Ever engage a person who is staunchly against legalization of marijuana for recreational or even medical use? Often times, when you ask them what their arguments against it are, they'll paint a verbal picture of what they believe the marijuana users to be - potheads.
Many people have a major misconception about what the average marijuana user looks like. Hollywood is largely to blame for these stereotypes. It started in the 1970s with films like the Cheech and Chong movies, and continued through the 1990s and 2000s with movies like "True Romance" and "Half Baked". While many of these movies are hilarious, they have definitely done damage, giving many people a false impression that people who use marijuana have dropped out of life and exist only to get high.
With the rise of medical marijuana use, there are some accurate portrayals of real marijuana users in the media. The Discovery TV reality show, "Weed Wars" introduced some; showing people like recreational pot smoker turned millionaire, Steve DeAngelo. Many well-known and very successful individuals have admitted to using marijuana recreationally, including:
The list of famous people who have admitted to using cannabis also includes Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Phil Jackson, Richard Branson, Bill Mahrer, and countless more. It's obvious that cannabis use doesn't automatically make someone a pothead who will never go further than their living room sofa.
Still, despite how many successful people openly admit to its use, the penalties for marijuana possession and use are harsh in many states. There is a push for reform coming from younger Americans; with marijuana facts spreading around the nation, people under 35 tend to be more open to the idea of legalizing marijuana across the board. When they turn out to vote in record numbers, legalization bills like the ones in Colorado and Washington can pass.
But for all the progress, there are still many people who are stuck on the notion that legalizing marijuana will suddenly mean that the country will be besieged by lazy do-nothing pot heads. Those who want to see marijuana use decriminalized will need to work to fight these stereotypes, educate those with misconceptions, and demand that Hollywood be more responsible going forward about how marijuana users are portrayed in movies and on television shows.
Types of PotHead Stereotypes - Funny
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