Afroman records new version of ‘Because I Got High’ to support the legalisation of marijuana

The stoner anthem is remade 13 years after initial release

Afroman has released a remix of his weed-themed novelty song ‘Because I Got High’ in support of the legalisation of marijuana.

Thirteen years have passed since the rapper’s original version of the song reached Number One in the UK, with this new ‘Positive Remix’ detailing with what the singer considers to be the advantages of marijuana legalisation.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Afroman said: “’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.”

He continued: “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 legalise 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.”

The new version now includes lyrics like: “I had problems with glaucoma/But then I got high/Smelled the cannabis aroma/And I got high/Glaucoma getting better and I know why”.

Two US states and the District Of Columbia will be voting to legalise marijuana on November 4, while Florida will be voting on a medical marijuana amendment. Sabrina Fendrick from the National Organization For The Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said: “NORML is thrilled to have brought Weedmaps and Afroman together to create this unique cultural collaboration merging art, entertainment, and activism into a single campaign that highlights many of the positive benefits of cannabis, and raises awareness for the legalisation initiatives coming up in the 2014 November elections.”

Watch the ‘Because I Got High (Positive Remix)’ beneath.