Pot Culture


Way back when it debuted in 2005, the Showtime comedy Weeds seemed a bold way to drag Southern California’s predilection for pot from the smoke-filled shadows into the plasma glare of mainstream TV. Since then pop culture has become so saturated with the stuff, it’s like every day is April 20, the marijuana-themed holiday (“four-twenty”—get it?—is stoner code for pot). Here, a sampler: 

A week after power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z welcomes into the world their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, medical marijuana clinics around the city welcome a new strain dubbed OG Blue Ivy

Nerdcentric network G4, headquartered in the Miracle Mile, has prepared a slate of programming for April 20, including an episode of X-Play devoted to psychedelic video games, the documentary Super High Me, and special THC-infused editions of Web Soup and Attack of the Show

More than half a century after Mel Blanc’s Speedy Gonzales sings in 1958 about not having pot to smoke, Stewie from Family Guy delivers the rousing musical number “Bag of Weed” on Fox. YouTube views surpass 1.5 million.  

The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook starts baking in March. This month sees the release of Heart of Dankness, in which author Mark Haskell Smith smokes his way through California en route to Amsterdam’s Cannabis Cup. 

Über-tokers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa do their best Harold & Kumar (or is it Cheech and Chong?) in the pothead flick Mac and Devin Go to High School, whose release date is still up in the air. 

Reality TV
Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars, which depicts the drama surrounding an Oakland medical marijuana clinic, premieres in December. The next month Joan Rivers and a friend smoke a bowl on camera for WE tv’s Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? 

The 4:20 Remedy Yoga class at Brazilian Yoga & Pilates in Atwater Village encourages clients to warm up their lungs and expand their consciousness before stretching their muscles. 

Illustration courtesy Fox

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