Steve Berke and Ophthalmologist Dr. Linda Kaplan on Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Categories: Comedy, Interviews
Steve chillin' in Dr. Kaplan's crib: "Weed is good for the eyez!"
Steve Berke is in the middle of an ardent conversation about the decriminalization of marijuana and the plant's medicinal benefits when he interrupts himself to ask, "Do you know anybody who doesn't' know someone who smokes weed?"

We don't.

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In fact, everyone that we know knows at least one person who recreationally smokes pot. Moreover, they probably smoke pot too.

And that's precisely what Berke is trying to remind folks with his latest music video, "Pot Shop," a pro-pot parody of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" highlighting the medicinal value of Mary Jane.

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery," Berke says. "I discovered 'Thrift Shop' when it had a million views [on YouTube]. I listened to the song, loved it. Watched it again, loved it."

It took a few months of "Thrift Shop" looping in Berke's brain before he started re-working the lyrics.

"The chorus was easy," he says. "I'm gonna smoke some weed, only got $20 in my pocket..."

He then studied the lyrical structure of the song and wrote the "somewhat goofy" first verse before slapping the public with weed facts.

"What you know about the science of marijuana?
What you know about people suffering from glaucoma?
They need it, they need it, it helps them with their condition
If don't believe me, then just ask some eye physicians"

We took his advice.

"Marijuana lowers eye pressure," says Dr. Linda Kaplan, Berke's Ophthalmologist and "Pot Shop" co-star. "Now, that's one aspect of it. The second aspect of it is what form of marijuana, and in what way it can be used so that it's safe."

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"Comprised" ? Do you mean compromised ? Because I can't find a medical term on-line for a "comprised optic nerve" ?


There are no miracle drops for cataracts, therefore I'm under the impression that there are no miracle drops for glaucoma.

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