Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s Jeff Spicoli is one of the most beloved stoner characters of all time. Spicoli was the movie’s pothead as well as avid surfer. Spicoli knew how to live the weed way, even going as far starting his first day of school hotboxing in the parking lot, ending up too tardy to attend his first class, and creating a nemesis of his history teacher, Mr. Hand.
Not to be forgotten is the genius of Spicoli when he orders pizza to be delivered to him in class. Between inadvertently motivating the football star to win the big game and saving a store from robbery, his antics contributed to the greater good and that can’t be all bad.
Cheech & Chong
Watching Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s 1978 cult classic, is a rite of passage for potheads. This drowsy duo is known for their comedy, releasing both albums and films. They split in the mid-1980s, doing only sporadic appearances and the occasional comedy tour since. Fret not; Cheech and Chong have developed a script for a new film and are playing with the idea of including Snoop Lion to the mix. It can’t get much better than this for the stoner crowd.
Slater from Dazed and Confused is the group’s stoner and is notorious for the marijuana leaf shirt he shamelessly wore and his conspiracy theories involving George and Martha smoking weed. Listening to his semi-nonsensical commentary, and his tendency to unsuccessfully call shotgun, it’s clear he’s harmless, not to mention really amusing. Society could use more Slaters, no?
Saul Silver is the stoner that can’t help but touch your heart. Taking his role way beyond drug dealer to that of cherished friend, Saul stays by his faithful client, Dale’s side (playing by Seth Rogen) through many hazy trials and tribulations as they run for their lives from a powerful drug lord. Though his exposing marijuana to children may be less than desirable, he teaches us that being a great friend means being there through the thick (smoke) and thin (smoke).
Jeff Bridges as The Dude in the Coen Brother’s, The Big Lebowski, is so convincing that it’s hard to imagine the actor with any other demeanor than that of a slacker with a penchant for marijuana and White Russians. In fact, Bridges along with Bernie Glassman penned The Dude and the Zen Master, a book comparing The Dude with a Lamed-Vivnik, or a Jewish mystic. The world might benefit from a little less stress and a little more zen.
Ladies love weed too! Victoria, the pothead sister on the breakout primetime sitcom, Mike & Molly, is the definition of ‘adorable.’ From curing a pooch’s blues with trusty Mary Jane to inviting her free-spirit, hippy drug dealer to move in with her and her family, Victoria is a lot of fun and not hard to look at, either. Victoria, we salute you for introducing cannabis to primetime (and not on HBO)!