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Afroman's Positive 'Because I Got High' Remix Should Be The New Stoner Anthem

Finally, the moment has arrived: Rapper Afroman has joined the fight to legalize marijuana with a new iteration of the 2000 stoner anthem, "Because I Got High."

The positive remix supports changes to marijuana laws with lyrics such as, "I had problems with glaucoma, but then I got high."

Afroman told Rolling Stone that getting high and rapping about it was what got him to where he is today -- a statement not many can say with a straight face.

"With the current political battle with states trying to legalize weed, I thought it was a good time to educate – or set the record straight – about marijuana’s benefits, which is why I wanted to remake the song," he told the outlet.

The song was made in association with Weedmaps and NORML in support of the Smoke the Vote campaign, which aims to get people to vote Nov. 4 to legalize pot in the District of Columbia, Oregon and Alaska.

Now, just for old time's sake, wander back into yesteryear and listen to the original version of "Because I Got High."

Kentucky
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After passing the state Senate earlier this month, a bill to legalize cannabidiol oil in Kentucky -- a state so conservative some of its politicians still talk about marijuana killing people -- is already winning approval in the House, where it's expected to pass. Both the Kentucky State Police and Gov. Steve Beshear support the bill. If passed, the law would allow anyone (even children) enrolled in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration trial to be treated with the oil, which is derived from a part of the plant low in THC and does not produce a "high." The law would also let the state's two research hospitals prescribe and dispense the extract.
Tennessee
In Tennessee, which has voted Republican in every presidential election since Clinton, and where being caught with a single joint can still land you in prison for a year, a medical marijuana bill in the legislature has gotten much more attention than in past years. The Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act would let people with such conditions as Crohn's disease and post-traumatic stress disorder possess a one-month supply of weed if a doctor says the potential benefits of the drug outweigh the risks.

"Even in hardcore Republican areas, they want to be able to have medical marijuana," the bill's author, state Rep. Sherry Jones, told HuffPost back in January.

The bill didn't pass this year, but advocates say it made significant progress and stands a good chance for next session. "This year, it had much more discussion in the General Assembly than in years past," said Paul Kuhn, whose late wife, Jeanne, is the bill's namesake. "The Republican leadership essentially told us, 'Hemp this year, medical marijuana next year.'"

A separate bill that would establish clinical trials for CBD oil is making its way through the Tennessee House right now.
South Carolina
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In South Carolina, where a person can be sent to prison for up to five years for growing a single marijuana plant even if it's a first offense, a bill to allow the use of cannabidiol for seizure treatment was introduced by state Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) late last month. Since then, at least six other Republican co-sponsors have signed on to the effort. Whether the bill can become a law is still unclear, however. Gov. Nikki Haley hasn't commented on the measure but has said she does not yet see broader medical marijuana legalization as a priority for the state.
Missouri
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Missouri, which has some of the harshest anti-pot laws in the country, has hinted at the possibility of legalizing marijuana this year.

During a recent appearance on CNN's "State of the Union", Gov. Jay Nixon said he thinks "folks are starting to see" the potential benefits of medical weed. In addition, for the first time in history, Missouri is considering a bill to legalize the recreational use of pot. Right now, the bill lets people possess up to a pound of weed, even if they are just using it for fun; however, the lawmaker sponsoring the bill has said his colleagues in the Missouri Legislature may scale the proposal back so that it only legalizes pot for medical reasons. Even so, the law would be a huge step for Missouri, which in 2011 locked up more than 20,000 people, 91 percent of whom were arrested merely for possession, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.
Georgia
In Georgia, where the Republican-controlled legislature is engaged in an enduring fightagainst Obamacareand Medicaid expansion, a bill to legalize cannabidiol nearly became law this year. The state's Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted in favor of the bill by a massive margin (171-4), and the state Senate voted unanimously to pass it as long as it was coupled with a law that would insurance companies to cover pediatric autism. However, House politicians would not budge on the autism insurance measure, and the bill died as the time to pass it expired.

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Allen Peake, a conservative Republican lawmaker who previously told The Huffington Post he'd never smoked marijuana in his life. He said he was compelled to fight to legalize the cannabis oil after a visit with a 4-year-old girlwho suffers up to 100 seizures a day.
Florida
In the Sunshine State, where the Legislature is commanded by Republicans, medical marijuana is almost certain to become legal before the end of the year. A voter initiative to legalize the product will appear on the ballot in November, and polls show that more than 80 precent of Floridians will likely say yes.

However, Florida parents with sick children aren't content waiting around for the ballot initiative to take effect. They have lobbied their legislators to introduce bills to legalize medical marijuana even sooner, according to Ben Pollara, the campaign manager at United For Care, an organization lobbying for legal cannabis in Florida. One of these bills -- a measure to legalize cannabidiol -- was the first piece medical weed legislation to ever be advanced by Florida's Legislature.

State lawmakers have also introduced a broader medical marijuana bill, as well as a bill to legalize weed for recreational purposes.