Sen Dog of Cypress Hill believes band is at least partly responsible for pot’s acceptance

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Cypress Hill has never precisely been subtle about their stance on marijuana. In fact, member Sen Dog says the hip-hop group is at least partly responsible for pot becoming more acceptable in the culture than ever before.

“I like to think that Cypress Hill had something to do with changing that culture and that mentality,” Sen Dog told The Washington Times. “Not just us, but Cheech and Chong as well as other guys who have taken up the cause.”

Sen Dog said that he and his bandmates, who come to The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, Wednesday on their current tour, view pot as “just a little herb.”

“I’m glad to see all these changes going on in America as far as people educating themselves on the whole cannabis issue because it’s about time,” he said. “They were treating it like a hard-core narcotic. People are … turning around laws that have been in place for decades.”

Cypress Hill burst on the scene in 1993 with their song “Insane in the Brain.” Sen Dog’s bandmate, B-Real, is now doing double duty in Prophets of Rage with Chuck D of Public Enemy and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.

“We’re honored to come back to your” to the capital region, Sen Dog said of continuing to tour. “We do it because the fans love to see us perform. As long as they show up, we’ll show up.”

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