So far in 2016 numerous well-known musicians – including Prince, David Bowie, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, Keith Emerson, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen, Merle Haggard, Bobby Vee, Billy Paul, Guy Clark, Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Gato Barbieri, Phife Dawg, Buckwheat Zydeco, Scotty Moore, Bernie Worrell, Sharon Jones, Dan Hicks and Rob Wasserman – have passed away.
Sting, Sarah Silverman, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Etheridge, Jay Z, Harry Belafonte, Tim Robbins, Herbie Hancock, Common, Danny Glover, Bill Kreutzmann, Ricky Williams and Al Harrington are among the many celebrities who have endorsed the marijuana legalization initiative, Prop 64, in California.
During Pres. Barack Obama's first-ever appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher," he told the host that "we're going to have to have a more serious conversation about how we are treating marijuana and our drug laws in general."
So far in 2016, there have been 18 celebrity drug arrests. Fourteen of them are college and professional football players, two are rappers (Twista, Montana Millz), another is NBA player Travis Outlaw and the others are "Chumlee" Russell from "Pawn Stars" and Madonna's son, Rocco Ritchie.
"Duh," says yacht-rocker Jimmy Buffett about Amendment 2 in Florida that would legalize medical marijuana on Nov. 8. "I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical marijuana is a great cure. That's why I'm voting Yes on 2."