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What Kind of Marijuana Activist are You

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jay selthofner wisconsinWhat Type Of Marijuana Activist Are You?

Despite what big media and conservatives want you to think, marijuana activists are not all the same. We do not fit into a perfect stereotype, despite attempts by our opposition to label us all as ‘mindless, lazy stoners.’ I’m proud to call myself a stoner, but I respect the fact that not all marijuana consumers feel the same as me. Once upon a time, I wrote an article called, ‘What Weed Title Do You Use’ I asked readers what they liked to be called, and the responses were very awesome, and at the same time, very different. The article is a clear example of just how diverse the pro-marijuana movement is. Below are SOME, but not ALL, kinds of marijuana activists. If you think of a type of marijuana activist that I didn’t mention, please add one for everyone to see! Here is my list:

The Throwback Marijuana Activist
This type of activist remembers what it was like to protest in the late 1960’s-early 70’s. They are not afraid to spend a stint in jail, and are very vocal about their beliefs. I wish there were more activists like this; people that are willing to be a martyr for the movement, and push the free speech protections that are afforded to them by the Constitution.

The MMJ Activist
Medical marijuana patients and supporters are a little different than ‘recreational user activists.’ This is largely due to the differing goals and motives between the two types. Mmj participants are already afforded a lot of protections under the law, and therefore are not pushing for the same things. They are more likely to be fighting for access (dispensaries) or for additional conditions to be added to the program in their state. With the exceptions of Colorado and California, mmj activists tend to be more complacent with the current policies in their state. For instance, here in Oregon, most mmj participants have an ‘I already have what I want’ attitude. I feel that I can say this with confidence, being that I’m a member of the OMMP, and things are pretty good for me!

The Recreational Activist
This is the type of activist that most people know. They live in fear of prosecution by law enforcement, simply because they choose to unwind by consuming cannabis. As a result, they are never complacent with the current policies in America. Medical marijuana is fine for some, but for this type of activist, full legalization is the goal.

The Politically Correct Activist
This type of activists seems to be a growing force in the movement. These activists do not like being called pothead, stoner, etc. They do not like the words pot, weed, or even marijuana. They only refer to the green stuff as ‘cannabis.’ While I don’t personally play the vocabulary game, I can fully respect the theory behind it. The words I mentioned above are trigger words, and have a ton of societal taboos attached to them due to the decades-long propaganda campaign. If every marijuana consumer in America called it cannabis, and referred to themselves as ‘cannabis consumers,’ it would reshape the conversation.

The Marijuana Sympathizer Activist
This type of activist is rare, but there are more and more of them every day. These people do not consume marijuana, but they possess logical reasoning skills, and realize that the marijuana laws and policies in this country are f’d up. They might be doctors, attorneys, former members of law enforcement (such as LEAP), or just about anyone. One of TWB’s staff members, NoInhale, falls into this category. The movement needs more people like this, because it leaves no room for argument from the opposition.

The College Campus Activist
As a former college student, I can attest that there is no better ‘marketplace for ideas’ than a college campus. College students are vocal, can be united, and have a great knack for using the internet to voice their opposition. Those are all great attributes for any political movement, especially the marijuana reform movement…It also helps that marijuana consumption is one of the leading activities at college campuses around America! I sure know I puffed tough when I was completing my studies!

Of course, there are numerous other types of marijuana activists in America I’m sure. Almost every political movement in American history was never a ‘one size fits all’ type of deal. The movements were/are made up of a coalition of people, from different backgrounds, and when united, they become a force to be reckoned with. The marijuana movement is no different. As the movement continues to grow, I hope people recognize this, and rather than trying to argue which group ‘has it right,’ we all should realize that we share a common goal, and that we all need each other in order to obtain that goal. ONE LOVE!

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  1. I am a liberal, sign waving, signature gathering, Christian, medical/recreational activist with 33 years of experience with Cannabis, (22 years recreationally, 3 years medically and two periods of abstinence totaling 8 of the 33 years). As such I feel qualified to answer many questions the uneducated medical community has about “addiction,” “withdrawal,” medicinal effectiveness for my various medical conditions (for which mmj is prescribed, dosage suggestions, recipes and most importantly to allay fears and undo the hysterical damage about Cannabis possibly causing psychotic episodes as portrayed in Reefer Madness type propaganda. I have decided to make it my personal mission to educate the medical community and mental health providers of the benefits of this God given herb. Feel free to come up with a type tag for that mouthful. :-)

  2. This is an awesome post! What about the people under 18 (16-17). I am 16 years old and I am a Cannabis Consumer. I don’t mind being called stoner or pot head, but the use of the words marijuana/dope sort of offends me to a degree. Although I don’t mind any of the other slang terms like weed, pot, bud, etc those other words are both offensive, and not true of the substance Cannabis. I guess I would have a mixture of all the types of activist plus more. I am a youth activist and I am speaking out about the school, political, and government systems putting teens in jail or putting them in rehab for a substance that isn’t physically addictive. Also, I am trying to make it legal in general. To sum this up, I agree with your categories and I support the movement!

