The 6 Best Obvious Marijuana References in Video Game History

Video games and marijuana have a long history that may date back to the Reagan years when video games were blamed for everything from violence to childhood obesity. For this reason, and the War on Drugs, many video games referenced marijuana in an effort to create a drug-free America. Any character in these games who is smoking is considered “bad” and is somehow destroyed. “Narc” is a prime example of a Reagan-era video game used to promote anti-drug themes. In this futuristic Washington D.C. cop video game, the officers use whatever means necessary to destroy anyone with drug connections. Now, video games aren’t promoting these anti-drug themes, because some are even highlighting the benefits of marijuana by showing the main characters smoking.

Grand Theft Auto is one of the best examples of a video game referencing marijuana because it’s one of the first to introduce main characters who smoke. Marijuana has been used in almost every version of Grand Theft Auto, with an eternally-stoned aging hippie character known as The Truth. Wiz Khalifa’s Weed Farm is another video game that certainly doesn’t shy away from touching on the topic of marijuana. In the game, players actually plant, grow, and harvest their own marijuana farms.

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When former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of Botham Jean on October 3, 2019, the public reaction was a combination of relief and exasperation. The case starkly reflects the flaws in the current landscape of American criminal justice: Guyger, who is white, killed Jean, a 26-year-old black man, while he was relaxing after work in his living room. Guyger invoked Texas’ "Stand Your Ground" law, claiming she was justifiably scared for her life when she wandered into his unlocked home after work, mistaking it for hers in the same apartment complex.

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