Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (for Drug Legalization)

CANNABIS CULTURE – Zach Galifianakis smokes so much pot, sometimes he forgets to smoke it. At least that’s what he told the audience of Saturday Night Live last weekend during his opening monologue.

Actually he wrote it – or displayed it – on a large pad of white paper after he tore off his clothing to reveal Annie‘s little red dress underneath and started singing “Tomorrow” (is only a day away).

A few sheets of paper before, he wrote “Clap if you endorse legalized marijuana” and then “I am ashamed of this audience” and then “There should have been a lot more clapping”.

Watch the video from NBC’s SNL:

This isn’t the first time the bearded funnyman has pulled a pot-related stunt on television to make a political statement.

“It’s a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon, cause I think that maybe people see it as taboo still,” Galifianakis said during a discussion about California’s 2010 legalization during an October appearance on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, before he pulled out what looked like a joint and sparked it up.

Watch the video from Real Time:

Zach stars in the recent films The Hangover and Due Date, the latter of which features a pot-smoking scene where he is transformed into a wolf.

The issue of psychoactive drugs popped up in another recent episode of of Saturday Night Live hosted by salvia-smoking teen celebrity Miley Cyrus.

During a sketch, “The Miley Cyrus Show”, featuring SNL regular Vanessa Bayer playing Miley Cyrus and the real Miley Cyrus playing pop star Justin Bieber, Bayer remarked, “so your growing up – like me doing salvia. Did you know I smoked salvia?”

Cyrus (as Bieber) replied, “Well you know there’s no reason why you wouldn’t, because it’s totally legal yo!”

Watch the video from SNL:

Saturday Night Live has undoubtedly been a forum for political expression over the years, and references to marijuana litter the shows archives. Check out this advertisement for the American Dope Growers Union from an April 1977 episode of SNL:

Galifianakis didn’t try to light up any joints during his SNL appearance; maybe he remembered when Cypress Hill tried that during an October 1993 appearance on the show and were banned.

Oddly, the part of Galifianakis’ monologue that feature him singing and advocating marijuana legalization was cut out before being posted on the NBC website because of music clearances issues.

Jeremiah Vandermeer is editor of Cannabis Culture. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  1. gstlab3 on

    WE ARE ALL COMBATANTS.,THE WALKING WOUNDED.

    IF YOU WILL FOR ONE MOMENT THINK OF THIS AS A WAR FOR YOUR LOYALTIES AND YOUR FAITH. IT IS BEING REPLACED BY THIS ONE WORLD ORDER.
    A BANKING CARTEL RUN SLAVE CAMP., A PERFECT GOVERNMENT RUN UTOPIA.
    THESE WAR MAKERS SAY THEY ENVISION WORLD PEACE AND UNITY?!?!?

    I DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THIS MADNESS.,
    I AM PREPARING FOR COMPLETE SOCIAL COLLAPSE AND WORLD WIDE EPEDEMICS FROM
    PRE EXISTING AND NEO BIOLOGICAL AGENTS.

    WE ARE SCREWED IF THE UNITED STATES FALLS INTO THESE HANDS OF THE DIVIDE AND CONQURE TYPES THE TWO PARTY SPIN CYCLE OF BAIT AND SWITCH .,

    THE COMMUNISTS HAVE US ALL IN THIER SIGHTS.

    THIS IS BY DESIGN AND STEALTH.

  2. Anonymous on

    Revolution is in the air! From Wikipedia: “…[P]rotests are an unprecedented revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests which have been taking place in the Middle East and North Africa… To date, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have seen revolutions of historical consequence, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman and Yemen have all seen major protests… The protests have shared… the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to organise, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of attempts at state repression…”

    YOU THINK ITS A GOOD IDEA TO BRING THIS GARBAGE TO OUR COUNTRY>????? FOR WEED?
    AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED, ALL THESE COUNTRIES LISTED FOR THEIR REVOLUTION CAN GO TO HELL. STOP USING THESE MIDDLE EAST OBSESSED GOOFS TO PUT IN THE MIDDLE OF WEED LEGALIZATION. IF YOU LIKE EGYPT AND LIBYA, then GO TO AFRICA You 3rd world loving Media loving propaganda loving retard!

    I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO SHUT THEIR FACE AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! FUCK LEGALIZATION, I AM NOT A PUPPET WAITING FOR A POSSIBLE FREEDOM FROm THE GOVERNMENT, You’ll get treated like a drunk looney if you’re on weed, and arrested for smoking in public, you will get HOG-TIED from the police because POLICE STATE EXISTS! It will be worse that illegal weed!

  3. Davesnot Here on

    Revolution is in the air! From Wikipedia: “…[P]rotests are an unprecedented revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests which have been taking place in the Middle East and North Africa… To date, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have seen revolutions of historical consequence, Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman and Yemen have all seen major protests… The protests have shared… the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to organise, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of attempts at state repression…”

    What does that mean to us? The time for a Marijuana Revolution in America is now!

    We must use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, photo and video hosting sites and other social media tools to bombard/swamp/deluge/flood all elected officials — at the local, state and federal level — with our discontent/dissatisfaction/disgust over America’s failed war on marijuana. Most elected officials today are maintaining and monitoring Twitter and Facebook feeds/pages; it is up to us to leverage this new media to get our message out — LOUD and CLEAR!

    We must monitor the local and national news for “Marijuana injustices”. For example, in New York City, possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana is punishable by a fine of $100 for the first offense; despite this, NYC cops are known to trick users into showing their weed, at which point they can cite them for possession of any amount in public where the marijuana is burning or open to public view, which is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable by up to three months in jail and a fine up to $500. We must be on the look out for these situations and we must use these new social media tools to HIGHLIGHT these police infringements on our rights. Wherever we find intolerance, or police misbehavior contrary to the letter and intent of the law, we must publicize it!

    As the US military is under a continual and unblinking eye of scrutiny the world over, so must the cops that are currently running roughshod on our rights as American citizens! I recommend, as a matter of policy, that we document with camera and video image every police action that we see.

    We must post what we see on the Facebook pages of our elected officials, our commentary in the comments sections of online newspapers, and we must blog our thoughts about these misuses of our tax dollars. We must upload our media to Youtube, Flickr and other hosting sites for the world to see.

    We have to be heard expressing our dismay over the current state of affairs!!! This is bullshit and only we can change it, straight people may be willing to go along with decriminalization/legalization efforts, but we can not expect them to spearhead this for us!!!

    The Constitution of the United States of America does not give our federal government the power to create or enforce these bullshit laws. The Tenth Amendment explicitly states the Constitution’s principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution are reserved to the states or the people.
    Gonzales v. Raich was a decision by the United States Supreme Court ruling that under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, the United States Congress may criminalize the production and use of home-grown cannabis even where states approve its use for medicinal purposes. This ruling is specious at best. Again — the burden is on us, the dope smokers, to fight this!!! We have to be heard or continue to suffer under this persecution!

    I believe the time is right. We can do this now. Americans support allowing us to burn in the privacy of our homes, provided we aren’t smoking up with children, or driving stoned, or going to work stoned, or smoking in public, or pushing for “rights” that would underwrite stoned behaviors — for example suing my workplace for medical treatment necessitated by my personal marijuana use.

    I welcome your thoughts…

    http://partyseeking.blogspot.com/2011/03/call-to-arms-fingers-marijuana.html

  4. Anonymous on

    Well, I used so much pot I got a 100 on a university genetics test… it is an injustice to describe cannabis like the ‘memory loss drug’. Once familiar with the effects, memory loss can be overcome, and importantly, it varies by strain… also, responsible use is important.