Texas Lawyers' Insightful 'Don’t Eat Your Weed' Song Goes Viral

By Seth Ferranti 07/20/16

The lawyers, who are not marijuana advocates, created the song to educate marijuana users about Texas state marijuana laws.

Texas Lawyers Insightful 'Don’t Eat Your Weed' Song Goes Viral
Photo YouTube/Hudson&Harris, Attorneys

Two attorneys from Texas have become Internet sensations after their singing public service announcement—about what and what not to do with your weed when the cops stop you—went viral. The new YouTube stars' first single, “Don’t Eat Your Weed” has been picked up by radio stations across the country, informing and educating the public on Texas marijuana laws. The song, released last September, has steadily picked up fans along the way with over 310,000 views as of this writing.  

With its simple message and heartfelt lyrics, the song informs Texas residents that possession of up to two ounces of weed is only a Class B misdemeanor, unless you try to alter, conceal or hide the marijuana when you’re in the vicinity of a police officer—thus the title, “Don’t Eat Your Weed.” The song struck a chord with marijuana advocates everywhere and Waco lawyers, Will Hutson and Chris Harris, are now so popular that they’ve been appearing as guests on Internet and radio shows, espousing their knowledge. 

“This has just been exciting because we have a hobby that we can sort of use in business and it has been fun,” the 46-year-old Harris, who practices general civil law, told The Cannabist, a pro-marijuana site. “We started out just trying to generate hits on our website to make it more relevant. The best part of it is when you are out and someone who doesn’t know you recognizes you and says, ‘Hey, you are the ‘Don’t Eat Your Weed’ guys.'”

With songwriting help from the 50-year-old Hutson, a criminal law practitioner, the singing lawyers put the song together one verse at a time, lyric by lyric. Besides bringing attention to their website and law firm, they had one message they were trying to convey to the public: It’s a new age for marijuana prohibition. Don’t turn a Class B misdemeanor into a felony marijuana case by eating the weed or throwing it out the window. The best bet is to just take the hit. Weed is decriminalized in most states now, and isn’t the scourge or gateway drug it was portrayed to be in the “Just Say No” era.

Despite the marijuana revolution currently taking place in our country, the singing lawyers are quick to point out that in no shape or form are they advocating marijuana use. “We in no way in the video advocate the use of marijuana or anything else,” Harris told The Cannabist. “Someone on Facebook said these are the most effective anti-drug messages I have ever seen because you are not judging, you are not saying do it or don’t do it. You are saying if you chose to do it, you should be educated.”

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