More Television Characters Are Going To Pot

More Television Characters Are Going To Pot
Posted by CN Staff on July 31, 2005 at 20:36:00 PT
By Gary Strauss, USA Today
Source: USA Today 
USA -- Is Hollywood going one toke over the line? Marijuana use is cropping up on some critically acclaimed shows, and anti-drug forces fear the glamorization of pot could boost its use among youths.Who's lighting up: Pot is an ongoing theme on HBO's Entourage (Sundays, 10 ET/PT), which centers on a rising young movie star and his New York buddies who have gone Hollywood. Sunday's episode features two teens getting high at a bat mitzvah.
 Streetwise Maurice "Smoke" Williams (Kirk Jones) lit up on last week's premiere of Over There (Wednesdays, 10 ET/PT), FX's gritty Iraq war drama. Marijuana is the core premise of Showtime dramedy Weeds (Mondays, 10 ET/PT), a dark version of Desperate Housewives suburbia with Mary-Louise Parker as a pot-dealing soccer mom. In Sunday's special preview, a teen sells pot to grade-schoolers until Parker's character blackmails him to stop.Recurring or episodic pot themes also have fueled HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, FX's Rescue Me and Fox's That' 70s Show.Hollywood's embellishment of marijuana use is "irresponsible," says Tom Riley of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy.Shows that tacitly approve of pot-smoking, particularly comedies, may exacerbate its use, says Steve Dnistrian of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. "These are trendsetting shows. They affect behavior and attitudes, particularly teens. When glamorization of drugs has climbed, changes in teen attitudes followed."Snipped:Complete Article: USA Today (US)Author: Gary Strauss, USA TodayPublished: July 31, 2005Copyright: 2005 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: Article & Web Site:Marijuana Policy Project Showtime Series Weeds Out Housewives -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #4 posted by stoner spirit on August 02, 2005 at 17:11:12 PT:
The government cries about cannabis, but they don't cry, bitch, and moan about alcahal and tobaco. There's something wrong there, isn't it? I think there is, but what does the government care? Not a hole lot, they want you to die, not live a good life with the good herb.
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Comment #3 posted by runderwo on August 02, 2005 at 08:12:05 PT
yeah, ok
Yet we aren't concerned enough about cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption on-screen to issue alarming press releases about them. Yawn.
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Comment #2 posted by OverwhelmSam on August 01, 2005 at 05:13:26 PT
I Knew It Wouldn't Be Long..
...before the government started censoring Hollywood about using marijuana in the movies and on television. My hope is that Hollywood collectively tells the government and pharmaceutical companies to shove their little sobriety freak attitude. There just jealous that they don't have a drug on the shelf that's as popular as weed.
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Comment #1 posted by jose melendez on July 31, 2005 at 21:26:58 PT
Reality sans T.V.
Cop Kills Tourist Near Mexican Drug War Checkpoint
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