There's no doubt that the Democratic Party will have a tough time getting Bernie Sanders supporters onboard with presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The primaries exposed divisions in the party surrounding controversial issues like marijuana reform, but Snoop Dogg could help bring the party back together - on that issue anyway.
The event won't be the rap icon's first foray into politics. During the 2008 primary season, Snoop - whose real name is Calvin Broadus, Jr. - told CNN's Larry King that he was torn between supporting Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. And in the 2012 primaries, The Doggfather lent support to Republican candidate Ron Paul - likely because of Paul's progressive stance on marijuana.
Snoop Dogg says it's important to elect a woman president
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The rapper revealed his pick for the 2016 Democratic nomination last May on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. Given that Sanders was by far the most progressive Democratic candidate on marijuana reform, you might have expected Snoop to back The Bern. But he let feminism, not marijuana, be the deciding factor in his support.
"I would love to see a woman in office," Snoop said. "And just to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America, I would love to see that. So I'll be voting for Ms. Clinton."
But can he convince Bernie's pro-cannabis base to do the same? Doing so could have a significant impact on the election as pundits predict that Hillary will need support from Sanders' base to beat Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Banner image: Snoop Dogg at Maquinaria Festival 2011, (Super 45 / Flickr.com)