Gabriel Sunday’s ‘Dope State’ could be the future of stoner comedy

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Marijuana is likely to be appropriate some time,” comedy legend Lenny Bruce once predicted, “because the law that is many who now smoke pot will someday become congressmen and legalize it in order to protect themselves.”

This YouTube series is the first post-prohibition that is great comedy.

A Legendarily performer that is fearless Bruce was famously arrested numerous times in the 1960s for freely expressing himself on drugs, religion, politics, sex and other taboo topics of the day. He also wrote and self-published a satirical pamphlet called The Pot Smokers that coolly mocked the era’s hype and hysteria around cannabis.

As for his prediction of impending legalization, it did come to pass—at least in most of the country while it may have taken two generations longer than promised.

But while stoner humor has definitely developed since Lenny Bruce’s time, just what Up in Smoke, Friday, Dazed and Confused, Harold and Kumar, Pineapple Express, Broad City, High Maintenance as well as other touchstones associated with the genre all share in accordance is prohibition.

Dope State could be the very first post-prohibition that is great comedy.

It features performances from Dan Harmon, Adrian Grenier, Sam Jay, The Lucas Brothers, Dana Snyder, and Ron Lynch, and you can binge it for free on YouTube right now.

Roll one up and check the trailer out.

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Years into the making

I first talked with Dope State creator Gabriel Sunday in 2015 as he contacted me personally as an element of their earliest research to the life of a cannabis journalist. We invested a couple of hours from him again.For with him on the phone, sharing stories from my long run as a High Times editor and more recently as a columnist and video host/producer with VICE.To be honest, I kinda never expected to hear me, watching

Dope State was like screening Spinal Tap

if you happened to be a roadie for Led Zeppelin.Instead, he’d pop up every few months with a question that is new their character or some part of weed culture. I really could inform he actually desired to do their research as opposed to depend on tired tropes that are old stereotypes. But nothing prepared me for the pleasure of watching a rough cut of Dope State for the first time.I can only describe the experience as akin to screening

Spinal Tap

if you’re a judge at the Westminster Kennel Club if you happened to be a roadie for Led Zeppelin or Best in Show. it is not merely the caliber of the humor, it is the specificity associated with the figures while the dedication to making them genuine individuals in a environment that is surreal

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To that end, Sunday plays not reporter that is just intrepid Gopnik but additionally lots of the outlaws and business owners Gopnik encounters while hosting and producing a VICE-like guerrilla-style documentary (also called Dope Statecannabis) centered on the planet of appropriate weed in California.

In Episode One, he’s both Birdman—the ill-fated inventor of a energy that is THC-infused called Tree Jizz—and an over-the-top Instagram influencer known as TazzyDabzs.Rick & Morty energy Dope State

is at its most insightful when profiling OG heads from the weed underground as they struggle to find a foothold in the new corporate

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economy.

In Episode 2, Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon pretty much nails it as Cooter, a weed that is longtime whom knows all too well that he’s being forced from the market by the predatory forces of belated state capitalism.cannabis“I’m a dinosaur, i am aware that,” Cooter says. “I’m maybe not putting up with any illusions.”cannabisPsychoactive spider tech

What makes Dope Statecannabis so unique is rather than punching straight down at Cooter as a bearded, disheveled relic, we arrived at observe that their review bands real. The new threat to “legacy operators” comes from all the Silicon Valley investors and Wall Street d-bags angling to cash in on now that it’s legal after years of facing arrest and imprisonment for growing and selling. cannabisEntourage

star Adrian Grenier plays a tech titan cornering the market on nanotech cannabis spiders.cannabisLike tech titan Elon Shparker—played with aplomb by

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star Adrian Grenier—who sees* that is( as just one single more industry to take over, particularly by cornering the marketplace on nanotech robotic spiders as a next-level cannabinoid distribution system.“My character is a tech innovator and a* that is( culture business magnate bro promising to revolutionize the industry, when really he’s concocting a plan for world domination.” Grenier says. “Gabe’s characters and the world he built are wild but it actually feels grounded to me. Yes, there are robot weed spiders in this show, but I’ve met a lot of folks in the* that is( industry and that’s not too much from truth. I’ve without doubt spider that is psychoactive is around the corner.”cannabisBehind the redwood curtain

From start to finish, the most lovable characters in cannabisDope State

are the ones who come to it from a place of true love for the plant. One of the best of them is Martin, an old-school hippie (again played by Sunday) who’s trying to transition his unlicensed weed farm into a legit “Bud and Breakfast” to keep from going under.Fighting corporate raiders by day and rippers out to steal his plants by night, Martin and his wife hope to find a place for mom-and-pops like them amid all the luxury brands and consolidation that is corporate. Shot on location at a genuine north Ca

farm, we’re taken “behind the redwood curtain” and offered a glimpse associated with the idyllic realm of the Emerald Triangle, where weed—with that is growing without a license—remains a way of life.

‘A love letter to California’s culture’It makes sense that cannabisDope State

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roots so hard for the underdogs.

You wouldn’t know by looking, but the series that is six-part shot on a shoestring. Sunday published, produced, directed and edited the show himself, as well as playing seven roles that are differentcannabis“

Dope State

culture, which I grew up in and around.” Says sunday. “We shot separately throughout the state, including on genuine weed farms, and constantly smoking weed that is real real weed people. Everybody’s stuck at home right now, and we all miss getting high with our friends, so I hope people will get a kick out of meeting these characters. We definitely take some satirical jabs at the groundswell of excitement around the rush that is‘green’ but it is all done away from love.”(*)David Bienenstock(*)Veteran (*) journalist David Bienenstock could be the composer of “just how to Smoke Pot (precisely): A Highbrow Guide to Acquiring High” (2016 – Penguin/Random House), while the co-host and co-creator for the podcast “Great Moments in Weed History with Abdullah and Bean.” Follow him on Twitter @pot_handbook.(*)
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