Why Do Cannabis Connoisseurs Get Such a Bad Rap?

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who smoke the lovely mary jane, and those who don’t.

Sep 23, 2015
Cannabis is not a gateway drug

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who enjoy our lovely mary jane, and those who don’t.

Marijuana is a healing gift from mother nature that has been proved to help control anxiety, prevent seizures, reduce pain, and spur creativity.

So why do cannabis lovers still get a bad rap?

Ever walk into a bar on a Saturday night? Girls crying in the bathroom, frat kids puking outside, meat heads fighting in the street. Yet these bar-goers aren’t seen as alcoholics. We know this because we either are them, we are friends with them, or we are annoyed by them.

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Swig back five tequila shots and a frozen pina colada and you’re just having fun. Smoke a joint or two and to some people, you have a problem. Or worse—you’re a ‘stoner.’

“My friend overdosed on pot,” said no one ever. Sure you might lock yourself in a bathroom stall for eight hours, but you won’t die.

Why are we judged so harshly?

Being judged for doing something non-toxic and totally organic is maniacal. Sugar, caffeine, cigarettes—all have been proved bad for your health yet we are quicker to accept those vices than we are to accept weed.

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We proudly sip on a nicely aged scotch. We enjoy a bottle of red wine from the vineyards of Sicily. We celebrate major life events with expensive bottles of champagne. But whip a joint out at Jacob’s bar mitzvah and you’ll be exiled.

When will we collectively accept that smoking pot doesn’t turn people into lazy, video-game-addicted, brain-dead sloths who lurk in dark basements and live off cheese fries? Even more so, when will we stop considering pot a dirty street drug?

Our favorite misconception of all time

Pot is a gateway drug. Smoking pot DOES NOT lead to sticking dirty needles in your arm. Period. There are many reasons why people turn to crack, heroine, cocaine, meth — but we can assure you, it’s not because they smoked some Mary Jane.

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All we’re saying is, live and let live. We don’t endorse hitting the pipe all day every day, but we can’t see the difference between a glass of red wine and a puff of Sour Diesel.

Just to be clear..

Encouraging the use of marijuana doesn’t mean we’re discouraging drinking. We are the first one to pour a nice glass of Malbec after a long day. Hell, maybe even two!

Everything in moderation, whether you’re swigging from the bottle or lighting up a doobie.

Who won’t cheers to that?

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Sep 23, 2015