Will Stoner Culture Survive in 2022?
As we wrap up one year and enter the third year of a pandemic, the trend towards global cannabis legalization is only gaining traction. While I may have wrongly predicted that cannabis was going to be legalized in North America in 2021, the truth is, it will likely happen sometime in 2022.
The US Congress has said it will take up the issue in the spring of 2022, and further south, the Mexican Senate will also vote in the first quarter of the year.
With all of these legal changes, one can only wonder what will become of the culture that helped drive the movement to legalize cannabis. I’m talking about the stoner culture – which still exists today, but may die out in the near future.
Maybe it won’t fade in its entirety, but it could evolve into something completely different. In today’s article, we’ll take a closer look at how the culture of pot smokers has evolved over the years, and how it might fade away in the near future, unless a few good pot smokers stick with it. their hearts.
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The dawn of stoner culture
The stoner culture is the counterculture. The counterculture arose out of opposition to drug prohibition and did not really “take off” until the 1960s and 1970s. It was a response to aggressive government-sponsored anti-drug rhetoric in which those who smoked cannabis were called “stoners”.
Originally a “stoner” was a reference to alcoholics, but during the 1960s and 1970s when cannabis became the drug of choice for the counterculture, the term was translated into this subculture. These people were generally seen as “outsiders”, “lazy” and mostly unwanted people of the time. The ostracism of this demographic was aimed at making those who participate in it feel like “second-hand citizens” and was designed to appeal to the patriotic ideals of the masses.
Unfortunately, the PSAs were so ridiculous, and the government propaganda grossly exaggerated the effects of marijuana that when people who smoked weed saw these things, they identified with it instead of being ‘pushed back’. by ostracism. As a result, the term “stoner” has gained traction and you will eventually see the concept seep into the counterculture.
“Sticking to the man” became as easy as smoking a joint and therefore, smoking cannabis was a revolutionary action. Plus, along with people like Jack Herer, High Times, and other counterculture magazines of the day, it gave the people a unified voice. Given the therapeutic benefits of cannabis and the fact that it has helped some people where pharmaceuticals have failed, the “cause” has become more than just human attachment, it has become a question of rights. human, health and medicine.
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Normalization of the counter-culture
In the late 1990s, cannabis was legalized for medical purposes in places like California. This happened because another underground culture – that of the gay rights movement that suffered the most from the HIV / AIDS pandemic – discovered that cannabis helps with wasting syndrome and helps stimulate appetite. – the two side effects of HIV / AIDS.
Hence, the counterculture that was widely viewed as a non-threat to the establishment; naturally aligned with the goals of the gay rights movement and as a result medical cannabis has become the route to legalization.
Of course, this merger didn’t mean the end of the Stoner culture. Rather, they have become the “comic relief” in movies, sitcoms, and music. This made the general public feel comfortable with stoners in general and eventually in 2012 – enough support was garnered to push the first recreational push into Colorado and Washington.
When “the man” became a stoner
Since 2012, we’ve seen corporatism enter the cannabis realm and distort what cannabis is. Since then, even the word “marijuana” has been viewed as potentially “offensive”. Corporatism is Woke-ism which appeals to the broadest demographics. This means that their ultimate goal is to be an “ally” of the majority and therefore – a Stoner is no longer doing the job.
I have been reporting cannabis for over ten years now and have seen the evolution of the cannabis industry. While strain names and stores still have the ‘stoner feel’, the truth is, ‘stonerism’ is a far cry from modern cannabis.
With people like Justin Bieber getting into the game and ‘premium’ weed becoming the main product the industry grows – cannabis no longer reflects what it was before 1997.
Today’s cannabis user is the Poser, or narc of yesterday. But today’s cannabis user also spends significantly more than yesterday’s stoner. Which brings us to the question: will the stoner culture survive.
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The death of the stoner?
Corporatism is all about selling a product to the masses and freedom-loving stoners might not do the trick. Although the subculture still exists, it is no longer considered a “ghost activity”. It is no longer revolutionary. In modern cannabis, the Stoner is an endangered breed.
But will the stoner ever go away?
I don’t think so – at least not while I’m still alive and writing to the masses. The stoner simply evolves and is still very counter-culture. It is the stoners of the world who are still suspicious of the government. These are the stoners of the world who would resist government excess, primarily because throughout their lives they were willing to sacrifice their freedom for everyone’s right to smoke.
Stoners are revolutionaries and although many modern cannabis users do not reflect the ethics of the stoner, the spirit of the stoner will always remain strong. In fact, we have to thank the millions of pot smokers who paved the way for what the cannabis industry is today.
So if you’ve read this far, let me ask you a clear and simple question – “Will the OG Stoners please speak!”