Since cannabis prohibition began in 1937, a particular stereotype and stigma have been placed on the cannabis community. Long-haired, no job having, pizza eating, hippie is one of those stereotypes.
Lazy pot smoking dread-head Rasta is another. Then there’s the stupid stoner stigma. These stereotypes may be true for a minuscule proportion of the cannabis community but not for the majority.
The Times Are Changing and the Community is Maturing
The emerging legal cannabis sector is striving to break away from the stoner stigma of yesterday. Engineers and architects are streamlining facilities and businesses giving the cannabis community a sleek makeover from its old stereotype.
Instead of black light posters and tie-dyed walls, companies are opting out for marble, granite, mahogany, and oak. Many of the cannabis dispensaries today are taking on the approach of storefronts that resemble an Apple store or spa rather than a cannabis store.
Some businesses are fully integrated utilizing AI technology incorporated with iPads to give consumers the most information and best purchasing experience possible. You’ll find this if you were to visit the Medicine Man dispensary in Thornton Colorado, as well as many others across the country.
Scrutiny and Regulations Like No Other
The cannabis sector faces more scrutiny and regulations than virtually any other business in existence. From advertising to product placement and packaging every aspect of the cannabis sector has strict laws and compliance to adhere to.
With all these regulations and rules, it’s kind of hard to call anyone operating a successful cannabis business a lazy, stupid stoner. Much less to say the same about the community they serve.
It’s time to break the stigma and negative stereotypes of the word stoner and move towards representing a more engaged consumer base.
It Starts with You
Removing the stigma surrounding cannabis starts with you, the cannabis consumer. Show the world that you are not a lazy, unmotivated stoner but rather an upstanding member of society.
Through these actions, together we can change this outdated draconian stigma and free the leaf and the community that surrounds it once and for all.