Can cannabis unite a politically divided nation? Probably not. But a video going viral this week suggests that it could bring diffuse the heat and provide a calmer conversation.
Cut, home of the Strange Buds video series which has featured hilarious viral video such as “Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time” and “A Rabbi, a Priest and an Atheist Smoke Weed Together,” is at it again. This time, the Seattle-based company has produced “A Republican, Democrat, and Independent Smoke Weed Together,” an eight-minute laughfest that actually unites three strangers over a toke session.
The video features three unnamed subjects: an African-American woman who self-identifies as a Democrat who did not vote in the last election; a Mexican-American man who calls himself a political independent who voted for Bernie Sanders; and a white, single-mom who describes herself as a Christian Republican who also sat out the last election, but who supports Donald Trump.
The video, posted on YouTube on Tuesday, already has nearly 1,000,000 views as of this writing. More than 28 million people watched the “Grandmas” video, by far the company’s more popular video.
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Aside from a few F-bombs, the video is fairly tame. After the set-up, the three tokers share their views on Trump’s impact on the America’s social fabric. After a few puffs, all agree that Trump is, well, not presidential. “I think he’s a shitty human being, though,” the Republican conceded.
Like most political conversations, not a whole lot was resolved in the hourlong session. The video concludes with the Republican woman offering her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” which was only slightly better than Roseanne Barr’s 199o version.
After watching the video, it is clear that smoking marijuana won’t resolve our political differences. But it also demonstrates that is probably better than talking politics over booze. Watch and see for yourself: