We’ve come a long way from “Reefer Madness!” Now, depictions of Marijuana have become undeniably mainstream and rightfully so! Check out some of Marijuana’s most memorable moments in pop culture.
1.) “UP IN SMOKE” (1978)
Showcasing Cheech and Chong’s trademark brand of loopy riffs and well-packed spliffs, the movie deserves credit for its generous supply of “dudes” and “mans” that helped shape the syntax of future stoner-movie dialogue.
2.) “FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH” (1982)
Before he conquered the Oscars and became a self-serious actor-slash-activist, Sean Penn (center) set the standard for the stoned-out surfer stereotype as lovable airhead Jeff Spicoli.
3.) “DAZED AND CONFUSED” (1993)
A young Matthew McConaughey (right) infuses his role as stoner David Wooderson with charm even as he sleazily discusses the merits of dating high school girls.
4.) “HALF BAKED” (1998)
He may be a TV heavyweight now, but 10 years ago Dave Chappelle (lower left) was a struggling stand-up and the co-writer of this aptly-titled comedy, which features requisite cameos (Snoop Dogg, Tommy Chong, not pictured) as well as a few surprises (Bob Saget and a pre-“Daily Show” Jon Stewart, not pictured).
5.) AFROMAN’S “BECAUSE I GOT HIGH” (2001)
The rapper simultaneously berates and celebrates the consequences of his doobie-smoking ways – from not being able to clean his room to losing his wife – on this catchy novelty track.
6.) THE PREMIERE OF “WEEDS” (2005)
Despite the weed-averse nature of television, this Showtime dramedy starring Mary-Louise Parker as a marijuana-dealing housewife has earned 13 Emmy nods and 2.7 million weekly viewers.
7.) “PINEAPPLE EXPRESS” (2008)
The Judd Apatow-produced film officially put the “bud” back in “buddy comedy” in this funny yet touching story of a corporate cog (Seth Rogen, left) and his carefree pot-dealer (James Franco, right) who get mixed up in a murder.
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