Cold Cannabis Case: 'Bones' on Medical Pot

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel co-star on "Bones," now in its ninth season on Fox.

Crime shows love medical marijuana. Last year The Mentalist devoted an episode to a dispensary caper and now Bones has done the same, with a twist of cannabidiol (CBD).

The body of a four-month-old murder victim is found in the woods in "The High and the Low." It turns out the victim worked at a dispensary. The sleuths at the Jeffersonian Institute lab determine that her death had something do with a crop of CBD-rich plants she was growing and selling under the table at the the shop.

"CBDs account for the medicinal effects of marijuana," says Dr. Brennan (Emily Deschanel). "It would give relief to patients without getting them intoxicated."

"But that wouldn't have ben a big seller at the dispensary," contends Dr. Hodgins (T.J. Thyne).

The convoluted plot pins the death on one of the buyers of the dead woman's CBD strain. "Why would I have kiiled her?" he squirms during an interrogation.

"Because you're a drug dealer on campus, plus she cut off your supply at her dispensary," says Brennan's partner, and husband, Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). "We talked to some of your classmates. They said four months ago you sold pot to some of your customers and it didn't get them high."

"Because her plants were truly medicinal," Brennan chimes in.

"That's why you didn't go back for the rest of her grow," Booth continues. "You just won the award that day and you had it in your backpack when you went out to confront her."

"She just sold to me at the dispensary," the dealer says.

"That's for people who need it, people who are sick," Booth states emphatically.

So the pot dealer was pissed off at the grower for selling him weak medicinal weed and then clubbed her over the head with a trophy. Yeah, right. Tell us another TV story.

This episode really lays it on thick with a subplot involving a cancer patient who works in the forensics lab and uses medical marijuana. He's fired, but then his boss relents and gives him a freelance position that skirts the law.

It's fascinating that CBD, which is known to help people who suffer form seizures, convulsions and spasms, is being touted on television as the real medical marijuana. Anything else containing THC is viewed as recreational. This is not based in reality, though several states have recently passed CBD-only medical-pot bills. Most experts contend that a mixture of CBD and THC is necessary to treat most conditions.

Bones airs Mondays at 8 pm ET, on Fox.

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.