No, you’re not seeing things.
That’s indeed Pam St. Clement taking a rip off a bong in her new show, Gone To Pot, an ITV documentary exploring the U.S. cannabis legalization movement.
Fans of St. Clement will remember her as the iconic Pat Butcher in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Needless to say, the image of St. Clement inhaling from a bong at a Puff, Pass, Paint class may be shocking to some.
“This person came along with a glass bowl thing with a pipe and a stem with an open top, like a mini bong, it was very delicate and she gave it to Linda then to me and she said, ‘Take a puff’,” St. Clement told The Sun.
“So I took a puff and she said, ‘Oh that's enough, that's enough’ and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this must be powerful’. I passed it on to Bobby and within five to ten minutes me and Bobby were virtually on the floor laughing it was so funny.
“I love it when you get the giggles when you shouldn’t. It’s wonderful – just crying we were – so refreshing to do that, it really is.”
St. Clement, who suffers from polymyalgia rheumatica and has had a knee replacement, joined forces with dart player Bobby George, Christopher Biggins, Linda Robson and John Fashanu for the three-week tour.
The project reflects her support of cannabis legalization for medical use in the UK. She joked that the show will help “improve [her] street cred.”
“The youngsters will be like, ‘What?’ I think my street cred will improve.”
Gone To Pot is on ITV, Monday at 9 p.m.
h/t Evening Standard
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