Hollywood has made some attempts at policing itself. As political censorship is detestable, Hollywood has tried self-censorship as an alternative. The first major self-censorship was the Hays Office, which began to impose rules in the 1930’s. In recent decades, as standards have been relaxed, films have used the rating system.
Paul Newman said that movies should have ratings on drug use just as they do on sex, violence and language. Newman, who had lost his son to drugs, knew whereof he spoke. Since then, drugs have been figured into film ratings. And, in fairness, the destructiveness of major drugs has been shown in a number of films.
But of late more than a few films have depicted marijuana in a positive, socially robust way. In such recent movies as It’s Complicated, Life as We Know it and even Dark Shadows weed has been shown as being humorous stuff.
The reality of marijuana is not so funny. Marijuana has not merely been long associated with the deadly drug culture. It also contributes to laziness and lack of ambition.
But what is needed is not so much censorship of any kind but, simply, a sense of responsibility. If more people smoke marijuana, they will become lazy, and consequently will be less able to afford movie tickets.
Perhaps the moguls of Hollywood, living far from reality in their westcoast homes, should consider this.