As more and more states legalize marijuana, businesses are changing their rules to accommodate people using cannabis in a legal manner. And it looks like Snoop Dogg just set a precedent for streaming site Twitch when it comes to their rules.
Yesterday rapper and renowned marijuana user Snoop Dogg went on Twitch, a popular streaming website primarily for video games, to promote a game called SOS. During his stream, Snoop was seen smoking marijuana. This normally wouldn't be a problem, but cannabis use is supposedly frowned upon for Twitch. According to their guidelines, streamers must “respect all applicable local, national, and international laws while using our services. Any content or activity featuring, encouraging, or soliciting illegal activity is prohibited.” They also state that streamers cannot engage in “activity that may endanger your life or lead to your physical harm is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: suicide threats, intentional physical trauma, use of illegal drugs, and drinking excessively.” In fact, last year a streamer received a message from the website saying they discourage broadcasters from using marijuana.
However, Snoop Dogg's marijuana use on Twitch may set a new precedent for the streaming site. Snoop's stream was not taken down by the site, and a representative told video game website Polygon, “Because legality varies from Country to Country and State to State, we encourage people to follow their local laws.”
So it seems Twitch is basically saying if marijuana use is legal where you live, then it's ok to do so on stream. Broadcasters are already allowed to drink alcohol while on the site, although they're not to do so excessively. It looks like Snoop's blunt smoking caused a major win for stoner streamers everywhere!
On an unrelated note, it seems Snoop was not actually playing the video game on the stream. At one point he talks to someone offscreen and says, “This s*** is fun. I really wish I knew how to do all that s*** you’re doing for me, though.”
And at another point Snoop lights a blunt while his character continues moving onscreen, even though his hands are not on the keyboard anymore.
So by pretending to play a video game, Snoop Dogg has changed the rules for everyone who actually plays them on Twitch. Now that's a trailblazer!