When Tarantino Was In Amsterdam, Was He Doing What We Think He Was Doing?

Quentin Tarantino - writer/director of "Pulp Fiction", "Reservoir Dogs", "Django Unchained" and other movies whose posters can be found in dorm rooms and man caves around the world - celebrates his birthday March 27.

It will come as no surprise to our readers that Tarantino's energetic blend of pop culture-and-philosophy-suffused banter, shocking violence and twisty narrative is a lot of fun, especially after a sesh or two.

So it's also not surprising that QT himself partakes in marijuana.

After all, he wrote the script for "Pulp Fiction" in Amsterdam. According to Vanity Fair's oral history of the film:

"I just had this cool writing existence," Quentin Tarantino continues. "I didn't have to worry about money. Through luck and happenstance, I found an apartment to rent right off a canal. I would get up and walk around Amsterdam, and then drink like 12 cups of coffee, spending my entire morning writing."

Yet Tarantino insists his focus in Amsterdam was writing only. He elaborated on his cannabis use in a 2012 interview with Playboy, framing it as a way of shaking up his creative process:

"Well, no. I wouldn't do anything impaired while making a movie. I don't so much write high, but say you're thinking about a musical sequence. You smoke a joint, you put on some music, you listen to it and you come up with some good ideas. Or maybe you're chilling out at the end of the day and you smoke some pot, and all of a sudden you're spinning a web about what you've just done. Maybe you come up with a good idea. Maybe it just seems like a good idea because you're stoned, but you write it down and look at it the next day. Sometimes it's fucking awesome. I don't need pot to write, but it's kind of cool."

No wonder some of the clocks in "Pulp Fiction" are set to 4:20.

Anyway, there's no better time to revisit Tarantino's filmography. Get comfy and put on your favorite QT movie. Just make sure you have a tasty burger on hand.


For cannabis enthusiasts living in adult use states, long gone are the days of sneaking around with a dime bag in a coat pocket and worrying about whether the neighbors know you’ve got weed. But the sad truth is that, for millions of Americans living in prohibition or restrictive medical-only states, accessing safe and regulated cannabis is still a problem. But does that mean that those living without access to the regulated market are abstaining from cannabis altogether?

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