The Jersey guys from movies like “Clerks” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” are as famous for partaking of (illegal) weed as they are for being from the Garden State.
Director Kevin Smith, the Red Bank native who created the two characters and plays Silent Bob, commented on a tweet from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on election night.
In the tweet, Murphy said that public question No. 1 to legalize adult-use marijuana passed “overwhelmingly," calling the development “a huge step forward for racial and social justice and our economy.”
“Leaning against the Quick Stop wall all those years shmokin' weed, Jay and Silent Bob never dreamed this day could be possible!” said Smith, 50. “Congrats to the good folks of the great state of New Jersey on legalizing marijuana! The Garden State is finally green!”
Smith plays the weed enthusiast and dealer Silent Bob in all of his New Jersey-set View Askewniverse films, but he has also credited marijuana with saving his life after he suffered a near-fatal “widowmaker” heart attack in 2018.
The director experienced the cardiac event while taping his “Silent But Deadly" TV special. He later told Stephen Colbert that he asked a doctor if the weed could have caused the attack, since he smoked a joint before the show. To the contrary, the doctor told Smith the drug likely kept him calm, Smith said.
“That joint saved your life,” he recalled the doctor saying.
Both Smith and Jay Mewes, who plays Jay, grew up in Highlands and recently starred in a voting PSA as the stoner duo (see clip below).
“Even me and Silent Bob are politically divided right now," Jay said in the spot. “He’s voting for Biden and I’m voting for Harris!”
After 13 years, the pair brought Jay and Silent Bob back to the big screen in “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot," a movie that premiered in Asbury Park in 2019 before Smith and Mewes traveled the country with the film.
The actors promoted the film with a line of marijuana from Los Angeles purveyor Caviar Gold featuring three strains that take their names from Smith’s movies: Snoogans (indica), Beserker (hybrid) and Snoochie Boochies (sativa). At the time, the themed strains were only available out of state, but Tuesday’s vote clears a path for New Jersey fans of the cinematic stoners to possibly partake in the future.
In September, Smith, who owns the Red Bank comic book store Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, brought his Mooby’s pop-up restaurant, inspired by the fast food joint in his films, to Red Bank. He also hosted a drive-in show with Mewes in Holmdel to mark the 10th anniversary of the podcast “Jay Silent Bob Get Old," and with it, 10 years of Mewes' sobriety.
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