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Thoughts of a Smoker: Weeding Out The Stereotypes

Updated on July 2, 2012
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The Question.

There are many stereotypes in this world. Stereotypes dealing with race, religion, physical characteristics, and even hobbies. The specific stereotypes I would like to address in this Hub, naturally, is the stereotype of "stoners." This stereotypes is given for people who use marijuana. As one of those people, and as an author of Hubs relating to this topic, I've witnessed this ignorant behavior firsthand. So, as my third installment of this series, I'd like to identify and discuss the stereotypes surrounding marijuana and its users.

Certainly, many stereotypes exist for good reasons. And, yes, anecdotes contrary to those stereotypes can have some significance in the discussion. But is it necessarily wise to assume, over such a distorted medium of communication as the internet, that someone who uses marijuana fits the stereotypes to a T? How much can you tell about a person who has a single thing in common with another? Specifically concerning marijuana users, are they all high school drop-outs who have nothing intellectual to say or productive to do?

Comedic? Certainly. Accurate? Not necessarily.
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The Discussion.

As you might suppose based on the title of this series, I am a smoker. And while, at least, in my eyes, I don't match the stereotype of a lazy of stupid stoner, does marijuana use lead to that effect on the majority of its users? I think it can certainly be said that the set perception many people have of marijuana smokers is grossly inaccurate, but to what extent? A huge part of the problem is that marijuana has an entire world of affects. It can energize, calm, excite, depress, elevate, or confuse you. It can make you incapable of driving, inspire you to write (this I know from experience!), incapacitate your motor functions, stimulate your senses, and do many other things.

So, as society notes a major misapplication of this plant, which is its use by teens who don't have the highest worth, it also makes the mistake in thinking that this cause to the effect of marijuana is inherent and unavoidable. I've had a Hubber respond (in hub form, not actually commenting or placing me under the impression they were open for logical discussion of any kind) to this series in a Colbert-like manner that seems characteristic of many ignorant people.

It's important to consider: should we hold these people accountable for their mixed up perception as we do with racists? Isn't being raised in a white neighborhood with a C.S.A flag in your yard and being taught that blacks are inferior and useless akin to being indoctrinated in a religious and conservative household and taught that marijuana is evil and its users are the same, and even more useless?

Conclusion and Reflection

When it comes to stereotypes, education and enlightenment are key. People take their cues from society; if your parents are racist, you might be raised in that environment. How does one rid oneself, or others, of these inaccurate mental portrayals of groups of people? Education through discussion and research.

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      Brenda 5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Grate Hub. I'm not a smoker, but I'm not against it. I think there are a lot of drugs out there that need to keep illegal but pot is not one of them. There is worse things out there that our law enforcement needs to focus on.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Thanks for the comment, Peanutritious! Indeed, laws often times are puzzling. Salvia, which is much more potent than marijuana, is legal in some states! Not to mention the disgusting Spice and Bath Salt situations. Enlightenment is not easily attained, but it's worth fighting for.

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Great hub! I'm a smoker too. It's laughable the way people think marijuana is more harmful than alcohol as it's illegal. You don't go out in town on a Friday night and see swarms of youths fighting because they're stoned! Great to read a hub from this angle.

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Thanks for reading, rating, and the compliments! I know there are people in my life that I wouldn't be over-eager to tell I smoke marijuana, I would suppose similar cases for most people. But when you are part of a group who suffers labels, not letting yourself mindset be altered in the slightest is key, since you should know the error is in their thoughts, not your actions. Thanks, as always!

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      Lisa Williams 5 years ago

      I completely agree with this hub, as a smoker myself! Unfortunately, at this time I have a medicinal excuse to partake but it has not always been this way. Before I was deemed medically eligible I smoked to keep myself motivated and to obtain energy, that I so often lacked. If the world wants to look down on me, I do not care; because I know that I am an intelligent motivated person, other peoples opinions do not matter. Thanks for this hub it was a well written look at the other side. I voted up!

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      Steve Orion 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Thanks, Georgie. Labels are the easiest route, in most cases. Also, being ignorant is far easier than educated. It's depressing, how some people who post on the internet show their intelligence, or lack thereof, by posing an argument without logic or reason. Part of the reason we need more people informed, less religious, and less under their rocks.

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      I think it's just easier to put labels on people. I don't care who is smoking what, as long as it doesn't affect me (as long as they're are plenty of Doritos).

      Good Hub. I think this discussion needs to happen.