The cannabis revolution is happening on the small screen. The time of stoner flicks’ movies that perpetuated the ‘stoner’ stereotype is finally changing. Characters that use cannabis are finally real, complex, and three-dimensional. Highlighting a larger shift in public perception. In 2016 a Gallup poll found 60% of Americans support legalizing cannabis in some form. This is just the beginning, normalizing cannabis is a great hurdle. To fight against the strong stigma that surrounds both cannabis and those who use it.
Last fall new shows premiered giving viewers new cannabis smoker narratives. HBO’s High Maintenance chronicles the adventures of a cannabis delivery man. MTV’s Mary + Jane two friends with their or cannabis delivery service. Viceland’s Weediquette an educational documentary series covers everything from veteran’s use of cannabis to ailments THC is curing in children. Viceland in particular is leading the charge to normalize cannabis. By balancing informational and entertaining cannabis programs. All these representations of cannabis use among different demographics is chipping away at the negative views of the plant. The number of shows revolving around cannabis use in the mainstream media will only continue to grow.
Currently, cannabis is legal in some form across the country in 29 states & D.C. Cannabis has garnered momentum, many states like Vermont discussed legalizing adult cannabis use. The market is booming with new companies springing up catering to the various needs of cannabis smokers. In states that have legal adult-use like Denver you can take a rolling class; to roll joints and sushi. Some in the culinary world are also embracing the industry allowing for the love of food and cannabis to meet.