R.I.P. Robin Williams: The Craziest, Most Wonderful One

CANNABIS CULTURE – The sad news of legendary comedian Robin Williams’ death from an apparent suicide left many with unanswered questions and assumptions about his struggles with depression and drug abuse.

Williams was never afraid to joke about the subject of drugs and alcohol and made various comments about cannabis over the years.

Williams told a joke about Nixon and pot in “Good Morning Vietnam,” and I’d known about his famous bit comparing alcohol with marijuana. I always wanted to contact the Northern California resident and Comic Relief co-host about doing a benefit for marijuana reform; then I would realize that since he had problems with cocaine and alcohol, he had to be “sober” at all times.

“When you clean up your act, you either get married or go to court,” he joked recently on VIP Craig Ferguson‘s show, where he was wearing a pot leaf motif tie (pictured) but said he couldn’t smoke it because it made him laugh too much (which it seems like would have been a good thing for him).

In his latest riff on pot, Williams jokes about California wildfires being extra dangerous because, “Those parks are full of weed!” He says if they legalize it they’re going to have to label it with a Surgeon General’s warning saying, “This will make your music AWESOME!”

Williams smoked weed and ate pot brownies onscreen in 2009’s “World’s Greatest Dad” (to the tune of, “When I get high/This world’s so nice”). The film, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, has the strange plot of Williams’s teenage son dying by autoerotic asphyxiation, and his father covering it up by writing his son’s suicide note and making it look like a hanging.

Williams, who was set to reprise his role as Mrs. Doubtfire, starred in the “The Crazy Ones” on CBS, but the series was cancelled in May. Two of the more remarkable roles he left us with are in the Oscar-nominated movie “Awakenings,” based on a book by VIP Oliver Sacks, and “Moscow on the Hudson,” directed by VIP Paul Mazursky. Williams said his voicing of the Genie in Aladdin was influenced by VIP Lord Buckley. In his youth, he worked at a busboy at Sausalito’s Trident restaurant, owned by VIP Frank Werber.

A wise woman recently opined to me that the youth aren’t feeling the spiritual effect of marijuana because of their preference for the less mind-expanding strains like the OGs; the couch-lock varieties Williams called “California catatonic.” I’ve encountered a lot of younger men who were fed Ritalin in their youth and seem to need something like that to take the edge off. And it’s too bad the father in the “World’s Greatest Dad” felt he had to hide his marijuana use from his troubled son.

If anyone could be said to be hyperactive, it was the brilliant comedian Robin Williams. I couldn’t help thinking: if he’d been able to puff a little Blue Dream now and then, perhaps he wouldn’t have been so depressed. Our great loss.

VIP Barack Obama issued a statement on Williams’ passing.

Ellen Komp is Deputy Director of California NORML and a regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. She manages the website VeryImportantPotheads.com and blogs at Tokin Woman.

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