Stand-up comic and activist Margaret Cho has signed on with Amazon to star in and executive produce a new marijuana-themed sitcom, titled “Highland.”
Though it’s not the only show like it in development — Adam Scott from “Parks & Rec” is currently developing another marijuana shop sitcom for NBC — “Highland” is not restricted by network television. According to Variety magazine, the show is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Tomorrow Studios for Amazon Prime, Amazon’s award-winning streaming video service.
Liz Sarnoff, who also wrote “Lost” and “Deadwood,” is the writer attached to “Highland.” Amazon is producing a number of projects for a season of original content.
Cho, who advocates publicly for marijuana legalization, plays a character fresh out of rehab and trying to start over. So she moves back in with her dysfunctional family — a family who happens to run a weed store.
Cho’s activism began with advocating for LGBT and homeless rights, but recently, she’s ramped up her support for legalization. She told The Cannabist in June that ending prohibition on marijuana is “important in terms of helping people and getting safe access.”
“It’s always been a pet cause of mine,” she said.
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