(AllHipHop News) Rapper Wiz Khalifa is making no apologies for championing the legalization of marijuana during a recent guest appearance at a baseball game for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The "Black and Yellow" hitmaker, who is a famed pot aficionado, was invited to throw out the first pitch at his hometown team's final home game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles at Pennsylvania's PNC Park on Wednesday, but his appearance upset some viewers as he stepped up to the mound wearing a shirt bearing the slogan, "Legalize It," a reference to his drug of choice, which is banned in the state.
He then caused further controversy after his ceremonial pitch by raising his hand to his mouth as the smiling star pretended to smoke a joint in celebration.
A number of critics voiced their displeasure at Khalifa's actions at the family-friendly sporting event on social media, and after the game, Major League Baseball officials issued a statement insisting they do not condone such behavior.
Spokesman Pat Courtney said, "Marijuana is a prohibited substance in all of our drug programs and it is unfortunate this situation occurred. The Pirates have informed us that this should not have happened."
However, Khalifa claims team bosses shouldn't have expected anything less from the hip-hop star because he has long campaigned for the legalization of marijuana.
"I stand for pot. I go for it everywhere that I'm at," he explained to Pittsburgh's Action News 4 station. "When you invite me, you know that's what you inviting. It is what it is, but at the end of the day, legalize it."
And the 30-year-old, who has his own line of marijuana and smoking accessories, insists there are plenty of people in the city who support his stance on the topic.
"We need it (legalized) here in Pittsburgh for sure," Wiz added. "There are a lot of people in Pittsburgh who agree with that message."
Recreational use of marijuana has become more acceptable in recent years, with the drug legalized in U.S. states including California, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Oregon, among others.