So many people keep talking about the “social stigma against marijuana” as if it’s still 1969 or something. They’re wrong.
Even though Life magazine had a ground-breaking cover story on it back then (October 31, 1969: 12 million Americans have tried it…should it be legalized?), and even though marijuana was almost legalized during the Carter administration (until some people did some stupid things), and even though recreational marijuana is now legal in 4 states plus Washington DC (and medical marijuana in about 24), and even though now over 100 million American adults have tried it (and around 25 million use it daily), it’s still federally illegal.
So it’s time to turn the tables. The relatively few holdouts from the Reefer Madness era are the ones who should now have the stigma, and perhaps we should gently shame them (as with flat-earthers), rather than continue to allow them to attempt to shame us. We have not only science on our side, but also social approval now. Talking to people can educate them, one at a time:
“Hmph! So you’re one of those stoners!”
“No, actually I’m sick, and I use it for medicine, not to get high…although there’s nothing wrong with that.”
“Well, I have never needed drugs.”
“Good for you. But not everyone is fortunate to have such good brain or body chemistry. Some people get cancer, pain, depression, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, and other serious conditions through no fault of their own. Some people self-medicate with alcohol or cigarettes or coffee for less serious conditions, and those are all drugs too.”
“Wait…can we talk?”