Stephen Harper Once Sang A Different Tune On Cannabis

During a media scrum in 2013, a reporter asked former Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he ever used cannabis.

"Do I seem like I smoke marijuana?" Harper responded.

He might not look like a Cheech and Chong stereotype. But Harper sounded hip to getting elevated back in October 2009, when he teamed up with Yo-Yo Ma and an orchestra to play, "With a Little Help From My Friends."

A Civilized reader found this clip after reading our piece, 5 Beatles Hit Songs With Cannabis Connections:

Harper didn't shy away from singing the controversial lyric, "I get high with a little help from my friends," which seems either cheeky or clueless given his trenchant opposition to legalizing cannabis.

At the time, commentators were more surprised than appalled to hear Harper sing about getting high. But Paul Dewar - an opposition MP from Ottawa - seized on the moment to unleash a torrent of punning attacks on Harper and his conservative government. He went so far as to call the former prime minister a "Day Tripper" when it came to supporting the arts.

Now that both Dewar and Harper are out of office, they might consider teaming up for a duet:

h/t The Star, Ottawa Citizen, CTV News


John Sinclair is one of the lesser-known people in cannabis culture, but he’s a very important figure, particularly for anti-prohibition activists. Sinclair is a native of Flint, Michigan, far from the hippie epicenters in California or the Warhol scene of the Big Apple. The scene in Michigan was grittier and more blue collar.