In a recent interview, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman – who stars in the new Danny McBride/James Franco comedy Your Highness – says she is a fan of the genre of “stoner” comedies.
“I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven’t smoked in years,” Portman told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m too old. I wish I was that cool, but I’m like an old lady now. I’m in bed by 10 p.m. I can’t do that anymore.”
You’ll find a lot of people who don’t consume cannabis enjoying the cannabis-related comedy; after all, these movies – if they are done well – are comedy first and foremost. Laughter is universal. Cheech and Chong’s best comedy is based on weed, but weed isn’t why they are funny people; they just are.
That’s not to say cannabis uses aren’t drawn to these movies in some part because they involve marijuana and they can relate. But people like Natalie Portman don’t smoke weed, so they are drawn by comedy 100%. It’s an interesting dynamic, but no matter why people are drawn to movies involving marijuana, it’s a good thing. The more cannabis becomes accepted in the mainstream, the closer the day comes when we realize our goal of full legalization.