After 15 years, hundreds of sold-out shows and tens of thousands of miles traveled together, the members of 311— singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, rapper SA Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, bassist P-Nut and drummer Chad Sexton—are true road warriors. But the Los Angeles–based rap-reggae rockers are also true pot enthusiasts—and proudly so—which makes navigating major state freeways a challenge, to say the least.
Fortunately, the many years of crisscrossing the US and the world, most recently in support of their latest CD, Don’t Tread on Me (Volcano), has taught the band a thing or two about toking on tour—like how much to bring, where to store it and how to smoke without getting busted. Here, they share their secrets and one really cool invention with HIGH TIMES, and school us all in the real meaning of “life on the road.”
Rule #1: Bring your own, bring a variety and bring a lot
In 311’s world, there’s no such thing as too much weed. “You basically want enough to last you the whole tour,” says the band’s resident pot keeper, P-Nut. “I’d rather not divulge exactly how much we had on this last stretch, but it was like a suitcase and a half. No, I’m kidding—it was enough to last about eight weeks.”
“We’re also fortunate to have friends in certain spots who are growers,” adds Mahoney. “It’s always nice to get the variety in taste.”
If all else fails, the band can certainly count on their fans. “We get offered weed like 10 times a day,” P-Nut points out. “But we are kind of picky.”
Hexum doesn’t discriminate when it comes to free offerings. “I get handed joints all the time and if it looks decent, that’s good enough for me,” he says. “These guys [P-Nut, Mahoney] are like, ‘Thanks, we got our own.’ Me, being a lesser stoner, I’m always like, ‘Is there any weed that’s not strong enough for you guys?’ Because the shit they smoke puts me into fucking orbit and I can’t even function.”