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Video: Afroman’s Remake of “Because I Got High” Paints Pot More Positively

The singer of the classic 2001 hit now wants you to know that getting high won't necessarily ruin your life.

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Anyone who listened to the radio in 2001 will likely remember the Afroman hit “Because I Got High,” one of the catchiest marijuana songs ever made. But the message is kind of a bummer for pot-lovers. It tells a story of a pot-smoker making one bad decision after another, until he loses everything. “I was gonna clean my room” leads to “I wasn’t gonna run from the cops” ends with “I messed up my entire life.” And why? “Because I got high. Because I got high. Because I got high.” Doo-ba doop doop.

It’s not exactly a glowing endorsement for getting high. In fact, it’s a pretty decent public service announcement for avoiding marijuana altogether, if you think about it.

Well, apparently Afroman has been thinking about it. Because 13 years later, he’s teamed up with Weedmaps (the “Yelp of weed dispensaries”) and marijuana advocacy group Norml to remake the tune, now with a pro-legalization message. This version showcases the positive effects of getting high, like curing glaucoma and anxiety, helping the economy and riding around LA on a couch-on-wheels…