Look Mom, I’m High!

CANNABIS CULTURE – Mark-Paul Gosselaar played Zach on “Saved by the Bell” and went on to TV roles as cops, as well as racing NASCAR-style cars to benefit kids with cancer. Not exactly your average poster child for marijuana.

Gosselaar just guested on George Lopez’s show, and since he is Dutch, Lopez remarked, “They’re very liberal with the herbal stuff.”

“Yeah, they like to get high,” was the immediate response (to audience cheers). Gosselaar recounted that he got high in Amsterdam with his mother when he was 18, although she tried to say she wasn’t (but in a really high voice). Lopez countered that when he was 14, he went out to dinner with his grandparents and had to drive home because they both got hammered.

Asked if by Lopez if he ever Twittered under the influence, Gosselaar answered, “I’ve twittered while I’m loose.” Lopez suggested, “Let’s get your mom, let’s all get some hash and tweet high.” Sounds like a great idea. Except instead Gosselaar demonstrated how to shotgun a beer, with Lopez joking, “Now drink responsibly…”

Last year Gosselaar appeared as a hot bartender who succumbs to Nancy’s charms in Weeds. His mother Paula is Dutch-Indonesian.

So far a poll at Lifelime.com shows Gosselaar’s revelation makes him more, not less loveable (by 60-40%).

Gosselear isn’t the first young stud to admit to smoking with his parents. Matt Damon grew up in a community house with his child psychologist mother and his stepfather, and said on BBC’s Johnny Vaughan Tonight, “The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and stepfather. They were like, ‘If you are going to do this, we’d rather you did this with us.'” Damon appeared in “Oceans 12,” filmed in part in an Amsterdam coffeehouse.

Debbie Reynolds suggested she and daughter Carrie Fisher try grass together, but instead Carrie experimented with a friend and later, Harrison Ford, whose ultra-strong (hallucinogenic-tobacco-laden?) pot “did me in.”

So let’s count: three adults, two who smoked pot with their parents and don’t have drug abuse problems; one who didn’t and does. Frank Zappa once asked, “Do you ever get drunk with your kids?” meaning (I think) do you ever treat them like adults? I would ask the same about pot: do we teach our about kids proper, respectful use or do we expect them to learn (or mis-learn) about adult behaviors on their own?

Ellen Komp is an activist, writer, and regular contributor to Cannabis Culture. She manages the website VeryImportantPotheads.com and blogs at Tokin Woman.



  1. VIPelle on

    I should have said, “Not exactly your stereotypical stoner, as portrayed by the media,” or words to that effect.

  2. undrgrndgirl on

    “Not exactly your average poster child for marijuana.”

    why? why? why does even cannabis culture magazine perpetuate the stereotype of the cannabis user (that of the slacker stoner)? seems to me gosselaar SHOULD be the poster child for cannabis users as most cannabis users are thoughtful, engaged, successful people who often engage in pursuits that benefit others…perhaps we should be asking why gosselaar (and others like him) isn’t/aren’t the poster child/ren for cannabis.

  3. Ellen Komp on

    I wrote to a journalist friend who’d interviewed Zappa about this comment. He replied:

    “Zappa was publicly a very anti-drug guy.  Who really knows in his private life.  Publicly he always said he was a happily married guy, but privately he was known to have had affairs with a lot of of women.  He was a very liberal dad and his kids turned out pretty well.  Of course a lot of the child rearing was done by his wife.  My guess is he did get drunk with his kids.”

    In any case, we’re all just speculating and I should have refrained from doing so about someone with such a uniquely keen intellect as Zappa’s. But I’m not sorry i opened a debate about the topic at large.


  4. Rich on

    When he asked that, it was far from treating them like adults, it was a commentary on the lack of parental responsibility people have with their kids, and being a bad role model for them. Zappa was militantly anti-drug and his point was how parents were too busy getting wasted to pay attention to what their children were up to. I smoke weed, and I believe it to be much safer than alcohol, but it’s not something I would encourage or push on my kids, not until they reached a certain age of responsibility. Some adults don’t reach that level of maturity and responsibility, and passing that along to their kids is not a good thing.