How Do You Film Characters Smoking Weed? The Makers of ‘High Maintenance,’ ‘Weeds,’ and ‘Getting Doug with High’ Explain
Weed is having a bit of a cultural moment right now. High Maintenance, the web series that turned a delivery service into a peek at Brooklyn yuppie life, just dropped its Vimeo-financed second season; Doug Benson, America’s foremost practitioner of stoner comedy, just released an hour-long special with Netflix called Doug Dynasty (it takes about three seconds before marijuana makes its first appearance, in the form of Benson smoking a bowl); and Broad City is set to return for its second season in January. So if smoking weed, or at least filming people smoking weed, is more popular than ever, how do filmmakers portray it? Is there a weed equivalent of the “booze” Jon Hamm chugs on Mad Men like it’s water — because it is water?