Just in time for 4/20, here’s a sassy number from the comic troubadours Garfunkel and Oates. It’s as if Snoop Dogg and Feist had a lovechild (or two):
Mother Jones: How did you get the idea for this?
Garfunkel: We live in California and medical marijuana is pretty easily obtained here. There’s more pot stores than Starbucks. And yet it’s still technically illegal. So it’s kind of hypocritical.
MJ: What kind of research did you do on pot card procurement?
Garfunkel: We just Googled it and found the official list [of ailments treatable by pot]. It’s really, really long.
MJ: According a leading chain of California pot docs, there are 198 different maladies that qualify.
Garfunkel: It’s pretty much any part of your body followed by the word “pain.” Elbow pain, spleen pain, face pain, whatever.
MJ: It’s striking how many seemingly contradictory illnesses qualify, such as anorexia and bulimia.
Garfunkel: My neighbor said you can quit smoking by it.
MJ: Are you a California pot card holder?
Oates: I am.
MJ: If it’s not too personal, what’s your medical need for marijuana?
Oates: Anxiety and insomnia.
Oates: Big problem!
MJ: How long have you had your pot card?
Oates: I’ve had it since last Wednesday (laughs). I actually felt the need for it, which is why I got it. I didn’t feel like I needed it before then. I wasn’t a frequent smoker. But given recent events it felt necessary. Medically. Honestly. So.
MJ: I hear that releasing a potentially viral video about pot cards can be stressful.