The video has been viewed more than 1.3 million times on YouTube in less than five days. Not only are people watching it, they are sharing it and talking about it. It’s become a religious experience.
The video, published Wednesday, features a a rabbi, a priest and an atheist smoking marijuana together and discussing theological concepts. The video was shot in Washington, a state that allows adult use of recreational cannabis, so no laws were broken in the taping of the trio.
The 8-minute, 4-second conversation involved the meaning of God, what marijuana’s effects are a few other surprises. You know, what most smoke sessions turn out to be about.
The video featured:
- Jim Mirel, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
- Rev. Chris Schuller, the former rector at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Carlos, a self-described conservative homosexual who was raised as a Southern Baptist and a Roman Catholic.
Mirel and Schuller copped to using marijuana, but both said their experience was from their early years and that neither was a current user. Carols, on the other hand, said he was a regular user of the herb.
Is marijuana OK to use? According to Mirel: “If it helps you become a better person, if it lifts you up, gives you a new view of life, it’s a very positive thing.”
For his part, Schuller would like to see cannabis laws be more in line with alcohol and tobacco. Two years ago, Schuller got in a little hot water in St. Petersburg, Florida, for saying “Thank God for marijuana” in a video.
Cut.com, is responsible for the viral video. From Cut’s website:
With over 350 million video views, Cut has captured the world’s attention with iconic internet-breaking projects like “One Word,” “Truth or Drink,” and “Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time.” Cut makes viral content by blurring the boundaries between cool and friendly, smart and silly, and provocative and eye-opening.