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Roger Daltrey is No Fan of Cannabis Smoke in California

Once again, The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey, 76, expressed disapproval with the prevalence of cannabis smoke billowing through the air, which is plentiful in California, especially at rock concerts.

While speaking on the “How to Wow” podcast, Daltrey reaffirmed his position that he is annoyed by the popularity of cannabis, saying that he is “allergic” to the herb. To his credit, Daltrey suffered from a case of meningitis—however that happened five years ago.

“Since [I had meningitis] I’ve got this terrible allergy to the smell of pot,” Daltrey said on the podcast. “Of all the afflictions! It’s a nightmare. My throat closes up at the smell.”

Daltrey also suffers from tinnitus and dysplasia, which affect his vocal cords, but it’s not clear how much that is affected by second-hand cannabis smoke.

Daltrey wishes edibles were more popular than they are, because there is no odor involved. “Pot is now legal in California so everybody smokes it,” he added. “I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun—I’d prefer if they ate it. It does the same thing, it just takes a bit longer to work.”

Fortunately, Daltrey admitted that the criminalization of cannabis is wrong, considering how alcohol is probably more harmful. “There’s pot at every gig. It’s political but I’ve never understood why it’s criminalized the way it is,” he said. “It’s crazy. You’d criminalize booze way before pot if it was down to health. All the way down the line, it doesn’t make any sense at all.”

But we’re not buying it, completely. Daltrey scolded fans at a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City last year, because the cannabis smoke they were exhaling bothered him. 

The Who, of course, are iconic in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, given many past events such as their performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. While cannabis and rock ‘n’ roll typically complement each other, that’s not the case with Daltrey.

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