A Golden Age of Marijuana-Themed Movies

“Call it cinema’s stoned age. Films featuring characters using marijuana have mushroomed. ‘Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay’ grossed nearly $15 million on its opening weekend, which might portend a big opening for August’s ‘Pineapple Express,’ a Judd Apatow-produced comedy about a pot smoker and his supplier on the run. Also: ‘The Wackness,’ with Ben Kingsley as a bong-using psychiatrist; ‘Humboldt County,’ in which a medical student spends a summer in a marijuana-farming town; and ‘Super High Me,’ with comedian Doug Benson using the drug for 30 days.”

Questions abound: Is the new rash of pot-themed films a sinister Hollywood plot to promote drug use, or does it merely reflect increasing society-wide tolerance for marijuana-smoking? Do such films actually promote the acceptance of pot-usage as normal and non-harmful, or do they damage the cause by maintaining tired ‘stoner’ stereotypes?