It’s 4/20 — light up with ‘Weed­i­quette.’

Wel­come to the jun­gle.


If you’re dy­ing to know all there is to know about mar­i­juana, “Weed­i­quette” on Viceland ex­plores it from ev­ery pos­si­ble an­gle. From talks with “potrepreneurs” to par­ents get­ting ahold of med­i­cal mar­i­juana to treat their child’s can­cer, to peo­ple who’ve served lengthy prison sen­tences for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion, the doc­u­men­tary se­ries is well-re­searched, in­tel­li­gent and hu­man.

Its host, Kr­ishna An­davolu, re­veals that the show started out as a web se­ries on and bloomed into a TV show af­ter a con­ver­sa­tion with Viceland’s co-pres­i­dent, Spike Jonze.

“I was telling him about how in the web se­ries, I went to Uruguay to in­ter­view the pres­i­dent be­cause they le­gal­ized pot, and had to tell my mom that I smoked weed on cam­era for the first time,” he re­calls. “She didn’t take it very well.”

An­davolu, who comes from a tra­di­tional In­di­anAmer­i­can fam­ily that “doesn’t do drugs or drink,” says his jour­nal­is­tic ex­pe­ri­ences with mar­i­juana, com­pared to his up­bring­ing, rep­re­sent “a lit­tle mi­cro­cosm for what the coun­try’s go­ing through” with weed.

Luck­ily, af­ter watch­ing the past two sea­sons of the show, his par­ents have be­come much more ed­u­cated on the sub­ject and, con­se­quently, more open-minded.

“Now they’re like, ‘It is a to­tally ap­pro­pri­ate medicine in some cir­cum­stances and should be re­searched more. No one should go to jail for it,’” An­davolu notes. “If you can con­vince my In­dian-Amer­i­can par­ents that pot might not be a bad thing, I think you can con­vince a lot of peo­ple.”

So what can we ex­pect from Sea­son 3? One of the episodes in­ves­ti­gates the distri­bu­tion of mar­i­juana from a le­gal mar­ket to an il­le­gal mar­ket.

“In places like Cal­i­for­nia, it’s to­tally le­gal and pro­duc­tion is sky-high there, but as a re­sult, more pot is flow­ing into the black mar­ket and be­ing shipped across coun­try to [places like] New York. We fol­low a ship­ment of il­le­gal weed from Cal­i­for­nia to New York,” he says. “It’s an all-Amer­i­can road trip, just with 45 pounds of pot in the car.”

Just for the record, An­davolu isn’t ac­tu­ally in the ve­hi­cle for the trip.

“Le­gal wouldn’t al­low me to do that,” he says.

Sea­son 3 of “Weed­i­quette” pre­mieres on April 19 on Viceland at 10 p.m.

Kr­ishna An­davolu is the host of “Weed­i­quette” on Viceland. PRO­VIDED

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