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Do You Have A ‘Coming Out Green’ Story?


coming out greenFor a really long time in my life I would be quick to offer up the story about the first time that I consumed cannabis. It was a story that I always found to be medium-ly interesting, and I was always curious to hear other peoples’ stories about their first time consuming. I was particularly interested to know if people experienced the effects of cannabis the first time that they smoked. I didn’t. It actually took me a few times of consumption when I was younger before I felt the fantastic euphoria that came along with consuming quality cannabis. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.

Cannabis stories are powerful. People that oppose cannabis, or are on the fence about cannabis consumption, often times don’t have a familiar face to association with their opposition. They will have images of people on television, or from some other type of media, but rarely do they associate cannabis with someone that they know. That’s why stories are powerful. I bet most cannabis opponents know someone that consumes cannabis, they just don’t know it. Chances are those people are scared to admit that they consume cannabis out of fear of being judged and ‘stoner shamed.’

More and more people are ‘coming out green.’ Green Flower Media put together a very successful campaign about a year ago that has been very effective at changing minds. Hardworking, responsible people consume cannabis. These people are very successful, and contribute positively to society on a daily basis. The more of them that come out, and make it known that they are good people and that they shouldn’t be ‘stoner shamed’ for deciding to consume cannabis, the closer we as a society get to ending cannabis prohibition.

Do you have a ‘coming out green’ story? If so, I encourage you to share it. It can seem scary and awkward, especially in states that have very outdated cannabis laws. But that bravery will not go unrewarded, as you will be helping do your part to make the world a better place by putting a face to cannabis prohibition. It’s easy for opponents to hurl judgment and allegations at ‘someone.’ It’s much more difficult to do it to someone that they call friend or family.



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  1. I understand that there are real world consequences for some people – in fact I let them influence what and where I said things here in Ohio specifically because, one, I use my real name (John Berling) on most forums, and two, I own a small business, where I don’t want to lose business because one customer or another might be against cannabis.

    AND THEN I realized that is exactly the kind of thing that prohibitionsts want.

    Like any smart professional, I try to keep politics entirely out of any conversations I have with customers – about any topic – but should a customer ever confront me about something I said in some forum supporting reform, I would seek to turn the tables, and shame the customer for being against the reform of cannabis law.

    That’s really my point; we need to all adopt that KIND of mentality. To what degree we each can implement it will vary, but we need to not let shame rule the conversation. We need to take away its power by owning our advocacy and instead shaming what is truly shameful, prohibition.

    You’re right that we each have to weigh the cost of advocacy and make a personal decision about what and whether to risk.

  2. that’s easy to say….when your job, possession, and custody of your children don’t depend on continued discretion…

    no you should be more specific…the members of the movement who have the least to lose should be loud and proud…

    If speaking out only drew the ire of family and friends…I think most of us could live with that…but for those of us who still live in prohibition states…particularity in the south…forgive us if we don’t take our freedom, property and children for granted when we choose to continue with discretion about our cannabis use…

  3. This was one of the few points made at the Green Flower summit that actually resonated for me.
    I have long said that advocates need to be really forthright about cannabis, rather than only advocating when there is safety in numbers.
    If we continue to act as though we are ashamed of cannabis, opponents will continue to try to shame us.

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