Hollywood has always been a land of contradictions. For years, celebrities and executives have touted progressive politics while creating works that systematically slight minorities and women, and promote gun violence (though all this may change very soon).
When it comes to weed, politics are similarly hard to pin down. The last couple of years have seen a cash grab for weed content in creative media, with new shows such as HBO’s High Maintenance, Netflix’s Disjointed, MTV’s Mary + Jane, and other shows in the works that explicitly deal with the subject.
But inside the very offices that create these shows, cannabis permissiveness varies. Many big media companies drug test their employees, while others just frown on it. One anonymous TV showrunner told Leafly that back in the 1990s, she “used to openly smoke in my office and sometimes in after-hour creative sessions. I remember one meeting for a TV special where nothing was happening so I pulled out a joint. Nobody cared.”
But she contends that as studios were bought up by conglomerates, the atmosphere became more corporate and “Everyone became more uptight,” though “not about sexual misconduct.”
Still, she says, in her long career, she’s never been drug tested. “Why would employers try to stop something that aids in creativity and makes them money?”
Light cannabis use is even tolerated in public. The likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Sarah Silverman have both openly hit vape pens during award shows. Before this year’s Academy Awards, some cannabis companies were seen pimping their wares to celebrities next to high-end cosmetic and health and wellness brands at a pre-show promotional event in the Beverly Hilton. These were, however, restricted to high end CBD products, and no smoking or vaping was done openly on the premises.
But next year, with more than twelve months of cannabis legalization behind it, you might just see some moon rocks and shatter in the gift bags of Michael B. Jordan and Jennifer Lawrence.