Kevin Smith says Jay and Silent Bob are getting a weed store

Director Kevin Smith celebrated the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey the best way he knew how.

Well, the second best way: with a spoiler from his upcoming movie “Clerks III.”

“SPOILERS!” Smith tweeted Monday. “NJ voted to legalize in November. I wrote ‘Clerks III’ two months later in January. So *of course* Jay and Silent Bob run their own weed store in the sequel.

“And yes,” he continued,” “it’s in the old RST Video store, which the boys rechristen as RST THCCBD! RSTTHCCBD.com.”

The website links to jayandsilentbob.com, a Jay and Silent Bob merchandise page.

Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Smith, famously hang out in front of RST Video, shooting the breeze, shadowboxing, selling marijuana and dancing in “Clerks” (1994) — the movie that launched Smith to stardom — and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” (2001).

Caution: tweets below contain profanity.

RST Video, like the real-life Quick Stop convenience store in “Clerks,” is located in Leonardo, a section of Middletown in Monmouth County.

Earlier, Smith, a Red Bank native who grew up in Highlands, shared a reaction from Jay and Silent Bob to legalization in response to Gov. Phil Murphy’s checklist-style tweet about the changes in state law.

“Jay & Silent Bob have asked me to make a statement on their behalf on this historic day,” he tweeted. “‘You took away our f—-in’ livelihood!” Excuse them. Eventually, they’ll be thankful to you and the voters of New Jersey for both legalization and decriminalization. I thank you all too!”

Now that everything is legal and aboveboard for the duo, they may be singing a different tune — ideally by not delivering their famous “put that sh-t in my hand” song to minors anymore, this being adult-use cannabis and all.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes are set to reprise their roles in the “Clerks” sequel after touring the country with “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Reboot” in 2019 and 2020.Kyle Kaplan

Off the screen, Smith is also working on opening a resurrection of his California SModcastle podcast theater in the same complex, which has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were ready to go on 4/20 but unfortunately the rest of the world had different ideas,” Smith, 50, told NJ Advance Media in September. “We might have to wait a few months, it sounds like.”

In the fall, Smith opened a Jersey outpost of Mooby’s, a pop-up restaurant concept based on the fast food chain in his New Jersey-set movies, in Red Bank.

Before the pandemic shutdowns, Smith and Mewes had completed a long Reboot Roadshow tour for their 2019 film “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.”

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow Tour Opens in Asbury

Kevin Smith and Jay Mewes at the premiere of their 2019 film “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” in Asbury Park. Russ DeSantis | For NJ Advance Media

Though “Reboot” was filmed in New Orleans, he insists the new “Clerks” will be back on home turf.

“Trust me, if ‘Clerks III’ happens, it’s going to be in New Jersey,” Smith told NJ Advance Media in 2019. “It’s going to be in Leonardo, or it ain’t going to be made.”

A previous obstacle to making another “Clerks” film was that Jeff Anderson, who played video store clerk Randal Graves opposite Quick Stop clerk Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) in the original film, was not up for it — at least not for the amount of money that was originally offered, Smith said. After Smith reconciled with Ben Affleck, he did the same with Anderson.

“It really was less about money and more about value, about respect,” the director told NJ Advance Media. “It was an absolute valid point that took a few years to sink in with me.”

In addition to working on “Clerks III,” Smith is starring “Clerk,” a Malcolm Ingram documentary about the director, due to premiere virtually at the South by Southwest Festival in March after the event was canceled last year.

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Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com and followed at @AmyKup on Twitter.

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