MURPHY: We had a lot of repeat customers. By the end of the run, we had people showing up dressed up as the characters, and they were called our Reefer Zombies. They would sing along with the show, and they would hold up joints and stuffed animals.
How has the prevailing attitude toward pot changed?
MURPHY: Just the fact that we’ve been able to appeal to a pretty wide cross section, at least in Los Angeles, says a lot. Because now I don’t think anyone is afraid of marijuana. People sort of roll their eyes a little bit when they hear a politician get up and talk about just how horrific it all is. The intensity with which the “establishment,” for want of a better word, has gone after marijuana in the past has sort of backfired 50 or 60 years later. Because they tried so hard to make it sound so evil, that now you can pull out those old vintage cartoons and those old hysterical screeds, and you just sort of laugh at it.