Everybody remembers the guy who hosed Who Dares Wins. Yep. That’s Joe Rogan. Stand-up comedian and host of the Joe Rogan Podcast, he is one of the biggest advocates for cannabis all around the world.
The Daily Mail still stands under the “Reefer Madness” banner.
The ‘stoner’ is lazy, unmotivated, greedy, dirty, and generally unpleasant. The ‘stoner’ is often black, Hispanic, or if white, labelled ‘trash’ to distinguish them from the white establishment. The ‘stoner’ is therefore incompatible with middle-class, white society. The ‘stoner’ has no aspirations in life save to eat junk food and play video games, and will never be seen to head a Fortune 500 company, take regular exercise or raise well-balanced children.
Whether or not international drug traffickers fund militant organisations, the end-user cannot reasonably be held accountable. The illegal status of cannabis and other narcotics causes artificially high profits for black-market operatives, some of which may then be channelled into other illegal activities, but the average consumer of cannabis has no desire for blood to be spilt, or for cannabis to be illegal at all.
Mainstream media has left a solid footprint in the minds of many about the implications of using marijuana and its impact on society – and that footprint definitely isn’t positive.
The most well-known expression of Carl Sagan’s relationship with weed occurs in an article he wrote under the pseudonym, Mr X. At the time, Carl Sagan didn’t want to be public about his opinions about cannabis, but later admitted to writing the paper.
As cannabis becomes legal around the world, it’s important to move on from the stereotype. In a globe where the ideologies and values are shifting as much as they are, it’s time for the modern person to adapt to the new world order – which abandons the idea of prohibition.
While Steve Jobs wasn’t a regular cannabis user, he advocated for its use. The creator of Apple was open about smoking marijuana in the past. And when you think about it, that was a pretty courageous thing to do for a CEO of a public company the size of Apple at the time. In fact, while we are on the topic of stereotypes, the man didn’t even finish college. It just comes to show that success is not linked to smoking cannabis or even finishing school. That, too, is just a stereotype.
At the base of it, a stereotype is an extremely generalized opinion about a certain demographic, where the people who make up the generalization are usually few and far between compared to the rest of the demographic. Humans stereotype all kinds of demographics, from the stereotype pot head to the stereotype woman to the stereotype Christian evangelist.
The stoner stereotype is one of the biggest hurdles that the cannabis movement must overcome. Read now on how to break down the misconceptions.
There’s nothing more annoying to me than when someone texts me to ask if I know where to find Drug XYZ. No, I do not. I only smoke cannabis and I get it at the legal dispensary down the street. If you want shrooms or acid, or whatever else you may be requesting from your stoner friend, find it somewhere else. It’s honestly insulting for someone to think you, as a cannabis user, are the overall drug plug. It shows that you still have cannabis placed in a drug box, when, in reality, it should be placed in a medicine box.
We live in a time where pretty much everyone you know is using cannabis, and most of us are productive members of society. There’s nothing worse than the “Oh, you’re one of thooooose,” judgements (usually from non-consumers) when you say you simply enjoy a nice little joint every now and then.
We’ve all heard the BS argument that cannabis makes people lazy, unmotivated bumps on a log. We are not all hopeless failures just because we like to get high before seeing movies. It’s time for that stereotype to disappear for good.
We may all have a bit of modern-day hippie in us, but the notion that we dress like The Dude at all times is unfounded. Some of the biggest stoners are head honchos at successful companies, sitting at their desks in their $3,000 suits, counting down the hours until they can twist one up.
Placing us all into the “dirty hippie” box like is detrimental to the culture and growth of society in general. This common stereotype prevents us from moving forward in a positive light.
When’s the last time you heard anyone kick back and vibe out to reggae? I’ve been to multiple stoner events, and every time, the music is Bob Marley or some other random Jamaican.
You see it in all manner of entertainment media: the stoner is constantly portrayed as a couch-potato that does nothing but light up and play Destiny. That simply is not true—plenty love to get high and get active.
Whether you go for a run, hit up a hike, or find zen in a yoga class, the thought that everyone who smokes cannabis is at home sinking into a La-Z-Boy is no longer valid. Truth be told, it never was.
While some of us do indeed love reggae, to assume that we’re all just blasting it as our #1 preferred genre of music is stupid. Let this, along with all the other stereotypes on this list, die out immediately.
Cannabis culture has come a long way, but there are still misconceptions about consumers. Here are some stoner stereotypes that need to go extinct.