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somebody that smokes weed. here are the different types of stoners

This is the most common stereotype. Drop-out stoners didn’t graduate from high school because they skipped most of their classes. They were always getting into trouble and sneaking around. You’d find a drop-out stoner in the bathroom trying to hide his smoke. They usually sounded like they had accents from California and they never washed (or changed) their clothes. They drove really crappy cars (usually vans with a mattress in the back) and were always getting tickets. The police usually knew them by name.

Drop-out stoners usually had lots of room mates. That’s because most of them couldn’t keep their fast food or movie theater jobs. And the only reason they wanted a job was to buy more weed. They were always late to work and looked like they had just woken up even if it was 9 in the evening. They didn’t talk about much other than marijuana and getting high. They usually didn’t own products like shampoo or toothpaste and thought of such objects as secondary to the weed they wanted. They would only buy weed in nickel or dime size bags and always owed a bunch of money with promises to pay back later.

The drop-out stoner was the typical stoner of the movies. They never had girl friends, they played jokes on the jocks, and they dropped out of school.

The morbid stoner always listened to metal and pinned up pentagrams on their black walls. They wore black t-shirts with metal band logos and blue jeans (dressing up consisted of a wrinkled button up shirt). They usually tried to grow their hair long and had weird fascinations with chain mail armor and dragons. For whatever reason, the morbid stoner was always obsessed with evil. They had bongs shaped like skulls, they lit black candles, and usually collected knives and horror flicks. They always seemed to smoke Marlboro cigarettes and 9 times out of 10 had a Zippo lighter. And even though they were obsessed with the occult and anything evil, they were usually pretty nice and easy to get along with (which never made a lot of sense).

The morbid stoner usually always bought a quarter bag and never owed much money. They usually bought an older car and tried to fix it up some. They would tend to stay up at night and sleep late. And they’d always be talking about getting tickets to the next metal concert that was coming into town. They were laid back and always seems just a slight bit arrogant. They were nice but they really didn’t give much of a crap about what you were saying. The world was against them in their eyes and for whatever reason, they had to stick together to fight the war of society.

Did I mention that they usually could do hand drawings of really evil stuff that looked amazing?

Hippie Stoner Stereotype.

You knew this one was coming. The hippie stoner was always the happy stoner. They were always the most fun to get stoned with. They liked colorful music, decorations, and clothes. They always had things laying around that would make your mind work overtime after you smoked some of their really good stuff. They were peaceful and loving. They didn’t judge anyone except the authorities that made the laws banning their life.

The hippy stoner had black lights, tie die shirts, leather fringes, beads, and their place always smelled a little funny (not necessarily good or bad). They eventually got into piercings and a little more modern music. Still, their favorite music was the 60’s and they always wanted to know how to play some obscure musical instrument. They seemed to have hints of some weird religion. They always got hand-me-down furniture that was broken in and comfortable.

The hippy stoner was happy about life and made the best out of the situations they faced. They usually had health food and loved anything natural. For whatever reason, make-up and hair gel was not their friend. They always knew about this weird stuff to do when you got sick or hurt yourself. Life was never dull with the hippie stoner.

The party girl stoner isn’t necessarily of the female gender. They got their name because where they congregate, there will usually be more women than men. This group usually included college students, jocks, strippers, waiters/waitresses, people who frequent clubs or bars, and Christian smokers.

This is the second most clickish group one can find. You’d be lucky if they thought about inviting you. The party girl stoner is always showing some amount of skin or making sexual references. They are incredibly beautiful people and are incredibly materialistic. They can also be incredibly funny and goofy when having one of their many parties. They tend to use and run over people and are arrogant. They are social machines and a good percentage of what they talk about is gossip, revenge, or how someone did them wrong at their work. They usually have hot tempers because they are spoiled and they already know this (sometimes they are proud of this).

The party girl stoner is also a good drinker. Half the time, they are drunk when they are stoned. They love shopping malls and are usually middle or upper class. They are always fighting with their significant other and there tends to be a significant amount of drama associated with their immediate lives (especially their mother or father for some reason). They watch a lot of TV and love the most popular top-40 music. They are trendy, popular, and they usually lack a sense of spirituality.

Pimp Stoner Stereotype.

The pimp stoner is usually not a pimp (of course). They are laid back and relaxed. They take life as if comes to them. They are engrossed in their culture and are usually somewhat close to family members (who may or may not smoke with them). The pimp stoner is usually focused on a certain style to the point where it wastes time and energy and they aren’t fast to make decisions. They are usually low to mid income and they are the third hardest click to get into.

