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No one wants to be the guy who gives childhood characters very adult interpretations or connotations. However, sometimes, these assumptions are justified, and it’s something you feel like you always new, well for as long as you knew what weed was. Back when I was a young’en it would’ve been outright sacrilege or at the least career suicide to introduce a mainstream cartoon character who was open about their marijuana habit, god forbid any other drugs. So, without further ado, here is a run down of a small number of cartoon characters whose marijuana habits are subtly or not so subtly ingrained in the cartoon.

Shaggy and Scooby Doobie Doo

We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first. And I mean, oh boy is this one obvious. For starters, you shall probably notice how I have included Scooby’s middle name, while the name of the cartoon is his simply his forename and his surname, the titular dog himself has a middle name. Normally it is only Shaggy who calls him by this name, and I’m sure I need not explain what a ‘doobie’ is. While I’m not suggesting that the world's most famous Great Dane is a stoner as such, his owner was most certainly intended to be. From his dopey attitude to his near irrational love of food, Shaggy is a stoner stereotype unto himself. To make this even more obvious, in the 2002 live-action film adaption, Shaggy falls for a girl named Mary Jane, only Spider-Man gets to do that without being branded a stoner.

Hermes Conrad

While Futurama is perhaps a cartoon for older kids, it is more light hearted than say Family Guy or American dad and it included Sci-fi themes which I used to enjoy even at a young age. It would’ve been wrong to presume that simply because he is Jamaican that Hermes were a stoner, after all he is a bureaucrat which is a job requiring levels of focus and concentration. However, in newer episodes of the show, the hints become a tad obvious. For instance, in the episode where Bender and Amy seek to legalize marriage between humans and robots, Hermes stands up and proclaims, “You gotta legalize it mon,” before following it up with, “We’re talking about a lot of things.”

Popeye

Green stuff that gives you magical powers? Come on mate, I know spinach works wonders for you but it’s not that good. Plus you know the stereotype of sailors, anything goes when you’re on open waters. The core idea of someone smoking ‘spinach’ is just ridiculous, it really screams of the creators realizing they couldn’t use marijuana in such a blatant way, therefore remedying it by just calling the green substance spinach.

October 18, 2016 by Gareth Arnold

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