Oh, Thanksgiving. What a wonderful time of the year, getting together with family and friends for a marathon of merriment — a day of intense preparation and intense gluttony here in the United States, where we get high enough off of tryptophan that we forget the initial cause of the holiday. Thanksgiving is my number-one holiday. In fact that has always been true, and it’s only gotten better with age. Now, we have Friendsgivings too, creating a possible weeklong celebration of turkey stuffing, and another contender: Danksgiving.
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As marijuana culture increasingly becomes part of the mainstream, people begin to accept it in all of its forms in more and more social situations. I remember when I was walking down the streets of Berkeley as a kid, and I would smell that sweet but skunky odor, not knowing what it was. At that time, marijuana was outside of my scope. It failed to register as something very notable — either for its drug association in one view or general acceptance in others.
In its widest definition, a drug is a chemical substance that changes how the body operates, garnering a biological effect that deviates from "normal." Now, normal is a hard to thing to define. Medically speaking, normal might be considered as everyone but the last few percentage of the population on either side of the spectrum. Tall and skinny, short and fat — there is quite the disparity between friends and even relatives. So if someone needs to go through a process in order to eat or sleep "normally," it is not fair to call them drug users.
A new study in the American Medical Association’s Jama Psychiatry shows that marijuana use more than doubled from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013. In that time the percentage of adults in the U.S. who used cannabis in the past year went from 4.1% to 9.5%.
These numbers don’t come as a surprise to most people. It’s no secret that cannabis has become much more mainstream since the early ’00s. In fact, marijuana has become much more mainstream in just the last few years.
According to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention report released Oct. 15, more high schoolers are using marijuana than cigarettes or cigars, which means something has changed.
Back in 1997, 21% of high schoolers polled said they had smoked a cigarette or cigar within the last 30 days. In 2013 (the year this report polled students), that percentage dropped to a mere 7% — an astronomical 64% decrease in those 16 years.
It’s no secret that marijuana has become mainstream. Presidential candidates discuss it, doctors recommend it, and even CNN dedicates primetime on-air space to it. And, thanks to the Oakland Museum of California, people can now be publicly educated about it.
The Oakland Museum of California will be hosting an exhibit from April 16-September 25 2016 called “Altered State: Marijuana in California”, which makes them the first U.S. museum to feature cannabis.