  3. I’m a Guerilla Activist – the activist that repopulates the world, not the “lazy stoner” ^^. The enhanced botanic skills activist, the one that doesn’t really care about the use, the mother earth lover, the eco-friendly weed farmer. The traveler, sight-see’r, the person that takes pleasure in nature only. 5 cuttings/week -> 8months of growth planted in so various locations (woods, moutains, valley’s, riversides…). Hince this activist is most often opting for legalisation (overwhelming amounts leading to price failure). A risk taker or a OMMP card holder that doesnt mind seeing a mother or two vanish.

    *Currently in Belgium – Laws state that an adult (18+) may grow 1 female plant for personnal use only. No laws on male plants, and since its hard to tell the difference before flowering, even with feminised seeds theres a 1% chance that the mother plant could be male ^^. Yippee Ka YAY for Guerilla Activists (oh, we are very few, and would appreciate for you all to think about it)…

    “1 cop for every 10 human beings, 140 plants for every human being, how long will they take befor giving up that hike ?” -B. Massey

  4. Chataqua-GNT on

    I know that this will draw some spurrs, but I grew up in Ok. Yep a Bullriding Dopesmokin RedNeck!.
    I have reams of medical paperwork to back up my conditions. and here is another spurring – I believe totally in the Refounders Project by Glen Beck.

    Glen has taught me to:
    1.) Ask Bold Questions !
    2.) Discern the TRUTH , and
    3.) SPEAK BOLDLY about your rights! – To everyone who will listen.

    I do believe the an Educated Stoner is Law enforements worst nightmare.

    I suggest that if you are a MM patient, learn the lessons of Flexyourrights.com
    You don’t know how pleasing it is to put a cop in their place.

    Don’t be like me, be nice to the cops.
    Myself I ask them if I am being detained, when they say no. I tell them to go F**k themselfs and walk away , with a big smile on my face. Sometimes I give them a cussin that my Dad would be proud of.

    To summ it up for you I am an Activist in any capacity that I can be.
    I am an American T-Party member and would like to see more people like me in my ranks.
    Please don’t let my Red Neck, dismiss me as racist – I’m not ! My Race is Human

  5. I’m a recreational user, although not currently due to legal issues.

    Im one of the main leading forces of activism in the state of kansas, but I support all out legalization, but im not a stoner, i call it cannabis, and i call you smokers, or consumers, i feel the term ‘users’ refers to people as if they’re addicts and are dangerous, of which we are neither. I educate and preach the truth of cannabis.

  6. I am a cross of some of those types, so I do not fit a mold. I prefer to call the plant by it’s proper name so I do talk a lot about cannabis medicine. I am a canadian cardholder and our authority comes from the federal level so the laws here a different. I have gone to a few protests and will continue especially now that people like Jacob Hunter and Jodie Emery have blaised a trail for peaceful take-overs of MP offices. I consider myself a practical advocate. I want to know what I can do to get the person signed up and how I can help them get a legal suppy as quickly as possible. I write on my blog and twitter under the nome de plume Medicinal Mike. I am working on making a “Cooking Cannibis with Medicinal Mike” DVD, but I can not till I have a large enough supply to go through several recipes. Any growers out there that have some floor sweepings they want to send me to make butter with? :)

  7. Hi. I’m not sure if I fit into any of your categories. I am an activist I suppose, but I don’t live in fear as I live in Spain :)

  8. There is also the silent majority group of activist. They aren’t at the rallies, they are hidden away in their homes smoking that forbidden weed. They are activists because every time they light that bowl or fire of a joint, they are declaring the stupidity of cannabis prohibition. While they are hidden away with their illegal weed, they can be a powerful force in the voting booth. Just think of it this way, every time a joint is lit another nail is being driven into the coffin of prohibition.