The marijuana industry has become a booming business, one expected to grow exponentially in the coming years. It is only natural that television would want to get a piece of the pie, piggybacking on the drug's ever growing popularity. There are an ever-growing number of television shows which are depicting the use of marijuana, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some of the current, more popular television shows which have incorporated pot use or aspects of the marijuana industry include:
- Modern Family (ABC)
- Bones (Fox)
- Justified (FX)
- Broad City (Comedy Central)
Steve Pasierb, president and chief executive of the non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, argues that being exposed to many characters smoking marijuana throughout their daily routine can have an increasing impact on the viewers - especially young ones.
"Right now, marijuana’s hot. One of the biggest dangers of this is the normalizing force, that message that causes kids to overestimate how many people are [smoking pot] and to think they’re the only ones who aren’t. This is not a nanny state thing—‘the more we show this stuff the more kids are going to turn into reefer heads’—we’re just talking about the natural progression of how young people process the media,” Mr. Pasierb says.