The Jersey guys from motion pictures like “Clerks” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Again” are as well-known for partaking of (unlawful) weed as they’re for being from the Backyard State.
Director Kevin Smith, the Purple Financial institution native who created the 2 characters and performs Silent Bob, commented on a tweet from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on election night time.
Within the tweet, Murphy stated that public query No. 1 to legalize adult-use marijuana handed “overwhelmingly,” calling the event “a enormous step ahead for racial and social justice and our financial system.”
“Leaning towards the Fast Cease wall all these years shmokin’ weed, Jay and Silent Bob by no means dreamed at the present time might be potential!” stated Smith, 50. “Congrats to the great of us of the nice state of New Jersey on legalizing marijuana! The Backyard State is lastly inexperienced!”
Smith performs the weed fanatic and seller Silent Bob in all of his New Jersey-set View Askewniverse movies, however he has additionally credited marijuana with saving his life after he suffered a near-fatal “widowmaker” heart attack in 2018.
The director skilled the cardiac occasion whereas taping his “Silent But Deadly” TV special. He later advised Stephen Colbert that he requested a physician if the weed may have brought about the assault, since he smoked a joint earlier than the present. On the contrary, the physician advised Smith the drug seemingly saved him calm, Smith stated.
“That joint saved your life,” he recalled the physician saying.
Each Smith and Jay Mewes, who performs Jay, grew up in Highlands and lately starred in a voting PSA because the stoner duo (see clip beneath).
“Even me and Silent Bob are politically divided proper now,” Jay stated within the spot. “He’s voting for Biden and I’m voting for Harris!”
After 13 years, the pair introduced Jay and Silent Bob back to the big screen in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot,” a film that premiered in Asbury Park in 2019 earlier than Smith and Mewes traveled the nation with the movie.
The actors promoted the movie with a line of marijuana from Los Angeles purveyor Caviar Gold that includes three strains that take their names from Smith’s motion pictures: Snoogans (indica), Beserker (hybrid) and Snoochie Boochies (sativa). On the time, the themed strains had been solely accessible out of state, however Tuesday’s vote clears a path for New Jersey followers of the cinematic stoners to presumably partake sooner or later.
In September, Smith, who owns the Purple Financial institution comedian guide retailer Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, introduced his Mooby’s pop-up restaurant, impressed by the quick meals joint in his movies, to Purple Financial institution. He additionally hosted a drive-in show with Mewes in Holmdel to mark the tenth anniversary of the podcast “Jay & Silent Bob Get Old,” and with it, 10 years of Mewes’ sobriety.
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