Did William Shakespeare Smoke Weed?

06.28.11 Bucky Turco

That’s the question a South African archaeologist is trying to resolve if he’s given permission to examine the legendary poet’s grave. Francis Thackeray wants to use laser surface scanning to positively ID William Shakespeare’s remains and then extract a chemical analysis of his tooth, which could determine whether or not he got stoned. Ten years ago, the researcher found pipe fragments with pot residue in the Bard’s garden and hopes this new data could substantiate the use of the “noted weed” in Sonnet #76.