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5 Ways To Normalize Cannabis

Normalize Cannabis

Practically everyone you know and their grandmother either smokes cannabis, applies topical CBD products, or eats the occasional gummy bear.

With federal legalization up in the air, it’s up to YOU to normalize cannabis. We rounded up some key ways we can help spread the word about cannabis in a casual, educational manner that eliminates the tired stigma once and for all.

Small steps we can take to normalize cannabis

Call it cannabis

Firstly, we should give cannabis a proper name and use its scientific one. Nicknames like “pot” and “weed” just sound less than. If we want cannabis use to be taken seriously, let’s agree to call it by its grown-up name—no more “ganja” or “Mary Jane.” Imagine if you had to explain to your boss that you partake for medical reasons.

“Hey, boss, I need to smoke weed for my health issue” versus “Hey, boss, I have a medical cannabis card to help with *insert medical issue here.*” Which sentence do you think they’d be more receptive to? Probably the latter.

Educate younger generations

It’s true what they say: kids really are the future. If we want the world to be a better place, it starts with the education of the younger generations. Teach your kids about cannabis, including all the pros and cons so they have a well-rounded outlook rather than a biased one.

Avoid the stereotypes

Forget what you’ve seen on TV or in movies, the effects of cannabis come with effects that go beyond just lounging on the couch all day with the munchies—not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not the full picture.

Those unfamiliar with cannabis may think that it makes users lazy, unmotivated, and lethargic… but that’s not entirely true! Some cannabis strains provide the exact opposite effects with elevated energy, creativity, and motivation. Don’t let your friends and family fall for the media stereotypes.

Vote, vote, vote

Do you want to live in a more cannabis-friendly US? Or Canada? Or Brazil? If so, you need to vote to normalize cannabis and relegate it! And vote consistently year after year! The man or woman you vote into office may hold the key to future cannabis laws and regulations. They have the power to legalize cannabis from all angles.

Normalize Cannabis: What Are The Signs?

At this point, you may be thinking, “Haven’t we normalized cannabis yet?” and “How do we know when we’ve achieved our goal?” In part, yes, we have done a fair amount of work over the years to normalize cannabis… but more work must be done! These are some signs that we’re making progress.

  • Cannabis tax money goes to help schools (source 1)
  • Cannabis-themed weddings are more common (source 2)
  • People meet each other on cannabis dating apps (source 3)
  • More and more states continue to legalize cannabis (source 4)

That last factor is key. One of the best and most influential ways to normalize cannabis stems from state-wide laws. Please, please, please, no more jail time for people caught with cannabis in their pockets or in their vehicles. First, lawmakers must decriminalize cannabis as step one and then follow through with laws that keep citizens out of jail.

External References

  1. Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). (2024). Cannabis tax money distribution. Retrieved from the MPP website.
  2. New York Times (NYT). (2022). “With This Weed, I Thee Wed.” Retrieved from the NYT website.
  3. LA Weekly. (2023). About cannabis dating apps. Retrieved from the LA Weekly website.
  4. The Associated Press (AP). More states may legalize cannabis. Retrieved from the AP website.

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