View Full Version : Is it legal to use real weed on camera?

01-27-2014, 06:06 PM
Hey guys, I was wondering if it was legal to use real weed on camera if the people using it had their medical cards?

2001 Productions
01-28-2014, 03:06 PM
What an odd question. Why would it matter? It's a movie. How could the viewer possibly know whether they're smoking cannabis, oregano, or lawn clippings?

Fiveacre Films
06-08-2014, 10:52 PM
Don't know about that, but I hear it is now illegal for actors to smoke real tobacco in films shot in CA due to bans on smoking in the workplace. I hear they have to smoke herbal cigarettes instead. Is this true?

Mick Scarborough
06-25-2014, 03:47 PM
I doubt it. The ban on smoking is not just for tobacco, its any cigarette no matter its contents. Likely this does not apply to a film set when the smoke is for the film and not the crew doing it.

07-06-2014, 06:24 PM
Might be legal if filming in Colorado. I would think getting the real stuff would really increase the budget though.

07-07-2014, 07:02 PM
As long as no one knows its real weed, I don't think its much of an issue.

08-18-2014, 11:47 AM
no one will know. I worked on a really low budget movie once that used real weed and cocaine for the big drug scene. I think that's how they paid the extras that day :)

01-20-2015, 05:36 PM
If it's legal for the actors to smoke the real stuff, it doesn't matter if you film them doing it. Nothing illegal about filming it.


Gerald Watson
06-07-2016, 09:44 AM
Interesting question lol. Maybe the question should be how would they know it is real?

06-26-2017, 02:14 AM
I was wondering about that same thing lol! But I guess it might also depend on the context of the scene.

07-02-2017, 09:24 PM
Lol, its funny because how could someone would let some real weeds on the camera.

08-08-2018, 03:50 AM
If it's legal to smoke weed under the circumstances, then it's legal/illegal to film it.