HIGHlights: The Most Memorable Weed Scenes in Film
We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best marijuana-related scenes in movie history, weeding out the cream of the crop. Here is our breakdown.
Lester Burnum, played by Kevin Spacey, decided he’d had enough of his boring corporate job, blackmailed his boss, quit, and took up lifting iron and puffing joints instead. When his wife, Carolyn, discovers his new hobbies by walking into the garage, loses her cool and says “I see you’re smoking pot now… I think using illegal psychotropic substances is a very positive example to set for our daughter.” Carolyn, the overstressed suburban woman attempting to juggle roles as mother, wife, and career real estate agent, could have used a few hits herself to relax. Unfortunately, she never indulged, and instead went on to contemplate a half-baked murder of Lester.
Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson star jointly in this classic film. Fonda’s character, in one scene, says to Nicholson’s character: “This is grass”. Fonda goes on to expound on the virtues of getting high in the morning. “It gives you a whole new way of looking at the day.”
Although drinking is the predominant pastime in this classic tale of American fraternity life, one scene took a different turn – off into the weeds, so to speak. Professor Jennings is a recurring character throughout the film, most recognizable for his smoking habit. In one scene, Professor Jennings and some of his university students get high together and have a stereotypical stoner conversation. “Our whole solar system could be like one tiny atom under the fingernail of some other giant being” Pinto says.
Bill Murray and Chevy Chase deliver a pungent performance in this golf film cult favorite. In one scene, Murray’s character, a low-grade moron groundskeeper at a high society country club, meets Chases’s professional golfer character on a visit to his shack. Murray introduces Chase to his special “grass” species which doubles as his preferred golf course material and his after-hours smoke stash. “The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt at night on this stuff,” he says.
The Big Lebowski
The Dude’s smoking habits are referenced throughout the movie. In one scene, he is seen driving under the influence of a joint combination of weed and beer. While attempting to keep eyes on a blue Volkswagen Beetle he spots in his rearview mirror following him, he drops the joint on his crotch, freaks out, pours his beer to stop the burn, and then crashes his car over a curb.
Dazed and Confused
No coming-of-age film based in 1970s America would be complete without profound weed-fueled revelations around a campfire. The stoner character Slater, complete with hair past his shoulders, claims that George Washington was a pothead, grew fields of marijuana, and that his wife had pre-packed bowls waiting for him when he came home.
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
This entire movie revolves around getting a couple of friends getting high and leaving on an epic journey to White Castle to satisfy their munchies. In a daydream fantasy, an artist paints of portrait of him and the gigantic anthropomorphized weed back together, they pedal a romantic lovebird boat through a lake, and the eventually are married as Kumar slips a ring onto his marijuana wife’s inflated hand.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Hunter Thompson was himself an avid weed smoker, among other drug habits. His most infamous novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was adapted into a movie. In one scene, Dr. Burnquit gives an unhinged speech in which he described the four “distinct states of being” in the marijuana community: cool, groovy, hip, and square.
Ice Cube’s character gets fired on his day off and spends his Friday hanging out with Smokey, the local weed-smoking hoodlum who is indebted to a scary drug dealer after he smoked an entire stash he was supposed to sell. Ice Cube and his buddy get stoned on his porch, and Smokey reminds Cube of the age-old Iron Law of Social Smoking: puff, puff, give.
In the opening scene of this epic law enforcement tale, state troopers pull over a trio of goofy college-aged kids planning to spend the day getting high on some aaaa grade weed Canada
and taking mushrooms. Instead, they get a freak-out as the cops play cruel games with them.
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