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5 Iconic Films That Celebrate Cannabis in New York City


New York City, with its dynamic energy and diverse cultural tapestry, has served as the backdrop for countless cinematic masterpieces. In the realm of cannabis culture, certain films stand out for their celebration of the herb amidst the bustling streets and iconic landmarks. Join us on a cinematic journey as we explore five iconic films that beautifully capture the essence of cannabis in the heart of the Big Apple.

  1. “Half Baked” (1998): The Comedy Classic

Directed by Tamra Davis, “Half Baked” is a stoner comedy that has achieved cult status for its hilarious take on the highs and lows of cannabis culture. Set against the backdrop of New York City, the film follows a group of friends navigating the consequences of their various misadventures involving marijuana. From Washington Square Park to apartment rooftops, “Half Baked” is a love letter to the city’s vibrant cannabis scene.

  1. “How High” (2001): Higher Education in NYC

This comedic gem directed by Jesse Dylan takes us on a wild ride through the streets of New York as two friends, played by Method Man and Redman, embark on a journey of higher education—quite literally. With a magical strain of cannabis boosting their IQs, the duo navigates the challenges of attending Harvard University. The film is a humorous exploration of intellect and hilarity against the backdrop of both Boston and the streets of NYC.

  1. “Super High Me” (2007): NYC in the Age of Legalization

While not entirely based in New York City, Doug Benson’s documentary-style film “Super High Me” delves into the comedian’s experiment with prolonged cannabis use. As the cannabis legalization movement gains momentum across the United States, the film reflects on the cultural shifts surrounding the herb, offering a unique perspective on cannabis use and its evolving perception in society, including in bustling cities like New York.

  1. “The Wackness” (2008): A Coming-of-Age Cannabis Tale

Set in the summer of 1994, “The Wackness,” directed by Jonathan Levine, tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage marijuana dealer navigating love, friendship, and self-discovery. The film captures the essence of a city in transition, with scenes unfolding in the streets of Manhattan and the boroughs, making it a poignant exploration of adolescence against the backdrop of New York’s cannabis culture.

  1. “Kids” (1995): Urban Realism and Cannabis

Directed by Larry Clark and written by Harmony Korine, “Kids” is a gritty portrayal of urban youth culture in New York City. While not exclusively centered around cannabis, the film authentically captures the lives of teenagers navigating the city’s streets and parks, where cannabis plays a role in their rites of passage. “Kids” offers a raw and unfiltered view of adolescence in the city that never sleeps.


These five films, each in its own way, contribute to the rich tapestry of New York City’s cannabis culture. From comedies to documentaries and coming-of-age dramas, these movies provide a cinematic exploration of the highs, lows, and nuances of cannabis use against the iconic backdrop of the city that never fails to inspire. So, grab your popcorn and get ready to journey through the streets of New York, where cannabis weaves itself into the fabric of these unforgettable films.

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