Weeds satirizes CO medical marijuana scene, suggests parents smoke pot before kids concerts
If ever there was a television program in the perfect position to satirize marijuana of the medical (and non-medical) type in Colorado, it's Showtime's Weeds.
And in the latest episode from the sixth season -- an impressively strong one for such a long-running series -- the entertainingly dysfunctional Botwin family did just that, with a focus on the MMJ supply chain and the importance of pot for parents hoping to survive childrens concerts.
This year, the Botwins -- mom Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker), kids Silas (Hunter Parish), Shane (Alexander Gould) and baby Stevie, joined by uncle Andy (Justin Kirk) and ne'er-do-well former councilman Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) -- have been on the run after Shane used a croquet mallet to kill the ruthless political advisor of Nancy's husband, a corrupt Mexican politician.
Hence, the graphic that opened the show: "Somewhere in Colorado."
The first scene finds Andy and Silas chatting up a massive guy wearing an "Estes Park" T-shirt outside a nondescript building that's presumably a medical marijuana center. They explain that they'd "go into the dispensary ourselves, but since you're the supplier, you can cut out the middle man."
Mary-Louise Parker (Nancy) and Justin Kirk (Andy) from last night's episode.
The pair add that they "drive from state to state, spreading our message -- a sometimes gooey, baked message of hope" to "sick children," "glaucomic people" and "all people in need" -- some of them "people in other states less progressively minded than Colorado."
Mr. Estes Park considers this spiel for a beat before asking, "So you're drug dealers?"
"Pretty much," Andy admits.
"Cool," the guy says, clearly ready to make a purchase from a source that could hardly be less legitimate in the eyes of local law enforcers.
The Colorado moments don't end there...