The top rated show on BBC TV this Christmas has voiced an unequivocal support for cannabis legalisation. Comedy special Gavin and Stacey has been criticised by the Daily Mail and others for appearing to trivialise the issue of recreational cannabis smoking.
In a scene from the show, one of the characters, Dawn – played by Julia Davis – is teased by friends for worrying about her husband smoking cannabis after finding a joint in his car and branding him a “junkie”.
She told Pam and Mick, played by Alison Steadman and Larry Lamb, that Pete was, “a drug addict, addicted to drugs”.
When she shows them the joint she found in the glove box they laugh: “Is that it?” and tell her they used to smoke it all the time.Dawn describes it as a “gateway drug”, but Pam says, “we used to smoke it all the time before Gavin was born”.
Pete arrives and explains to them all that it was a joke at work and he was given it in the Secret Santa.
He said: “I was actually quite touched that they included me, but my wife thinks that I have turned into Zammo from Grange Hill”.
When Pete tells Dawn she is “the only drug I’ll ever need”, she backs down and is seen smoking the joint with Pamela, Mick and Pete while they dance to a reggae tune around a Christmas tree and giggle uncontrollably as Gavin and Smithy watch in amazement.
Lord Nicholas Monson, whose son Rupert committed suicide aged 21 after developing drug-induced psychosis, said the message that ‘everyone knows weed is harmless’ was mistaken. But tragic Monson has lost TWO sons to suicide, so the cause of death is more likely to lie inside his family than inside a joint.