Cypress Hill Rapper B-Real A Winner In Santa Ana’s Marijuana Lottery, Now Can Be A Real ‘Dr. Greenthumb’

CALIFORNIA:  Hip-hop group Cypress Hill gained fame in the 1990s with marijuana-themed songs like “Dr. Greenthumb.”

Now one of its members might become a real Dr. Greenthumb after he and 19 other applicants won a city lottery Thursday to put them on a path to legally distribute medical marijuana in Santa Ana.

City officials held the lottery at the Santa Ana City Council Chambers two months after residents voted to legalize and tax medical marijuana shops. Santa Ana will likely become the first city in Orange County to have legally operating medical marijuana dispensaries since most cities banned the operations in recent years.

“I think Santa Ana is willing to take the chance to see if this actually works, kind of like Colorado did with respect to putting the legalization in place,” said Cypress Hill rapper Louis Freese, better known as B-Real, who said he plans to name his collective Dr. Greenthumb.