Doobie or not Doobie? Five (Possibly) Weed-Related Lines in Shakespeare's Work

Did William Shakespeare smoke pot? A team of paleontologists want to dig up the bard's bones in the name of that inquiry according to Toke of the Town. South African anthropologist Francis Thackeray first posited the theory that Shakespeare used cannabis years ago after finding marijuana residue on pipe fragments in the major English literary figure's home garden. Now he is asking for permission from the Church of England to exhume the body in order to confirm it among other things.

Thackeray's team plans to use a technique called laser surface scanning to determine if the body entombed is that of Shakespeare, probe into a cause of death, and, of course, to see if the poet and playwright's inspiration came from a little inhalation.

As the bones lay resting at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon pending the Professor's request, speculation as to whether William Shakespeare was high when he composed his famous literary works only raises new questions about possible working titles or first drafts of famous quotes.*

A selection of five classic works of Shakespeare reconsidered:

A Midsummer Night's Spliff

The Medical Marijuana Merchant of Venice Beach

The Merry Wives of Weed

Eighth Night

All's Well That Rolls Well

Five famous quotes as they might have originally been or intended:

"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May" (Sonnet 18)

"Get thee to a dispensary." (Hamlet)

"We few, we happy few, we band of tokers." (Henry V)

"A hit. A very palpable bong hit." (Hamlet)

 "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. Don't fuck up the rotation." (As You Like It)

*Special thanks to Noah Zweig and Meleiza Figueroa for help compiling this list!

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