Local Medical Marijuana Proponent Releases Hip-Hop CD

Ken Estes, a guy who has been simultaneously celebrated and criticized for his local medical marijuana dispensaries, is raising awareness about his cause through a new hip-hop CD called Medical Marijuana Music (aka GDP Medicine Man, aka Medicine Man — Medical Marijuana Music — it’s not entirely clear). The album, released by Grandaddy Purp Music (under the artist name Medicine Man), tells the story of Estes’ travails and run-ins with the DEA through Bay Area rapper DJ Ignite. So far, the project has the support of prominent local artists like E-40, as well as celebrities like Dave Navarro. The video for the first single, “Leave Ken Alone,” has garnered more than 4 million hits on WorldStarHipHop.com since being uploaded in mid-February. Other tracks espouse the various benefits of medical marijuana by guests such as E-40, Mike Marshall (of the Luniz’ “I Got 5 On It” fame), and Blaxicans (“Medical Patient,” “Purps in a Blunt,” and “Bundles of Purps.”) (GDP stands for Grand Daddy Purple, a “highly sought after strain of marijuana” that Estes apparently introduced. MILF weed, anyone?)

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