The previous stoner generations had to deal with a pretty big stigma on the plant that they loved. From Nixon’s “war on drugs,” to Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign, anti pot propaganda has influenced negative attitudes toward cannabis for many decades. This is no longer the case. New studies about the benefits of cannabis, and the legalization effort are changing all of that. More than 33 million adults in the US alone, smoke cannabis. Herb is now more popular than ever. Cannabis has finally gone mainstream.
Cannabis Is Legal In More Places Than Ever
We are currently in a cannabis Renaissance. Cannabis is now legal in over half the US, with eight more states putting it on the ballot this November. Countries all over Europe are reforming their cannabis laws and next year Canada is expected to legalize cannabis as well. Attitudes toward cannabis are changing for the better, and it doesn’t look like that is going to stop any time soon. It’s safe to say that the stigma is finally going away for good.
Stoner Humor Is Everywhere Now
Stoner humor has been around for a long time, with the popularity of Cheech and Chong movies and records, but it was not even close to being mainstream. Back in the nineties The Simpsons made pretty consistent references to Otto the bus driver being a stoner, but only people who were in the know actually got the joke. Now, stoner humor is more popular than before, even with people who don’t use cannabis. TV shows like Broad City, and the entire catalog of Judd Apatow movies prove that stoner humor has officially crossed over into the mainstream. MTV even has a new show coming out called Mary + Jane about two young women attempting to create a successful pot delivery business. A show like this would have been unthinkable ten years ago.
Cannabis Is Everywhere On The Interwebs
If you go on the internet, you’ve probably noticed that cannabis forums are all over sites like Reddit. Instructional videos on how to dab and roll joints are everywhere on YouTube. Head shops such as Grasscity are in abundance. You can find the answers to any question that you could possibly have pretty easily. When I started smoking weed, I had to rely on getting information from my stoner friends. I learned how to roll a joint by watching one of my friends do it. It seems like stoners have taken over the internet, and that is a good thing.
The Cannabis Industry Is Growing
The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world right now. According to Forbes, the industry is currently worth 7.1 billion dollars in the United States alone. Investors know this, which is why some billionaire businessmen are starting to expand their interests into cannabis. You could say that the future of business is (at least partially) in cannabis.
Cannabis is not going anywhere; in fact, it’s only going to get more popular. It looks like the world has finally accepted us as stoners, and I for one could not be more excited. Now if only lawmakers and law enforcement would catch up. Let’s light up a J to celebrate.
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