The pimp stoner is one of the few stoners who love athletics and outside. They are overly concerned with their clothes and cars so they can impress their friends. They ask a lot of favors from each other and borrow a lot from each other. One can say this group really sticks together. They also tend to cuss a lot and most of the time they roll joints. They don’t waste a lot of time on bongs or pipes.

And if you smoke with the pimp stoner, relax. It’s going to be a while before he finally takes a drag and passes that thing around.

Corporate Stoner Stereotype.

This guy is sharp. He’s dressed up in his suit or uniform and he’s all about business. He’s hiding back in his hotel room smoking a joint and hiding it from most of the people he knows. He spends a lot of time in bars and will hang out a lot with the party girl stoners.

This is the most difficult click to get into, period. They can be arrogant, rude, self-centered, pushy, and down-right back stabbing. They usually have one or two guys they hang out with most of the time and they spend a lot of time in the bar. They have a need to succeed and they are interested in number one so if they think you are going to rat them out, they’ll destroy you. You can’t tell who they are because they don’t tell anyone they smoke. They are tiny secret societies and even the drug dealers don’t usually like them because they are worried about getting caught.

Nerd Stoner Stereotype.

The nerd stoner is a little more rare than the other groups. They love to get stoned and work on their computers. They can do all kinds of incredible things and they usually are the ones who write books.

They never stop. they are always building a bigger bong, rolling a longer joint, or doing something you’ve never seen before. This group is the easiest to join but not to get along with because the debates, research, computer time, attention deficit disorder, and weird quirks can wear on some people. They love life and are somewhat pessimistic about people. They are more prone to spill your bong water or salivate all over the joints they smoke. They are a weird and true breed with a mix of chaos and security.

They love junk food and their house is usually a disaster. They collect junk that you thought no one could use until they made a bong out of it that worked disturbingly well. They are funny, difficult, and sincere and they cherish their friends. Their house usually smells weird because they haven’t taken out the trash or done any laundry in a decade or so. They love life, blue skies, and have ten million good ideas they’ll never finish. The nerd stoner is one of the nicest guys you can smoke with and they usually like to hang with the hippie stoners.

Gamer Stoner Stereotype.

While very closely related to the Nerd Stoner Stereotype, the Gamer Stoner is a very interesting breed. They can have undertones of any of the stereotypes listed, save for the Party Girl. They love to get stoned and play games. More often than not, Marijuana is the Gamer Stoner’s ‘Spinach’. They get super-human video game powers whilst they are stoned and playing games.

The Gamer Stoner is indeed a hardcore gamer. Sometimes Gamer Stoners have a tough time finding their own kind. But once two Gamer Stoners find eachother, it’s like they’re old friends. They get along well with most other stereotypes, with the exception of the Party Girl. Gamer Stoner’s often wish they could put them out of their misery. They have interesting quirks and interesting vocabulary. Often heard is the expression ‘w00t!’. And most of the time the Gamer Stoner is very figity with his hands.

Gamer Stoners are very cool people and are very laid back. They enjoy movies, tv, and of course, Games. When you walk into a Gamer Stoner’s pad, you’ll quickly notice the top notch entertainment center along with the latest consoles, PC, and games. The gamer stoner is always looking for ways to make something louder, faster, and/or stable. They never throw away boxes and always have electronics and stereo equipment that ‘is going to get fixed this weekend’.

The Gamer Stoner usually have a job that makes them enough money to live nicely and have the latest gear. Some Gamer Stoners actually become a part of the game industry. They also are very into music, technology, and exotic pets.

You can usually find these guys at LAN Parties, Pro Wrestling Events, 20-Something Bars, Software stores, music events, festivals, and of course, Raves.

They generally smoke out of everything. They have just as much pride in their paraphenalia as they do in their games and electronics. They generally go through an eighth or two a week.

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Looking Through the Smoke: Debunking the Stereotypical Pothead

Story by Spencer Clifton | Photos by Casey Rothgeb | Design by Sara Roach

Unmotivated. Stupid. Dangerous. These common negative labels have plagued marijuana consumers for decades.

With new marijuana laws still being passed and the recent birth of the legal marijuana industry, these labels that are usually negative in connotation and may be getting a long overdue update.

Dealing with the Law

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that police officers have seen the negative sides of marijuana that few others do. Cops deal with marijuana criminal offenses, which could shed a negative light on marijuana consumers.

