Weeds Goes Legit

The eighth and final season of
Weeds, the Showtime dramedy about a suburban housewife
turned pot dealer, anticipates the legalization of marijuana in the
near future. When her green-thumbed son Silas hooks up with a
tobacco executive who is secretly preparing for the day when his
company can sell another dried weed, Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise
Parker) is repelled by the idea, preferring her vision of cannabis
cafés selling MILF, Silas’ signature strain.
How realistic is this scenario? Weeds gives short
shrift to resistance from Washington, D.C., ignoring the federal
government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and its
monopoly on legal cultivation of the plant. But some recent polls
have found that most Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, an
issue that was on the ballot in three states this year. Growing
tolerance of cannabis, a trend that shows like Weeds both
reflect and reinforce, suggests Silas could well live to realize
his dream of sending his product out into the world. —Jacob
Sullum

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