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High praise: Our 20 favorite weed comedies of all time

It’s a stoned-cold fact: Marijuana has been an integral part of some of our favorite comedies for at least 40 years. Some of the highest-caliber movies feature the highest-possible characters — and often the highest audience members. Look, it’s a joint effort. With the 25th anniversary of “Dazed and Confused” this month, we want to take a look at some of our favorite weed comedies. Don’t worry, this gallery is purely for medicinal purposes.

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“Half Baked”

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Before there was “Chappelle’s Show,” Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan wrote “Half Baked,” the story of a janitor and his pothead friends who are forced to become pot dealers after one of them accidentally kills a diabetic police horse. Chappelle plays both the janitor and rapper Sir Smoka Lot, and the film features cameos from Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and a pre-“Daily Show” Jon Stewart. Sure, you’ve probably seen this movie, but have you seen it — on weed?

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“Pineapple Express”

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“Pineapple Express” kicked off the on-screen pot-fueled bromance between Seth Rogen and James Franco, although they’d already played stoner friends in the cult TV classic “Freaks And Geeks”. Rogen is a process server who accidentally witnesses a murder and Franco is his kindly drug dealer who gets dragged into the mess. Things get violent, a gang war breaks out, but the most important part is that everyone realizes they’ve been best friends the whole time.

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“How High”

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Cannabis Rules Everything Around Me! In the film that features Redman’s finest dramatic work, he and Method Man play stoners who get in to Harvard thanks to smoking weed fertilized by their dead friend’s ashes. Along the way, they invent truth serum, run afoul of school administrator Dean Cain (the actual Dean, not ’90s TV Superman) and eventually discover the artifacts of Ben Franklin’s bong. Can it all be so simple? Yes, as long as you have magic pot.

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“Up in Smoke”

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The granddaddy of all pot comedies, “Up In Smoke” is the first of many Cheech and Chong joints. The loose plot involves a van made entirely of weed, border-crossing and a Battle of the Bands. The duo would go on to make seven more movies together, and while there were plans for an “Up In Smoke 2” at one point, it seems appropriate that they’d stop at the eighth.

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Published: February 10, 2021

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