Snoop Dogg now makes MTV shows about weed, he used to be arrested for it


It has been a long time since Snoop Dogg was just a musician. The man is more business, more image than rapper. He’s a marijuana entrepreneur and an actor—most recently appearing in Fox’s Empire and competing with his friend Martha Stewart on ABC’s $100,000 Pyramid.

But one thing that’s been part of the Snoop brand since he introduced himself in 1992 on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, has been just that: Weed. His latest venture outside of hip-hop is executive producing Mary + Jane, MTV’s new comedy about a couple of female Millennials who run a pot delivery service. In a recent interview with Esquire, Snoop spoke about the series and what he thinks about pot’s growing audience.

Thanks for talking to me. I know you’re not doing a lot of interviews for this show.

Who told you that? They told you I was a diva? Never the Dogg, baby.

Image result for snoop doggWhy did you get involved with Mary + Jane?

The show was something that was a void right now, as far as two delivery marijuana girls. Great writers; great networks. My company,, partnered up with Mary + Jane to promote great television. Everything’s falling in place; this is the perfect relationship and the perfect time to do a show like this.

What do you mean that it’s a perfect time?

With the world going crazy for marijuana and it’s America’s topic of conversation right now, as far as the legalization of it all. The health issues and higher health insurance and the money—it’s making and Denver, Colorado and other parts of the world where it’s becoming legalized. It’s becoming a big business now. It’s good to show the intricacies of some dealers–female dealers–and giving the insight of the underworld before it becomes the overworld.

Do you think it was important for the show to have two female leads?

I think that’s what made me want to be part of the show. I deal with a lot of females who have done what Mary+Jane are doing on screen. To be able to relate to that, to know how real that is … TV is reality TV now. Whether it’s scripted or not, it has to be the reality to what people can believe.

Image result for snoop doggHow do you feel about how the stereotype of pot smokers is changing?

I wish it had changed 15 years ago when they was taking me to jail for it. That’s neither here, nor there. It’s amazing that people I am able to smoke with now [are the ones] that would have told on me or sent me to jail. Now we have nice conversations over a joint or a blunt.

I feel like marijuana is a real peace conversation–what I mean by that is the form of peace in a conversation. Any time you have a couple of people smoking, they’re never hostile or angry. The area that we’re in now, I’m thankful that they’re trying to make it legalized because, with alcohol and tobacco, you see all the tragedies that have happened with that. I’m glad that we can see something different. As far as me being on the forefront and pushing, for a long time I was on the wrong side and now I’m on the right side. Being able to have a network and having a television show, I show that it’s fun, it’s cool and the hustle of it all.

How do you feel that you’re one of the faces of marijuana?

You know what, I’m astounded by the disbelief in the beginning, and now I’m happy for what it does. I’ve talked with soldiers who have came home from tragedies over there and fighting for our country and given prescription drugs and not knowing how to maintain. And then they’re introduced to medical marijuana and they’re able to sustain and live a happier life. And I’ve dealt with people who’ve had cancer and beat cancer and people who have sicknesses that no man-made medicine has been able to cure and marijuana’s been able to cure it. I’ve seen a little girl who has 300 seizures in a month. Now she’s getting CBD (Cannabidiol), and she’s only having three seizures a month.

I’m watching all the great things with it. A lot of times, people think I’m just in it for the high. But I’m not, I’m in it for the good of it all and what it does and it maintains everybody’s mind on a certain level. That’s what the world needs to be at right now. Not that everybody needs to be on marijuana, but it needs to be on a place of understanding and peace and conversation because there’s so much violence and negativity in the world that this is sort of the answer to that. That’s how I’ve been able to maintain my sanity and keep peace in being able to do what I do. Seeing that the world in that same direction, it’s great to see that.

You’ve done guest-starring roles on TV before. Will you appear on Mary + Jane?

I might do a cameo on this show. I might. I don’t know. We’re talking about it right now. They’re trying to write me a character that they didn’t really like, but I like. I’ve got to convince them to keep it in. They’re crazy.

You’re also doing a dinner party series with Martha Stewart for VH1, which is owned by the same company as MTV. Will there be a crossover episode?

You never know. Good food, good weed. You know what I’m saying? It’s all a party and about uniting and bringing people together. Everything I’m doing right now is a peace offering and gesture to the world to show that you can always put more love in the world than hate. That’s what I’m on right now.

What’s a dinner party at your house like? Good food, good weed, and watchingMary + Jane?

And you do know that.

You’ve also partnered with Tanqueray on gin. Which is your bigger vice?

Oh marijuana, baby. A cocktail is for later this evening, but the marijuana is for all day, urday.


Culled from Esquire