1. Legalize It - Peter Tosh (1976)
The lead track on Tosh's debut solo album after leaving the Wailers says it all: "Legalize it/ Don't criticize it." Nearly 40 years later Tosh's wish is starting to happen in U.S. states and countries around the world (even Jamaica is about to decriminalize it). "Doctors smoke it," the Rasta sings. "Nurses smoke it/ Judges smoke it/ Even the lawyers too." How true! Covered by Sublime (1995).
Parts of this article are excerpted from Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life by Steve Bloom and Shirley Halperin.