How to Get a Pot Card: The Music Video

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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):

Given my professional interest in pot cards, I decided to see what Garfunkel (a.k.a Riki Lindhomeand Oates (a.ka. Kate Micucci) had to say about the issue:

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.

MJ: Mine is writer’s cramp.

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.

Oates: Exactly! 

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