You ever watched Netflix…on weed? Well you should and maybe you should watch something about weed while you’re at it. I mean, why not? Netflix is loaded with movies and tv shows about pot and we have four that you might like to get a whirl.
1. Super High Me
This is my absolute favorite cannabis-themed documentary. I could probably watch it once a day, every day and not get bored – if it was necessary. I was vaguely familiar with Doug Benson before this documentary and slightly obsessed for a few months after it.
In this brilliant film (okay, maybe I’m overstating it) we follow very funny man – comedian Doug Benson. We catch Doug right before he begins an epic adventure and we get to experience it right alongside him. Doug is going to QUIT smoking weed at all for one month, and then smoke weed EVERY day for a month. It is a play on the documentary Super Size Me during which the subject eats McDonalds for every meal, every day, for one month. This makes for not only a very interesting film, filled with jokes on jokes (cause you know, Benson is a comedian) but it also makes a good argument for marijuana. Because in the film, Benson goes through a battery of physical and psychological tests to get a read on his body sober. He takes the same tests during the month of everyday consumption and would you believe that he wasn’t any worse off than during the month he was sober?
Canceled after only one season, this series didn’t last very long, did it? You have really got to give it to Kathy Bates though for trying. She has had a pretty storied career to be signing up for a pot-themed sitcom made by Netflix. BUT she did it.
Disjointed is based on matriarch Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, played by Bates. Feldman is a long time cannabis advocate and now has a pot dispensary in California. Hilarity ensues (or was meant to ensue) when Feldman’s grown son Travis and a group of kooky young budtenders run the place.
Weeds was a pretty groundbreaking Showtime show (aren’t they all). It aired beginning in 2005 and for much of America, it was a first peek into the world of cannabis, albeit the black market. The show spanned eight seasons and centered around nearly widowed mother of two boys, Nancy Botwin. Embodied by the always flowing Mary Louise Parker, Nancy’s husband has just died and she has a massive load of bills to pay – and no real way to pay them. In order to keep her sons in the family home, she decides to take up selling weed. With her late husband’s (somewhat idiot) brother in the house to help out, Nancy must navigate dangerous waters in order to keep afloat.
4. Rolling Papers
I MIGHT be a little partial to this one because, well, I am actually in it. Rolling Papers is a documentary chronicles the first year of legal weed coverage in 2014 by The Denver Posts’ The Cannabist. It primarily followed The Cannabists’ editor at the time, Ricardo Baca. It also featured a few of the digital publication’s writers. I was lucky enough to be one of those writers. I never imagined I would be filmed over the course of a year for a real-life documentary, but it happened.
Honestly, I am not sure if I like it because I am in it or because it is good. You tell me.