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Rodney King's Buds

He Was a Professional

Weed Smoker

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

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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weed DOES NOT have that type of effect!!!!!Something is NOT right with his death!!!!!

860 days ago


pot smokers are losers and so was Rodney.. good riddance. The riots and his beating and everything else in his life were consequences of his drinking and using.

860 days ago


If King was on medical mary jane, then he had been cleared by a physician to take it for some malady.

Second, weed would have never made him go off. PCP might. And sad to say, Rodney King liked that stuff, too.

I'm willing to believe he may have had a reaction to something he smoked or used, even to the point of him having a cardiac arrest. But if Cynthia had anything to do with his death, like clunking him on the head so that he pitched into the water unconscious, a wound and a weapon would have to have been found already. And so far, the coroner nor the cops are talking yet.

I am also not ruling out suicide.

857 days ago
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