“Marijuana will undoubtedly be appropriate some time,” comedy legend Lenny Bruce once predicted, “because the law that is many who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.”
This YouTube series is the first post-prohibition that is great comedy.
A Legendarily performer that is fearless Bruce was famously arrested numerous times in the 1960s for freely expressing himself on drugs, religion, politics, sex and other taboo topics of the day. He also wrote and self-published a satirical pamphlet called The Pot Smokers that coolly mocked the era’s hype and hysteria around cannabis.
As for his prediction of impending legalization, while it may have taken two generations longer than promised, it did come to pass—at least in most of the country.
But while stoner humor has certainly evolved since Lenny Bruce’s day, what Up in Smoke, Friday, Dazed and Confused, Harold and Kumar, Pineapple Express, Broad City, High Maintenance and other touchstones of the genre all share in common is prohibition.
Dope State is the first post-prohibition that is great comedy.
It features shows from Dan Harmon, Adrian Grenier, Sam Jay, The Lucas Brothers, Dana Snyder, and Ron Lynch, and you may binge it at no cost on YouTube now.
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Years in the making
I first talked with Dope State creator Gabriel Sunday in 2015 when he contacted me as part of his earliest research into the life of a cannabis journalist. I spent a couple hours from him again.For with him on the phone, sharing stories from my long run as a High Times editor and more recently as a columnist and video host/producer with VICE.To be honest, I kinda never expected to hear me personally, watching
Dope State was like assessment Spinal Tap
in the event that you were a roadie for Led Zeppelin.Instead, he’d pop up every couple of months with a question that is new his character or some aspect of weed culture. I could tell that he really wanted to do his homework rather than rely on tired tropes that are old stereotypes. But absolutely nothing prepared me for the pleasure of watching a rough cut of Dope State the very first time.I can simply explain the knowledge as akin to assessment
if you’re a judge at the Westminster Kennel Club if you happened to be a roadie for Led Zeppelin or Best in Show. It’s not just the quality of the humor, it’s the specificity of the characters and the commitment to making them real people in a environment that is surreal
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To that end, Sunday plays perhaps not reporter that is just intrepid Gopnik but also many of the outlaws and entrepreneurs Gopnik encounters while hosting and producing a VICE-like guerrilla-style documentary (also called Dope Statecannabis) focused on the world of legal weed in California.
In Episode One, he’s both Birdman—the ill-fated inventor of a energy that is THC-infused called Tree Jizz—and an over-the-top Instagram influencer called TazzyDabzs.Rick & Morty energy Dope State
is at its many insightful when profiling OG heads through the weed underground while they find it difficult to find a foothold into the brand new corporate
In Episode 2, Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon more or less nails it as Cooter, a weed that is longtime who understands all too well that he’s being pushed out of the market by the predatory forces of late state capitalism.cannabis“I’m a dinosaur, I know that,” Cooter says. “I’m not suffering any illusions.”cannabisPsychoactive spider tech
What makes Dope Statecannabis so special is that instead of punching down at Cooter as a bearded, disheveled relic, we come to see that his critique rings true. The new threat to “legacy operators” comes from all the Silicon Valley investors and Wall Street d-bags angling to cash in on now that it’s legal after years of facing arrest and imprisonment for growing and selling. cannabisEntourage
celebrity Adrian Grenier plays a tech titan cornering the marketplace on nanotech cannabis spiders.cannabisLike technology titan Elon Shparker—played with aplomb by
star Adrian Grenier—who sees* that is( as just one more industry to dominate, specifically by cornering the market on nanotech robotic spiders as a next-level cannabinoid delivery system.“My character is a tech innovator and a* that is( culture company magnate bro promising to revolutionize the industry, when really he’s concocting an agenda for globe domination.” Grenier states. “Gabe’s figures plus the world he built are wild nonetheless it really seems grounded in my experience. Yes, you can find robot weed spiders in this show, but I’ve came across plenty of people in the* that is( industry and that’s not too far from reality. I have no doubt spider that is psychoactive is just about to happen.”cannabisBehind the redwood curtain
From beginning to end, the absolute most lovable figures in cannabisDope State
would be the people whom arrived at it from someplace of real love for the plant. Among the best of these is Martin, an old-school hippie (again played by Sunday) who’s attempting to transition their unlicensed weed farm into a legit “Bud and morning meal” to help keep from going under.Fighting business raiders by time and rippers out to take their flowers when the sun goes down, Martin and their spouse desire to find someplace for mom-and-pops like them amid all of the luxury brands and consolidation that is corporate. Shot on location at a real Northern California
farm, we’re taken “behind the redwood curtain” and given a glimpse of the idyllic world of the Emerald Triangle, where weed—with that is growing without a license—remains an easy method of life.
‘A love page to California’s culture’It makes sense that cannabisDope State
is a labor of love as well as a love page to California’s
tradition, that we spent my youth close to.” Says sunday. “We shot independently all over the state, including on real weed farms, and always smoking weed that is real real weed individuals. Everybody’s stuck in the home now, so we all skip getting high with this friends, therefore I wish individuals can get a kick away from fulfilling these figures. We positively simply take some satirical jabs during the groundswell of excitement across the rush that is‘green’ but it is all done away from love.”(*)David Bienenstock(*)Veteran (*) journalist David Bienenstock could be the writer of “just how to Smoke Pot (precisely): A Highbrow Guide to Acquiring High” (2016 – Penguin/Random House), together with co-host and co-creator associated with the podcast “Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean.” Follow him on Twitter @pot_handbook.(*)
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