Humans have been laughing at jokes about inebriation at least since Romans wrote comedy. Once it was drunks who were funny — Otis on "The Andy Griffith Show," Foster Brooks, Dean Martin — but drunks just seem like alcoholics now. Marijuana, meanwhile, has moved in — pot jokes long ago entered the mainstream — and with "Disjointed," it now has a whole sitcom of its own.
The series, premiering Friday on Netflix, was created by David Javerbaum (the wonderful Paul F. Tompkins puppet panel show "No, You Shut Up!") and "Two and a Half Men" man Chuck Lorre, the co-creator of CBS’ "Mom," a comedy about substance abuse and recovery. To some degree, this wants to be the stoner "Cheers" — James Burrows, who co-created that series, directed the "Disjointed" pilot.
There are "budtenders" here; a central workplace flirtation; and a coterie of comical regulars who want to go where they almost can remember their name. As on "Cheers," the door to the street is on the left, the one to the office is on the right.
The Huntington Beach City Council unanimously approved a new zoning amendment Monday prohibiting the sale and distribution of non-medical marijuana by businesses.
The amendment also regulates the cultivation of recreational marijuana.
Some council members said allowing recreational marijuana sales and distribution may be viable in the future, but they would rather watch and analyze how other cities deal with implementing Proposition 64, which allows people 21 and older to use and cultivate non-medical marijuana. The proposition, approved by voters in November, has stipulations granting local governments the ability to ban recreational marijuana businesses and regulate cultivation.
The Los Angeles City Council last week backed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California.
Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will provide input on cannabis rules.
The council voted 13 to 0 to hire Packer, with council members Paul Koretz and Curren Price absent from Wednesday’s meeting.