Marc McPherson, patrol lieutenant for Central Washington University police department explains that these marijuana violations are more frequent than you might think. “Over the last several years, the shift has been to significantly more calls to investigate potential marijuana law violations [while] calls for liquor law investigations have dramatically declined.”

The rise in marijuana violations can be explained for two reasons, according McPherson. The demographic of people in which he is responsible for are often all under the age 21 and all students living on campus are succumbed to strict university marijuana guidelines.

Interactions with underage users have provided some interesting and diverse experiences for McPherson. “I have contacted a number of folks that would fall right into the Hollywood stereotypical ‘pothead,’ but I have also contacted some 4.0 students who you would never guess smoke frequently,” claims McPherson.

“The thing that drives those stereotypes are when people … put a priority on their substance use to the point that it consumes their lives and seems to interfere with the balance of being a responsible, functional adult,” he adds.

McPherson explains that although he is required to deal with the negative side of marijuana consumers, he makes sure to push any personal bias or negative stereotypes aside.

“We get to the point where a change in the law is just part of growing within the profession,” explains McPherson. “A good officer is capable of performing the job within the parameters that the citizens of the state, the legislature and the courts have set forth and [is] able to keep their personal feelings out of it.”

The Legal Weed Industry

The legal marijuana industry, according to the Washington State Treasurer, made 395.5 million dollars in marijuana sales and license fees in 2019. The booming industry, which was legalized in 2012, is making millions of dollars from the plant that has held negative stigmas since the beginning of the industry.

With the start of this booming industry comes millions of careers that are specialized in the legal marijuana field.

Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), an organization dedicated to representing the rights of legal cannabis businesses as well as protecting state cannabis laws, says, “The cannabis industry is made up of a wide variety of skill and training backgrounds and the people involved in it are dedicated, innovative and professional.”

The training and dedication that are required of cannabis employees can be almost as extensive as the amount of positions that the legal weed industry provides to job hunters. “Dispensary employees must receive a minimum of sixteen hours of continuing education for each two-year licensing period,” according to the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

Fox claims that the NCIA represents packers, growers, programmers and even plumbers in the marijuana industry.

The positive impact that the legal marijuana industry has provided to those seeking careers and the amount of economic profit have helped to improve stigmas surrounding marijuana, according to Fox.

“While the stigma against cannabis and its consumers still remains in certain age and geographic demographics, it has greatly decreased overall in recent years, largely because of the relative successes of state-level legal cannabis markets and increasing public education,” explains Fox.

Allison Trulson, budtender at The Green Shelf, and girlfriend of PULSE photographer Casey Rothgeb, explains further just how essential the marijuana industry has become. “The fact that I am still an essential worker in this whole COVID-19 pandemic should show that obviously the stigma has reduced,” she says.

However, just because in recent years the stigma surrounding marijuana has gone down, does not mean it does not still exist. “I have family who I have not even bothered telling about my job yet because I am worried about their responses and facing their judgment,” explains Trulson.

A Responsible Consumer

In light of these new laws and this new industry, this may be the perfect time for the community to consider defining the new consumer — a responsible cannabis user.

Jordan Hoadley, a former packager for Orange State Marijuana Producers, expresses that the harsh stigma behind marijuana could potentially come from people’s unfamiliarity with the substance. “I would say most of the people that have a negative stigma towards it, [have] not tried it,” he says.

Jordan O’Dell, Washington resident and avid marijuana consumer, adds, “If the user can still carry out a normal life and still be a functioning member of society, hold a steady job, all those things, then what is the problem?”

Though, even people such as O’Dell that are a proponent of safe recreational marijuana use hold reservations for people who misuse the substance. “It is honestly one of those things that you have to use in moderation,” he explains. “It is not something that you should always smoke 24/7, every minute of the day. That is not what it is there for.”

The stigma of marijuana may be harder to beat than simply leading by example and being a conscious user.

Your Choices Define the Community

Marijuana consumers are not bound to the stupid, lazy stereotype that they have commonly been portrayed as. However, in some cases, those stereotypes may have some truth to them.

Ultimately, the choice is up to the consumer to think about what kind of representation they want to be for the marijuana community. “You can abuse anything, so it is up to the individual to moderate,” says Hoadley. “They need to decide their dosage and what works for them. You can very easily be a productive member of society and smoke weed every day.”

If you are a marijuana consumer, consider taking a moment to think about the kind of stoner you want to be to redefine stigmas of cannabis culture.

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