How comedy can help to normalize the use of cannabis

Published Sep 4, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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Who doesn't like a good laugh today, and if the subject is green and can make you relaxed and smile, where do we sign up? As legalization is slowly creeping across the states, the cannabis jokes are growing. Comedians at the comedy club today have an opportunity to help shape the public opinion on cannabis consumption.

There goes the bold and brave

George Carlin

  • Previous years the openly discussing of cannabis and its use was deemed more of a taboo. However, some comedians took the challenge like George Carlin. He chose to discuss cannabis in a non-sensational manner. George Carlin actively advocated for the consumption of cannabis, and he often spoke of consuming cannabis to assist his creative juices.

Rachel Wolfson

  • The host and comedian of a popular podcast, "Chronic Relief," feels the importance of presentation when marijuana reform is part of her comedy club routine. She feels the importance of finding and delivering the humour you have experienced, and that breaking the cannabis stigma of the "lazy stoner" through
    comedy is essential.

Sara Weinshenk

  • “Shenk” and “Shenks for smoking” is how Sara Weinshenk engages in the cannabis conversation with her fellow comedy club comedians. Sara engages her fellow comedians in various topics of discussion while smoking cannabis. Her role as a comedian is to normalize subjects considered taboo. Cannabis and marijuana reform fall into this category. Some of the other taboo subjects include she touches on include alternative medicinal forms and mental health. Sara tells her listeners she can function well high that while high, her creative style is enhanced.

Dave Chapelle

  • The stand-up and comedy sketches from Dave will almost guarantee to have cannabis in his sketches. He likes to address the usual stoner stereotypes in a manner that is positive and harmless. Bonding with a dog in a Netflix special is a stoner's dream. The plot incorporates weed and Chapelle’s dogs' association with food and the realization that weed smells lead to Chapelle eating and perhaps food.

Bruce Jingles

  • Mr. Jingles believes that comedy alone helps to dispel the often coined words "dumb stoner." Comedy is hard work, and Bruce talks about the stigma through his own experiences. He lets people know he is not a full-on stoner and that he doesn't want to be portrayed as dumb. He is here to do his part in breaking the stigma through comedy. When Jingles was employed in a day job, he could not put cannabis into his gig. He was labelled a dirty comic. Things have changed, as he is now considered more mainstream, and with that, he feels he can take more comedic risks. He wants people to continue communication and do it intelligently.

Last smile

Women in the cannabis space that are funny and female comedians have a lot to give to the cannabis and the comedy space. The combination of female cannabis connoisseurs and female comedians could be the answer in helping to remove the stigma attached to female cannabis users today.

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