Philadelphia may be decriminalizing marijuana. Call me cynical, but this sounds like a plan by the cheesesteak industry to boost sales.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 15, 2014
Last year, Midler tweeted: "FDA claims marijuana's as toxic as alcohol. 41,682 alcohol related deaths last year. Marijuana, 0. Guess nobody's died of the munchies."
According to Very Important Potheads, "Midler famously planned to put a joint underneath every seat of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles for her New Year's Eve show in 1975/76, to celebrate California's pending decriminalization law. Her staff had purportedly rolled 1,800 joints before word leaked out and she was talked out of the magic moment by her lawyers and the L.A. district attorney. Instead she dropped her top at midnight."
In 1976, Midler's version of the reefer-jazz classic "Sweet Marijuana" was released on Songs for the New Depression (titled "Marajuana" on the album). The song was written in 1934 and originally performed by Gertrude Michael.