Today, hundreds of friends and relatives gathered to say their last goodbye to comedian Joan Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at 81. Known for her fashion-savvy and sensational personality, she was also one of Hollywood’s biggest supporters for marijuana. Many remember Rivers hitting the bong and a glass pipe in a 2012 episode of her reality TV series, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”
However, Rivers had long been pushing for pot on television. During her run on daytime television from 1989 to 1993, she wasn’t afraid to push the limits on “The Joan Rivers Show,” like sitting down for a conversation with Oderus Urungus and Beefcake the Mighty of the hardcore band GWAR.
Even more memorable was the time she invited California weed activist and general hellraiser Rev. Bud Green to debate an anti-drug advocate. When responding to audience member questioning his ability to minister to the people with marijuana, he demonstrated how he proselytizes to the people and lights up a doobie.
When you hear Joan say, “but you are not doing it the right way,” it’s obvious she’s telling the Rev he doesn’t know how to spark up a joint.
About a decade later, after her reality TV weed-smoking episode aired, Rivers explained how she got her kind buds to the Huffington Post: “In California you get medicinal marijuana. You go to a doctor and you say I’m blue and he says here. It’s amazing, I was in shock. And I got it and I smoked it and had a great time.”