Afroman records positive version of 'Because I Got High' to support marijuana legalisation

"Now the state can fund drug treatment, and I know why.."

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Remember stoner one-hit-wonder Afroman? He's back, and soliciting pro-marijuana votes with a revamped version of "Because I Got High" that sees him extolling the drug's positive effects on glaucoma, crime and state funding under legilasation.

Blazing in a purple shirt and sliding down a street on a sofa, Afroman raps: "I had problems with glaucoma/But then I got high/Smelled the cannibis aroma/And I got high/Glaucoma getting better and I know why" (you get where this is going).

The original was released 13 years ago and scored Afroman a UK number one, before helping him on his way to a Grammy nomination.

"Because I Got High put me on the map – it’s what got me a record deal, a Grammy nomination and made me a household name," Afroman told Rolling Stone. "Getting high – and rapping about it – got me to where I am today and I'll be forever grateful for that.

"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."

Released in conjunction with Weedmaps and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the single coincides with upcoming votes on the legalisation of marijuana in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia.