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One of the most enduring aspects of the cannabis legalization effort is education. Talk to any marijuana legalization advocate and you will likely unearth a wealth of data, information, and statistics supporting the cause. Many marijuana users have a thirst for knowledge and truth that simply will not be sated, and the film community has gladly obliged with a host of documentaries that seek to uncover the truth about marijuana or explore some fascinating aspect of the culture.

Here are ten of the most educational and most informative marijuana documentaries ever made.

glass-historyGrass – The history of Marijuana

Directed by Ron Mann and narrated by Hollywood actor and hemp activist Woody Harrelson, this 1999 documentary covers marijuana and its various uses from a historical standpoint. Informative as well as entertaining, Grass is an especially detailed account of how propaganda has played a role in the disparaging of cannabis. [watch here]

 

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Magic Weed is an informative documentary that focuses on hemp prohibition in its various forms. Directed by Martin Baker, the film takes a historical look into the circumstances surrounding prohibition in the United States, although with a more serious but no less informative tone than “Grass”. [watch here]

 

marijuana documentaryA NORML Life

Focusing on the legalization advocacy of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML, “A NORML Life” is an insightful and oftentimes heart-wrenching account of medical marijuana patients from the points of view of marijuana activists, doctors, caregivers, and patients themselves. Directed by Rod Pitman and released in 2011, “A NORML Life” shows just how far the legalization effort has come in the United States. [view trailer]

 

cannabis documentaryIn Pot We Trust

Although “In Pot We Trust” also features medical cannabis from the points of view of patients, it is refreshing in that it also features opposing views on the subject. Directed by Star Price and released in 2007, “In Pot We Trust” also features informative comments from Dr. Lester Grinspoon. [watch here]

 

Should I Smoke Dope?

cannabis documentaryThis BBC documentary was directed by Ross Anderson and Nicky Taylor and broadcast in 2008. A bit lighter in approach than most other cannabis documentaries, “Should I Smoke Dope?” is nevertheless an interesting and informative piece on the cannabis industry in Amsterdam. [watch here]

 

unionThe Union – The Business Behind Getting High

Directed by Brett Harvey, “The Union” is quite possibly the most comprehensive look into the marijuana industry ever committed to digital tape. Released in 2007, the documentary explores the underground cannabis industry in Canada with input from growers, law enforcement authorities, doctors, politicians, and even some celebrities. [watch here]

 

clearing the smokeClearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis

“Clearing the Smoke” is a 2011 documentary directed by Anna Rau. Avoiding the social and political aspects of the marijuana issue, this documentary instead focuses solely on the medicinal aspects of the herb. With an overtly scientific slant, “Clearing the Smoke” is an informative analysis that explores the potential and drawbacks of cannabis in detail. [watch here]

 

canabisWhat if Cannabis Cured Cancer?

Directed by Len Richmond and released in 2010, “What if Cannabis Cured Cancer?” is solely focused on the effects of cannabis with regard to cancer treatment. Featuring recognized authorities in cancer and cannabis research, the documentary is essential viewing for anyone who is interested in the potential of marijuana for cancer treatment. [watch here]

 

cannabis documentarySuper High Me

It may have been inspired by “Super Size Me”, but this documentary directed by Michael Blieden and released in 2007 is a certified classic on its own. “Super High Me” follows the adventures of comedian Doug Benson as he follows a 30-day period of abstinence with a 30-day period of daily cannabis use. [watch here]

 

 

when we growWhen We Grow, This Is What We Can Do

Directed by Seth Finegold and released in 2011, “When We Grow, This Is What We Can Do” is a UK-focused documentary that covers the cannabis industry in detail, from the industrial age of hemp to the earliest days of prohibition, and the current use of marijuana in the medical field. [watch here]

 

 

 

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Even if you don’t normally pay much attention to the current state of television culture, you may have surely noticed that full-blown Game of Thrones infatuation that currently has the world in its grasp. It seems that almost everyone has gone totally crazy for the fantasy-adventure series, and the stoner masses are no exception. Already, dispensaries across the country are coming out with a host of new and imaginative strains, a number of which draw direct inspiration from Game of Thrones. Here are some of the most promising strains currently on the market, no doubt highly approved by the Mother of Dragons.

Whitewalker OG

game of thronesFrom Gold Coast Connection comes an Indica-derived strain that could calm and sedate even the most fearsome Whitewalker. With a lineage that harkens back to the well-respected San Fernando Valley OG Kush, Whitewalker OG is a strain that definitely means serious business. The pleasantly piney and fruity bouquet may lead you to think that this is an ideal strain for relaxation – and it could be in moderate amounts – but too much may leave you locked to the couch for hours mumbling “Hodor” and not much else.

Nevertheless, Whitewalker OG has a powerful, pleasant, and mostly body-focused high that could be very useful for relieving pain and encouraging sleep. If you don’t have anything to do with your evening other than enjoying a season-long Game of Thrones marathon, Whitewalker OG might just be your cup of bud.

Blackwater

blackwaterInspired by the epic Battle of Blackwater that took place in season two, Blackwater is a creation of noted breeder The Cali Connection. Like the episode in which the battle took place, Blackwater has received quite a lot of critical acclaim, as evidenced by its strong third place finish at the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup held in Los Angeles. The offspring of noted strains Mendo Purps and SFV OG Kush, Blackwater started out as an attempt to produce an exceptionally black strain of Kush.

Blackwater may have missed the mark originally aimed for by the breeder, but the resulting strain is definitely no disappointment. With a slightly heavy and drowsy high, Blackwater has a beguiling berry flavor that blends well with some good wine.

Khaleesi Kush

Marijuana BudHighRise Seeds is the breeder of the imaginatively-named Khaleesi Kush, and the up-and-coming outfit has truly outdone itself with this strain. The product of the coming together of two of the most renowned strains in the cannabis world – Pakistani Kush and Bubblegum – Khaleesi Kush immediately took the marijuana community by storm, selling out within a few hours after its online release. Khaleesi Kush has an especially pleasant flavor, due mostly to the Bubblegum in its lineage. With a sweetness that belies its dominant Indica qualities (Khaleesi Kush is a much as 70% Indica), Khaleesi Kush is a pleasant alternative to most Indicas available on the market.

Keep in mind that this strain still exhibits many of the most potent effects of a good Indica however, so moderation is generally advisable.

 

We’ll leave you with a short clip of the self-described ‘Rastafarian Targaryen.  Cringey? Funny? You decide.

With cannabis culture in full swing all across America, many musical artists have been inspired to share their love of ganja with the rest of the world. In fact, cannabis use is practically a given among most musical artists today, so much so that weed use has become almost ubiquitous. That said, a number of artists have gradually fallen out of love with the mystic herb, and have even come out in public openly claiming to have quit.

Here are some of the most famous stoner musicians who have since quit the stony path.

cudiKid Cudi

The self-professed “lonely stoner” may have been vocal about his weed use for years, but he is now singing a different tune. Expressing frustration at constantly being associated with the drug culture, Kid Cudi announced that he had quit smoking weed in an April 2011 post on Tumblr.

fosterMark Foster

Foster the People front man Mark Foster had already decided to quit smoking weed, but a meeting with one of marijuana’s most vocal and prominent advocates helped him further along on his path. After being discouraged from taking a hit off a blunt by noted weed-aficionado Snoop Dogg, Foster found sufficient reason to keep off the loco weed.

travisTravis Barker

Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker was no stranger to the ways of the weed, but worsening health issues forced him to drop the bong in the spring of 2012. Diagnosed with Barrett’s esophagus and six ulcers, the tattooed pounder wisely decided to forego the weed in order to ensure his continued ability to be a father and a musician.

ceeloCee Lo Green

Another musician whose health issues caused him to quit smoking weed is Cee Lo Green. The cause: one anxiety attack too many. After a weed-induced episode in the late 1990s, Cee Lo claimed that he never ‘got comfortable’ with marijuana again, and subsequently proceeded to cut it out of his life until allegedly being seen smoking many years later.

george michaelGeorge Michael

There was a time when it seemed that George Michael was always being busted for weed. Among the most noteworthy incidents were possession charges in 2008, and a driving under the influence of cannabis conviction in August 2010, which resulted in a 4-week stint in jail. After a serious case of pneumonia in 2011 however, Michael finally quit weed for good.

andre300Andre 3000

Known for always having an ounce of weed on his person, Andre 3000 took a hard turn toward sobriety in 1998 when he realized that weed was getting the better of him. Apart from doing away with weed, Andre 3000 has since also cut alcohol and meat out of his life.

neilNeil Young

Neil Young has had a number of songs that reference weed explicitly, but the Canadian rocker is now a changed man. After 40 years of using weed in addition to a host of other substances, Young had finally had enough, and set about trying to experience life without marijuana in order to gain a ‘different perspective’.

paulmcPaul McCartney

Of all the members of the Beatles, it was Paul McCartney whose name was most often associated with weed. But every dog has his day, and for McCartney, that day came sometime in 2012 when he was inspired to quit for the sake of his daughter.

gagaLady Gaga

Known for lighting up a joint onstage among other things, Lady Gaga recently gave up the weed after months of self-medication that involved smoking up to 15 joints a day. Although she has largely been sober after going on a ‘bizarre’ retreat that sought to rid her of her addictions, Lady Gaga does admit to smoking weed from time to time.

snoop lionSnoop Lion

This one you’ll have to take with a grain of salt: Snoop Lion. Famously known for his affinity for all things green, Snoop shocked the world in 2003 when he claimed to be quitting weed. It seemed that you can’t teach an old Dogg a new trick however, as the legendary rapper and celebrity admitted to being back on the high horse less than 2 years later.

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Stoner movies are as much a part of cannabis culture as bongs and hemp apparel. There are few things that are as enjoyable as chilling in front of the wide screen while enjoying your cannabis preparation of choice, and infamous stoner quotes just make the entire experience even more memorable. Here are some of the more noteworthy stoner quotes from some of the most revered movies in stoner culture.

Dazed and Confused

Starting out the list is the stoner classic Dazed and Confused, in which perpetual high school stoner David Wooderson (played by Matthew McConaughey) asks Mitch Kramer (played by Wiley Wiggins) if he has a joint. After receiving a negative answer, Wooderson says something that most stoners would agree with: “It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”

half baked stoner movieHalf Baked

In another revered stoner classic (they’re actually all stoner classics when you think of it), Half Baked, Sir Smoke-a-lot (played by Dave Chappelle) blurts out: “I wanna talk to Samson! Fly me to the moon like that bitch Alice Kramden.” Yes, we’ve all been there Sir Smoke.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Responsible for triggering more than a few relapses and causing a wave of craving when it was released, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was packed full of memorable quotes. For stoners however, it is perhaps Raoul Duke’s (played by Johnny Depp) listing of their drug stash that is most inspirational of all. Comprising weed, as well as a bewildering assortment of pharmaceuticals and mind-altering substances, the list is something that almost any stoner would love to receive in a Christmas stocking.

The quote is pretty long, so we figured we would just show you the clip instead.

Friday

Winning points with weed aficionados everywhere, Smokey (played by Chris Tucker) echoes what is probably on the mind of every stoner every time Friday comes along: “I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this; but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castlestoner movie

Equally reverential to weed and White Castle burgers, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is also packed with memorable one-liners. In one particularly memorable bit of dialog, Harold (played by John Cho) asks Kumar (played by Kal Penn): “Dude, am I really high, or is this actually working?” The answer? “Both”.

Cheech and Chong – Up in Smoke

No list of stoner quotes would be complete without an example from the pair who started it all. From Pedro De Pacas (played by Cheech Marin) comes this gem: “Is that a joint man? That there looks like a quarter-pounder.

Pineapple Expressstoner movie

A modern-day stoner classic if there ever was one, Pineapple Express is also jam-packed with memorable quotes. One favorite is Red’s (played by Danny McBride) reaction to his high: “I’m trying to decide how stoned I am and just how on the verge of death am I right now. Like, am I seeing shit because I’m stone or because I have no blood left in my body.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Winner of the rhetorical question award goes to Mr. Hand (played by Ray Walston) who asks the timeless question: “What are you people? On dope?!

stoner movieSuper Troopers

So bad that it was good, Super Troopers is a movie that should top any stoner’s ‘must-watch’ list. One particularly noteworthy quote comes from College Boy 2 (played by Joey Kern), who said: “You must have eaten like 100 bucks worth of pot, and like 30 bucks worth of shrooms man. So I’m gonna need that 130 bucks, you know, whenever you get a chance.

Grandma’s Boy

Finally, Grandma’s Boy is a film made more notable by the addition of this winning line by Dante (played by Peter Dante): “I’ll smoke it with ya bro, we’ll go to the loony bin together. I don’t give a fuck.

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Let’s just come right out and say it: for many people, drugs are as much a part of music festivals as the music itself. For a growing number of festival-goers, music festivals are increasingly being equated with drugs. For better or worse, music festivals have become the perfect places to check out your favorite bands, enjoy the festivities, and to have your mind bent for a few hours.

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It isn’t surprising then that so many Instagram posts associated with music festivals contain anything from passing mentions of drugs to overt depictions of drug use. More than 3 million of these posts were analyzed for mentions of drugs, and the results were published in a chart on the website DrugAbuse.com. The results were interesting to say the least, although we would stop short of calling them ‘surprising’!

Perhaps least surprising of all is that Marley Fest-related posts ranked first for cannabis mentions, with Camp Bisco and Bonnaroo following close behind. Here’s how all 15 festivals fared:

Alcohol – In an expected turn of events, alcohol was overwhelmingly popular in Instagram posts related to the Chili Cook-Off, with 90.26% of such posts mentioning alcohol in some way. Alcohol was almost equally popular in Summerfest and Glastonbury-related posts.

Marijuana – As we mentioned earlier, Marley Fest came out on top as far as marijuana-related posts go, with 82.04% of the festival’s posts containing mentions of the plant and/or its various forms. The two festivals with the next highest numbers of marijuana-related posts were Camp Bisco and Bonnaroo.

MDMA – MDMA/Molly/ecstasy was quite popular with the Electric Daisy Carnival crowd, with 42.99% of festival posts mentioning the drug and/or its variations. The crowds at Ultra Music Festival and Camp Bisco also seemed to be enamored with the drug, although to a slightly lesser degree.

Mushrooms – Mushrooms proved to be popular with the Burning Man crowd, with 7.42% of festival posts mentioning mushrooms in some way. Mushrooms were also mentioned in festival posts related to Bonnaroo and Camp Bisco.

Cocaine – Cocaine was mentioned in as many as 12.39% of posts related to Coachella. The drug was also mentioned in 11.76% of Mad Decent Block Party Instagram posts, and 10.67% of Lollapalooza posts.

Crack Cocaine – Crack cocaine proved to be a popular topic with Burning Man festival goers, and to a lesser degree, with guests at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury.

DMT – Burning Man again tops the list as far as DMT-related posts go, followed by Electric Daisy Carnival and Life In Color, although the drug was significantly less popular among fans of these last two festivals.

LSD – Number one as far as LSD-related posts go is…you guessed it: Burning Man. The drug was also quite popular among visitors to the Ultra Music Festival and Camp Bisco.

Opioids and Mescaline – Mad Decent Block Party denizens were quite enamored with opioids, as were guests at Lollapalooza and Holy Ship!. Electric Daisy Carnival fans seemed to have a preference for pills, a taste they shared with fans that went to Tomorrowland and Lollapalooza. Mescaline was popular among – again – Burning Man fans, Camp Bisco, and Electric Daisy Carnival. Camp Bisco-related posts ranked number one for general drug terms, followed by Tomorrowland and Burning Man, which is apparently drug central as far as music festivals go!

Actor Morgan Freeman is no stranger to weed. He has been quoted several times over the years declaring his love for the plant, going so far as to call prohibition “the stupidest law possible.”

Morgan FreemanIn an interview with The Daily Beast in May, Freeman said it’s time to “legalize it across the board!” He explained he’s used the drug for several years to treat chronic pain and believes it should be available across the country.

“My first wife got me into it many years ago,” he said. “How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs – longer legs. Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink it’ll quiet you down, but two or three and you’re fucked.”

Weed helped Freeman to recover from car crash

Morgan has been using weed for many years, but an accident seven years ago taught him just how helpful it can be. He was driving across Mississippi when his Nissan Maxima veered off the road and flipped several times. EMTs used the Jaws of Life to remove him from the car, and he was hospitalized while surgeons saved his left arm.

The shoulder, arm, and elbow were crushed, and doctors had to scramble to repair nerve damage. He was left with persistent pain in the arm, as well as problems with blood flow and mobility.

Freeman said he also suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes diffuse muscle pain and tenderness throughout the body. The weed has helped him manage his symptoms, he said.

“Marijuana has many useful uses,” Freeman said. “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana. They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!'”

Increasing number of A-listers openly discussing marijuana habits

LeafFreeman belongs to a growing club of A-list celebrities who openly discuss their marijuana habits. Everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Brad Pitt has disclosed at least occasional toking, while younger stars like Miley Cyrus are increasingly opening up about other drug use.

The pot doesn’t seem to have slowed any of these celebs. Freeman was in four movies in each of the last two years, with two released this year and another two on the way. He’s one of the most recognized Hollywood elites, and his very presence tends to give films gravitas they wouldn’t otherwise have.

As proof that weed is a better alternative to booze, Freeman pointed to the Woodstock festivals. Weed was tolerated at the first concert, in 1969, he said, but much less so at the 30th anniversary event.

“Look at Woodstock 1969,” he said. “They said, ‘We’re not going to bother them or say anything about smoking marijuana,’ and not one problem or fight. Then look at what happened in ’99.”

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Weed and stoner movies go together like…well, there really is nothing that compares to the synergy between marijuana’s effects and moving lights on a screen. Feeding off each other, and seemingly making each one more potent, weed and movies together is a match made in stoner heaven. And if the movie happens to be related to marijuana or marijuana culture in any way – no matter how tenuous the connection may be – the combo is all the more enjoyable.

There have been countless stoner movies over the years, and many will no doubt argue that the best were made before the millennium. After all, the 1970s and 1980s were the heyday of such classics as the slew of Cheech and Chong movies, Fast Times in Ridgemont High, Dazed and Confused, and so many others. For the undisputed classics, many would say that you really would have to take a jaunt back to pre-2000 cinema.

That being said, the millennial film industry has done its share in upholding the stoner movie tradition admirably. A number of more recent releases hold up well when compared to the well-loved classics, and some may even shape up to be future classics in their own right. Here are some of the more noteworthy stoner movies of the 21st century so far.

How High (2001)

stoner moviesStarring Redman and Method Man, How High is a fun-filled romp into the magical and surreal world of marijuana. With a bit of quality homegrown fertilized by the remains of their buddy Ivory, Silas and Jamal embark on a trip that ends up with them getting admitted into Harvard…with the help of their aforementioned buddy’s ghost.

 

Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)

stoner moviesThis one just barely eked into the 21st century, which is a good thing because it is a definite classic. The recurring line serves both as the title and the key plot point of this outrageous and sometimes bizarre comedy that will undoubtedly have you glued to your seat in between bong rips.

 

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)

stoner moviesAnother undisputable 21st century classic, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is probably responsible for selling more White Castle burgers than the fast-food joint’s owners would care to admit. Basically paying homage to the munchies and detailing the lengths that stoners will go to appease them, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle offers everything that makes stoner movies so enjoyable.

 

Pineapple Express (2008)

stoner moviesWhen Pineapple Express came out in 2008, it sent the clear message that the stoner movie genre is alive and well. Revolving around the legendary “Pineapple Express” strain which has since become the stuff of stoner lore and reality, the flick brings together real-life buddies Seth Rogan and James Franco, both of whom are probably no strangers to weed, on- and off-screen.

 

Smiley Face (2007)

stoner moviesIn marked contrast to most other stoner movies, Smiley Face takes a decidedly more negative view of the kind bud. Nevertheless, the story of a young actress who ‘accidently’ polishes off an entire batch of pot brownies is just too good to pass up. Starring Anna Faris in an unlikely role that she nevertheless pulls off admirably, Smiley Face is a worthy addition to any stoner’s movie queue.

 

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Watching TV while high is a time-honored tradition, but have you ever thought about the stoner characters on television that have entertained you through years of stoned viewing? There are a number of characters traditionally known – or suspected – to be stoners, and they have definitely made television so much more enjoyable. Here are some of the more notable stoners characters on the small screen.

 

Ilana and Abbi (Broad City) broad city

With Ilana and Abbi, the female world now has a pair of stoners to be proud of! The stars of Comedy Central’s Broad City, Ilana and Abbi are two true-blue New Yorkers who make no bones about their love of weed.

 

 

Ryan (Wilfred)stoner character

Wilfred is a show that centers on Ryan, a medical marijuana user who has a slightly warped view of his surroundings. How warped? Well for starters, he thinks the next door neighbor’s dog is simply a man dressed in a dog suit.

 

 

Towelie  (South Park)towelie

A talking towel isn’t the first thing one would normally think of when the subject of TV stoners comes up, but no one ever accused the creators of South Park of being normal! In any case, a stoned towel with an affinity for Funky Town is a stroke of comedy genius.

 

 

Doug Wilson (Weeds)doug

Given that the show is named Weeds, you would expect there to be a stoner character or two. Doug Wilson is probably the best example, and his equal ineptitude at politics and the medical marijuana cause makes for one of the more interesting stoner characterizations on TV.

 

 

ottoOtto (The Simpsons)

He may not be worthy of driving your kids to school on the bus, but Otto is…well, come to think of it, he’s not good for very much else either! Nevertheless, every TV show needs a stoner and Otto is the Simpsons’.

 

 

boothOscar Bluth (Arrested Development)

The wacky yang to the more sedate yin of George Bluth, Oscar is manic, crazed, and basically bonkers. Not quite what you would expect from the typical stoner, but there it is.

 

 

shaggyShaggy (Scooby Doo)

With his meticulously unwashed hair, bell bottoms, and generally mellow vibe interspersed with moments of pure panic, Shaggy is a stoner through and through. The fact that he’s constantly hungry speaks volumes.

 

 

hydeHyde (That 70’s Show)

Almost every square digs ‘The Circle’, but stoners flock to Hyde every time. One of the more interesting characters in That 70s Show, Hyde is all about peace and love, although he does have an unusual affinity for conspiracy theories.

 

 

freaksDaniel Desario (Freaks & Geeks)

Molded after so many other classic cinematic stoners, Daniel is your typical, standard-issue high school burnout. We’ve all seen them before onscreen and in real life, and Daniel delivers the role to a T.

 

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Stoner movies are as much a part of stoner culture as anything else. Unfortunately, not all movies make for great viewing while high. Here’s a list of movies that are best avoided when smoking up.

Control

controlThis bio-elegy of postpunk icon Ian Curtis was much anticipated by at least two generations of fans: those who were actually around during the era, and those who are just discovering it from before. In any case, this plodding and morose cinematic display makes for a less than enjoyable Saturday night while baked.

There’s just too little going on to hold your attention for any length of time, and you might find yourself skipping the boring parts too frequently and heading to the kitchen to make some more popcorn. And when making popcorn becomes more enjoyable than the flick…well, you know that there’s just something wrong with the movie.

 

Paranormal Activity 2

paranormal activity 2Like Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity set the cinematic world on end when it came out, with its novel filming approach. Like Blair Witch Project however, Paranormal Activity took an alarming nosedive with the release of the sequel.

Like its predecessor, the sequel featured the same closed circuit camera approach. But the problem is that the filming method had already lost much of its novelty appeal by then, leaving the story to maintain the viewer’s interest…and it simply doesn’t. Tedious and trite, the film is only occasionally livened up by the surprise paranormal occurrences. Unfortunately, it’s all just a bit too familiar and infrequent, and it’s a long, slaw crawl to the surprise ending when you are finally left wondering why the hell you wasted good weed watching someone else’s living room for two hours.

 

Bad Lieutenant 2

bad leiurWhere to begin…Bad Lieutenant was a gritty, raw, and powerfully primal chronicle of a man’s descent into corruption. Masterfully portrayed by Harvey Keitel, the main character was a drug-addicted cop stumbling down a slippery slope into despair before finding redemption.

Needless to say, Bad Lieutenant was everything that the sequel was not. Clumsy, smarmy, and trite, Bad Lieutenant 2 is quite possibly one of the worst stoner movies you can put on.

 

 

Men Behind the Sun

men behindReading the synopsis, you might get the idea that Men Behind the Sun might make for some good stoner entertainment. World War II atrocities against Chinese prisoners by diabolically ambitious Japanese doctors and brutal prison guards in a semi-factual documentary…what’s not to like, right?

Unfortunately, Men Behind the Sun is a cheap and roughshod production that somehow manages to combine schlocky shock-tactics and ridiculously inept special effects into a film that is even less than the sum of its parts. No matter how good your weed is, nothing can make this film even remotely entertaining.

 

Requiem for a Dream

requiemRequiem for a Dream is a depressing story of four Coney Island residents who fall deeper and deeper into each of their drug addictions. The harsh realities of addiction really hit you when watching this; maybe not the best one to watch alone.

You would think that Requiem for a Dream would make a good stoner movie, but it simply isn’t. Brash, abrasive, and tedious, this is one of those stoner movies that those into stoner culture should probably pass up.

 

 

 

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Legal marijuana is coming to prime time.

Adam ScottA new sitcom is in the works at NBC that will center around the daily hilarities of a pot shop in Denver. The show, called Buds, was created by comedian Joe Mande and actor Adam Scott of Parks & Recreation. Scott will star.

The new series is scheduled for NBC’s 2015-2016 development cycle, which means it could air by next year. Scott is producing the show through the company he owns with his wife, Naomi, Gettin’ Rad Productions.

Scott is finishing the seventh and final season of Parks & Recreation, a show he joined in 2010, and he recently appeared in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Mande is a stand-up comedian, writer, and social media personality with a wide following on Twitter. He wrote six episodes of Parks & Recreation between 2013 and 2015.

Not the first weed-focused TV show

This is hardly the first time marijuana will make a splash on television. Weeds managed to stay on the air for seven years despite a story arc that went badly off the rails.

Recent episodes of Modern Family focus on a medical marijuana dispensary owner who moves in next door. What’s more, some markets air cable commercials for medical marijuana businesses in states where the drug is legal.

But Buds appears to be the first attempt to explore legal cannabis head-on on network TV. Presumably, it will center around the daily adventures of the people who operate and patronize a legal pot shop.

Major turning point

Medical MarijuanaWhether or not the show succeeds, it could mark a major turning point for the legitimacy of marijuana in America. Mainstream culture no longer views the drug as a back-alley vice. And the realities of the cannabis market could make for great comedy if done right.

Four states have legalized weed: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Washington, D.C., also voted to make pot legal, but the future of those reforms remains in doubt.

Marijuana is becoming big business in many places, so it makes sense to make a show about a rapidly growing industry, the very existence of which highlights the modern American political landscape.

Scott and Mande will co-produce Buds, but it’s not yet clear who else will be included in the cast.