You remember this dude and his “meddling friends and dog” don’t you? Let’s face, what they didn’t show us kids on screen was that this chicken-hearted, lanky, slacker was a first class pot head. As evident by his insatiable appetite and chronic munchies. And what’s worse is that his dog suffered from second-hand smoke. He too had uncontrollable munchies. Created in 1969 by Hanna-Barbera Productions, the Scooby-Doo cartoon and franchise has enjoyed significant longevity. It’s not because of the cuteness of Scooby or the interesting, spooky mysteries that the teens solved each week. I think it’s because a lot of us wanted to be Shaggy. Or was it just me? You kind of secretly wanted to lay around, solve a few mysteries, smoke weed, and eat anything that wasn’t nailed to the table, didn’t you?
We should have predicted then that marijuana would move from counter-culture nuisance to mainstream recreational activity. We aren’t quite there yet, but the movement is growing and gaining steam. Cannabis prohibition began in the 1920’s and was heavily regulated as a drug in the mid 1930’s. Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books legalizing marijuana with Maryland, Minnesota and New York joining the ranks in 2014.
There is no real point to this post other than to say that Shaggy was harbinger of the socialization of marijuana in mainstream America. Shaggy was the star of the show. I can’t even tell you the other dude’s name. He was flat and insignificant.
Side bar: I was always more attracted to the bright and nerdy Velma than I was the pretty Daphne. Not sure what that says about me other than I like smart, nerdy women.
It will be interesting to see how our culture continues to evolve around the legalization of marijuana. Perhaps one day in the near future, some brave city will erect a statue of Shaggy, or Cheech & Chong or Jeff Spicoli or Smokey from Friday or Jeff Labowski or Harold and Kumar or…