Illegal smiles: Pot comedy returns

July 29, 2008
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Variety reports today that "Up in Smoke" comedy legends Cheech and Chong will be hitting the road for the first time in 25 years. Their national tour, titled "Hey, What's that Smell?" will be announced tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the latest comedy from Judd ("Knocked Up") Apatow arrives in theaters soon. "Pineapple Express," about a stoner (Seth Rogen, big surprise) and his dealer on the run, opens next week.

A trend? A reflection of how pot has become an acceptable part of society? Or is it just fun to watch wasted people? And can "Bill and Ted!: The Musical" be far behind?

Your thoughts?
  • It is just fun to watch wasted and high people.
  • It's more fun to BE a wasted or high person watching wasted or high people, LOL/JK

    Dave's not here...
  • It serves as a reminder that if marijuana were legalized in this country, hundreds of thousands of people wouldn't be sent to prison every year for possession, and thousands of law enforcement officers could devote their efforts to fighting real crimes.
  • Who knew Cheech and Chong were still alive??!!

    (or are they??)
  • Darn baby boomers...wanting to reminisce. Some of us can relate as we watch scenes unfold in a pungently smokey room. Gosh, I wonder if C&C will be able to pull this off? Will they be able to remember their schtick or will it be real time?

    Acceptable? Seems quite a few people, including professionals, continue to use weed recreationally - just not in front of their neighbors. So it is acceptable just not openly. It's a cockatil, of sorts, that is smoked. I'm going to stop before it sounds like I've been imbibing (and I haven't) - just afternoon ramblings.
  • It is not only acceptable, it is natural. If the drug makers could figure out a way to patent it, it would be legal. Funny society that makes something so natural illegal while pushing there own concoctions such as prozac and the like. Actually, it's not funny, it's profit and all about the numbers. Cheers to C&C. Welcome back. Not all pot smokers are stoners stuck on the couch. Some of us are very productive.
  • Echoing Mike above....if you have every spent any time in the Indiana prison system (let me define this...I worked in a support role) you would understand how much we spend, as taxpayers, to house and feed non-violent criminals whose worse offense is some pot. Marijuana was made illegal in the '30's due to racism (black jazz players in the east, Mexicans in the west) and because of William Randolph Hearst didn't want hemp in competion with the vast tracts of forests that he had to feed his empire focused on yellow journalism. Plus, Dupont did not want hemp as supplanting their new discovery-nylon. So follow the money folks. But let's continue to allow the few to dictate their bigotry, morals and financial interests to define what is best for the masses.
  • clearly it should be legal. otherwise someone would get on here and make a speech about it. i have yet to meet one person that thinks it should be illegal and i work in a professional environment. safer than prescription drugs and booze. usually more fun.
  • Yikes! Do you people realize that about 65 cents out of every dollar you folks spend on reefer goes to fund a war somewhere. The type of war that puts guns in the hands of children and victimizes tens of millions of innocent people every year. Most of that grass you folks are smoking doesn't come from your neighbors basement or back yards, it comes from a war monger in a third world corner. Smoke it up my friends. Smoke it up.
  • Merv:
    That's the best reason in the world to legalize it. When we had prohibition who brought the liquor to the masses? Who had the wars in the streets of Chicago and other metro areas? Organized crime, not much different than the 3rd world countries you are talking about. Legalize it, cultivate it on farms and tax it. Not such a bizarre idea.
  • FYI: The tour will be comign to the Murat Theatre September 19.

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