Weeds finale imagines marijuana stores owned by Starbucks: Colorado's future?

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Last night marked the finale of Showtime's Weeds, a series about cannabis selling that's sparked love and hate among local tokers. (Recall its satire of the Colorado pot industry and one character's recent claim that marijuana isn't medical.) Expect a similarly wide range of responses to a prediction in the wrap-up that weed will be legalized and commercialized into a biz coveted by Starbucks.

The last ep leaped forward in time; the number of years isn't specified, but protagonist Nancy Botwin's son Stevie, who'd been around six years old when last seen, is readying for his Bar Mitzvah. For her part, Nancy (played by Mary-Louise Parker) owns a chain of fifty marijuana shops.

This operation was largely financed by money provided in an under-the-table manner by a representative of the tobacco industry, who earlier in the season bankrolled Nancy's grower-son Silas (Hunter Parrish). Early on, however, Mr. Tobacco calls Nancy to reveal that the company's just received a huge acquisition offer -- from Starbucks, whose interior design was clearly the inspiration for the Botwin shops.

At first, Nancy rejects this idea -- but after a stressful series of family exchanges, she ultimately decides to sell, setting into motion a presumed future in which marijuana-infused beverages are sold in Tall, Grande and Venti sizes.

A funny notion? Sure, but what's the likelihood of it happening? Hard to say. Current polling shows Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, leading among likely voters. But even if it passes -- and it's premature to make any predictions at this point -- a business model for recreational users will take years to sort out even without interference from the federal government, which certainly seems like a strong possibility at this point.

In other words, don't sink a lot of money into franchising plans quite yet. But don't laugh off the Weeds vision of tomorrow, either.

Here's a clip from earlier in the final episode.

More from our Television & Film archive: "Weeds satirizes CO medical marijuana scene, suggests parents smoke pot before kids concerts."


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Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Weeds did nothing but give people who know nothing about weed the feeling they know everything about the industry...fuck that show, thank god it's over. Hasn't been worth watching since season 3.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

First off, its a TV show. It is sad to see it go, but its hard to believe Weeds is any closer to reality than CSI.

 

Second. I loved Weeds, great show, great cast, could have used more Conrad.

 

And lastly, Paul Vincent Saurini: I am sure you prefer your cartel swag.

Chriss Hoffman
Chriss Hoffman

Sad to see one of the best comedy/drama shows come to an end.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Thats what all you "make it legal" people are going to get, corporate weed. Enjoy! don't worry i will still have some "home grown" available.

malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Talk to your children!

 

Kids can ask some tough questions but those concerning prohibition are actually fairly easy to answer. Be straightforward: Explain concisely just how the unconscionable acts of parasitic prohibitionists at all levels of our bi-partisan police-state have raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootleggin­g; ­

How these despicable monsters have creating a prison-for­-profit synergy with evil drug lords and terrorists; 

How they were able to remove many of our cherished and important civil liberties;

How they've ensured that many previously unknown and contaminate­d drugs keep appearing on our streets, in our schools, and even in our prisons; 

How they've overcrowd­ing the courts and prisons, making it increasing­ly impossible to curtail the people who are really hurting and terrorizing­ others; 

And how they've helped to evolve local street gangs into transnatio­nal enterprise­s with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, and with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

 

After you've explained all that: Show them how prohibitionists have manipulated well-meaning but gullible parents for decades; read them the following quote from Adolf Hitler's “Mein Kampf”

 

"The State must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." 

 

Finally, our children need to know that It's always possible to prevent a dire situation turning into an irreversible and very bleak one; kindly explain to them what our very wise forefathers did back in 1933!

 

Educate, regulate, and tax! 

 

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

Would the starbucks weed be laced with added addictive chemicals like cigarettes are now??? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Paul Vincent Saurini
Paul Vincent Saurini

I prefer regular people to have boutique outlets. I don't want corporate weed. I want it grown by a gardener who loves what he/she does. In the world where Starbucks sells weed, do regular people get to grow it without fear? Is that a regulation scenario that will let little common regular people pursue a successful life with this abundant resource? Huh? Huh? Huh?

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I hope not! We need a grandfather clause to protect those that are already in business!

DenverDubstep
DenverDubstep

@DenverWestword @weeds we've got more dispensaries than Starbucks #goodstart

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @nemopunk15 Love the post -- especially the Conrad shout-out. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

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