Monday, August 31, 2009
Marijuana Pop Culture Timeline
High points in recent pot culture history
August 30, 2009
Tommy Chong hires improv comedian Richard "Cheech" Marin to perform
between the bands and strippers at his family's Vancouver, Canada, night
club. Nine years later, the godfathers of the stoner flick give birth to
their first movie, "Up in Smoke."
Bill Clinton experiments with marijuana during this period while in
England, but doesn't manage to actually inhale, thus preserving himself
for a future stint as two-term occupant of the White House.
Tom Forcade founds High Times magazine to do for drugs what Playboy did
for sex -- complete with glossy pot-plant centerfolds.
Reggae musician Peter Tosh releases his solo debut album, "Legalize It."
The title track will become the de facto anthem of the marijuana
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" sets the Gen X stereotype in stoner with
Sean Penn's bong-smoking, wave-catching surf rat Jeff Spicoli. Aloha,
John Hughes' recipe for a classic: Take five high school stereotypes
burning off a morning of detention, add one joint and mix well. The
result is "The Breakfast Club," a movie sunny-side up on the bonding
aspect of getting baked.
Dr. Dre releases his first solo hip-hop album, "The Chronic," which
takes its name from a slang term for high-quality weed and its cover art
from a package of Zig-Zag rolling papers. The album gets high on the
charts -- going triple platinum in its first year of release.
Set on the final day of high school in 1976, Richard Linklater's "Dazed
and Confused" was shamelessly pro-pot with tag lines that included "Weed
rules" and "See it with a bud." Coincidentally, it's one of the last
times anyone can remember seeing Matthew McConaughey wearing a shirt.
California voters pass Proposition 215, making the Golden State the
first state to allow the medical use of marijuana. By mid-2009, a dozen
other states have passed similar measures.
Showtime's "Weeds" gives the neighborhood drug dealer an extreme
makeover -- and more than a dime bag of sympathy -- by introducing
suburban soccer mom Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), who turns to
peddling pot after her husband dies.
Pot comedy "Pineapple Express" opens; America gets a pot dealer who
looks like James Franco. The movie goes on to make a smokin' $101.6
million at box offices worldwide.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated gold medalist in Olympic history,
shatters the stoner-slacker stereotype by being photographed smoking out
of a water pipe at a party in South Carolina.
At President Obama's webcast town hall meeting, the top-submitted
question was about legalizing marijuana to help end the recession. The
president's response against it crushes a collective buzz.
Kalpen Modi, who as Kal Penn portrayed the stoner Kumar of "Harold &
Kumar Go to White Castle" fame, heads to the White House to serve as
associate director of the Office of Public Engagement. Minds can be
heard blowing on college campuses around the country.
-- Adam Tschorn
http://www.latimes. com/features/ image/la- ig-potside30- 2009aug30, 0,981958\