightnin', and nobody raises an eyebrow when Eric Church proclaims it's time to "smoke a little smoke."

It makes sense: Country music has always mirrored the times. With our thoughts on scarier things, the American public seems to have declared an unofficial cease-fire on the war on drugs. (In fact, there were more drug policy reform initiatives on the ballot this November than ever before in American history.) So, as a public service, we present to you the ultimate country music pot primer.

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