Washington legalized recreational marijuana Thursday, but the makers of cartoons and children's shows have been getting stoned for decades. Here are a few beloved children's characters who seem to love smoking weed:
For one thing, Scooby Doobie Doo's middle name is a synonym for a joint. He and Shaggy like to drive around looking for monsters and ghosts in a flower power van called the Mystery Machine that leaves clouds of smoke in its wake. In the 2002 movie, Shaggy falls in love with a girl named Mary Jane (Isla Fisher).
Here Speedy sings "La Cucaracha," not missing a beat of the lyric that translates to: “The roach, the roach, can’t walk any more. Because it needs, because it needs, marijuana to smoke.” His cousin and presumed smoking partner, Slow Poke Rodriguez, is always on the hunt for food.
Considering the name (H.R. thought to stand for hand-rolled), the entire show could be an elaborate drug reference. The show's head writer, Lennie Weinrib, asked more questions than he answered on that front. "I think fans gave it a kind of mysterious code-like meaning, like ‘Ah, was Pufnstuf puffing stuff? Like grass?’ Was it psychedelic? Was it drug oriented? Not to us, it wasn’t," <a href="http://www.bugaloos.com/THS-HR.html">he said.</a>
If there was ever a character built around a case of the munchies, it's Cookie Monster. In this clip he experiences a range of feelings while eating a cookie. "Very emotionally draining!"
Sylvester the Cat
In <a href="http://home.roadrunner.com/~tuco/looney/tome/j.html">a 1955 cartoon</a> (sadly not seen here), Porky asks Sylvester, "Have you been smoking loco weed?"
What's in Popeye's pipe? Spinach was a popular code word for marijuana in the 1920s and 30s, when the cartoon was created, and in some animated cartoons from the 60s Popeye <a href="http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/3568.html">can be seen smoking spinach </a>through his pipe. No need to tell the kids what type of green stuff gives him his magical powers.
Puff, the Magic Dragon
Peter, Paul and Mary never acknowledged any meaning to the song beyond childhood nostalgia, but many think Puff and his friend Jackie Paper are references to puffing, draggin' and rolling papers. The animated series adaptation brought these characters and some trippy pink smoke to life. And in Hanalei, Hawaii, <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60612-d673966-r133999195-Kayak_Kaua_i-Hanalei_Kauai_Hawaii.html">even the tour guides smoke weed</a>.