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Rodney King's Buds

He Was a Professional

Weed Smoker

6/22/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rodney King was an expert pot smoker ... and there's no way marijuana could have caused him to go off the hinges and act like a maniac on the night he died ... so say King's smoking buddies, who run his local weed dispensary.

Ever since investigators were pictured removing a cannabis plant from King's home this week, there have been suspicions that weed may have contributed to his death ... or at least caused Rodney to exhibit some bizarre behavior on the night he died ... including loud crying spells and banging on the windows of his home.

TMZ spoke with the people who run Arrow Alternative Remedies in San Bernardino, CA ... who tell us Rodney was a regular ... and even served as a celebrity "bud tender" during special events.

The pot people tell us ... "We used to smoke tons of weed with Rodney and not once was he too belligerent to function."

One pot pro also notes, "I never saw him come into the shop on alcohol or hard drugs."

"Honestly, he was a great guy and was starting to get back on track with his new book."

As TMZ first reported, Rodney died on Sunday ... but his legacy will live on in the pot shop -- where his old pals have already named a strain of weed after the guy ... "Rodney King OG."

Rodney King OG weed

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CN    

"A professional weed smoker"? They PAY you to do that? Where do I sign up?


It still sounds like a bath salts rage to me (without knowing all the facts). Weed does not a rager make...

792 days ago
2.

Passion Of The Taint    

Nothing wrong with that!

Can it be donated to me?

R.I.P.

792 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

this is why medical pot has a bad wrap.**** like this.true it does help some people.but for some reason it seems like everyone has a medical issue to use it.see snoop dog

792 days ago
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Eddie    

Dope fiends.

792 days ago
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Paul B    

If drugs were to play in his death then serves himself right. Smacko!

792 days ago
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bunny    

There's no way pot took part in this. Maybe he just wanted to get inside and eat.

792 days ago
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just my opinion    

marijuana is the safest medicine so no way. i will say that an edible had me planning my own funeral. i thought i was going to die after eating a weed muffin. i stick to inhaling it from now on. im still a lightweight but god bless it.

792 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Morons! There IS a way marijuana could have done that. Ever heard of substance-induced psychosis? If he had a predisposition for psychosis, smoking significantly more weed than usual, which would not be uncommon for a regular pothead in a difficult relationship situation like he seemed to be in at the time of his death, could have helped to trigger him.


The government "gateway drug" propaganda may be complete BS, but so is the "pot is completely harmless" mantra of the other side. Pot IS potentially dangerous for people with certain - often undiagnosed - medical predispositions. Nobody with any kind of psychiatric medical condition should mess around with psychoactive substances. Not ever! And - surprise, surprise - the same rule applies to alcohol.

792 days ago
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tlm    

Well, we all know that he was a professional IDIOT.

792 days ago
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Truth    

DONT FORGET... HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL ALCOHOLIC TOO. #TRUTH!!

792 days ago
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Jdawg    

Is that Rodney King some good smoke? Make u go stupid?

792 days ago
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dwhizz    

So nobody else has apparently hit the bottle hard all night and then decided to smoke up? You can drink after lighting up, you can do both at the same time but like most other MEDICATIONS, if you take them after you are smashed, you're gonna pass out.

792 days ago
13.

YouDontSay    

I haven't heard any speculation about weed being the reason he freaked out, etc. Professional? Do you mean Medical?

792 days ago
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Amber    

Shocking!!! I don't believe it played a role in his death at all though....

792 days ago
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peachpie    

She did it. so did ojay, gary coleman's wife. the berratta guy and jerry lee.

792 days ago
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