Guess who has added their name to the list of celebrities stepping out of the proverbial cannabis closet? That would be none other than Kristen Bell, who revealed on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, that she is a recreational cannabis user.
“I like my vape pen quite a bit. I smoke around my husband and it doesn’t seem to bother him,” Bell told Maron. “Weed rules. Weed is my drug of choice, for sure.”
Bell added that she’s selective in her cannabis usage, opting to consume marijuana only on occasions.
“I can’t do it around my kids, which is a phenomenal amount of hours each week,” she said. “Once a week, if I’m just exhausted and we’re about to sit down and watch ’60 Minutes’, why not?”
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You would probably classify this confession as another benign celebrity statement. If you were cynical, which I’m not, you could even poke fun that Bell was jumping on the bandwagon and was slightly overstating the taboo nature of being a parent who uses cannabis. All in all, Bell’s admission rendered, to this listener, as rather innocuous celebrity fun.
But, wow, did the celebrity press blow this interview out of mammoth proportion. Google “Kristen Bell marijuana” and you get everyone from People to Huffington Post tsk-tsking Bell. Why, you might ask? Well because her husband is Dax Shepard, a former drug addict who has been sober for 14 years.
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To the man mocked me in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy, Who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, Who held our dear little shakey mann pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it. I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night. You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when its needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most. You have become the fertilizer in the garden of our life, encouraging everyone to grow. I'm so proud that you have never been ashamed of your story, but instead shared it widely, with the hope it might inspire someone else to become the best version of themselves. You have certainly inspired me to do so. I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You set an excellent example of being human. Happy 14th year sobriety birthday, @daxshepard. Xoxo
Bell addressed this expected criticism on the podcast, too, saying that Shepard “doesn’t have a problem with anyone else partaking in anything, provided within reason that they’re not acting like a complete schmuck.”
“He’s fine if people do things. He likes drugs and alcohol,” she added. “He just is aware that he lost his privilege with them because he can’t handle it. His brain does not have the chemistry to handle it.”
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Even Yahoo joined the ballyhoo reaction circus, adding expert quotes that explain that smoking marijuana once a week is potentially negative, even through a vape pen, as it will change your brain chemistry. “When we test them as far as memory and learning, they tend to score lower on these tests,” Jamie Allen, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University, told Yahoo. Allen also added that marijuana has “anti-inflammatory activities,” but more research need to be done on its benefits.
Hmm. Why is this necessary? I’d like to remind everyone that Yahoo published a litany of pro-marijuana content around “Weed & The American Family,” which included poll results that found 74 percent of Americans don’t care if celebrities smoke weed or not. The number was even higher among millennials (aged 18-34) at 81 percent.
So, why do all these media organizations care? Yeah, we’re not sure either. Enjoy your vape pen in peace, Kristen Bell.
That would be like a diabetic expecting their partner to never eat dessert. Get real! https://t.co/2X6WzhH2cT
— dax shepard (@daxshepard) September 19, 2018