The role of women in the cannabis industry is always changing and we are becoming more prevalent every day. Most women who use cannabis are very confident and make no apologies for who they are which is an amazing thing. But this is a relatively new outlook towards women being who they want to be and using cannabis openly.
That is why I wanted to find out how people really feel about women who use marijuana, and if it mattered if they were mothers or not. Do most people feel like us and believe that women have the right to use marijuana just like men, or is it not socially accepted just yet?
The best place to get public opinion this day in age is, of course, social media. But I wanted to get an array of opinions, so I asked one question on three different platforms- Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. The purpose of this was to get a mesh of opinions from the different types of people who use these platforms.
On Twitter, I created a simple poll for people to choose a side. I asked Twitter if it is socially acceptable for women to use marijuana and the results were really impactful. 67 percent of people voted yes, 11 percent voted no, and 22 percent voted that it is okay as long as she is not a mother.
It doesn’t surprise me that 67 percent said it is socially acceptable, but it does surprise me how many people feel that mothers shouldn’t use marijuana. I think those people feel that if women use marijuana, they cannot take care of their children. While people can take their marijuana use to an extreme, many women use marijuana today to become better mothers.
So Twitter users feel like women can smoke marijuana and not be judged, how do Facebook users feel? I was nervous to post a poll on Facebook about this subject, simply because I know that many users on this platform can be very aggressive. After creating a poll on Facebook asking if it is okay for women to smoke weed, I was met with a lot of aggression because they felt as if I was sexist for even asking the question.
But the poll ended with a resounding answer to my question. Over 150 people voted yes and two people voted no. And some of the people decided to add their own categories because they believed so strongly about their answer. Over 50 people voted “who cares?” and 5 people voted saying “it is not okay for anyone to smoke weed”.
While the answer was a clear yes, people commented on this poll with intensity. One person said, “Who cares as long as she takes care of her child/children?” Another commenter feels that gender has no role in marijuana use at all which I completely agree with.
Now onto Reddit, which is where I received many comments on this question. Once again without a shadow of a doubt, the answer was, of course, it is socially acceptable for women to smoke weed, why wouldn’t it be? But I was unfortunately met with many aggressive attitudes until I made it clear that I am not against marijuana use and was only asking to prove a point and empower women who use cannabis.
One person said, " No. She might get ashes in my sandwich. Seriously, what is the point of this question? Why WOULDN'T it be socially acceptable for women to smoke cannabis? They carry us inside their bodies for 9 months, they feed us and change our diapers for however long it takes for us to potty train, which they show us how to do. They continue to feed us and put up with our tantrums and annoying questions. If that doesn't make it socially acceptable for women to do anything they want, I don't know what does.”
One woman commented saying she doesn’t think there is a difference but feels uncomfortable with sharing that she uses marijuana with her family, friends, and work in fear of judgment.
She said, “I’ve never noticed a difference, a “pothead” has always been a unisexually negative term in my experiences. I am female and have been a discreet smoker for many years, most of my acquaintances and co-workers would be surprised to find out. My state recently legalized medicinally and I now have a card but am still not ready for it to be public knowledge due to possible effects (judgment) on my job. Despite all this, I am proud of every forward step we take to enlighten the masses and move closer for federal legalization! Every day I feel more comfortable knowing that soon I will not have to hide this part of my life for fear of repercussions and judgments.”
I think her feelings show that there is still a stigma against women using marijuana in traditional settings. Yes, social media feels differently, but that stigma is not completely gone as we need it to be.
The aggressive tones of many of the people show that they felt there is no need to question this because it already is socially acceptable which is a great way of looking at it. But without questions, how will we ever fully progress? Having a healthy discussion is important to make sure women not only are socially accepted but rise to the top in the cannabis industry.
What is clear, is that women are taking hold of the cannabis industry and it is important for that to continue. The only way that will happen is to continue the conversation and make sure that those nay-sayers who feel women and mothers cannot use weed are dead wrong and it can make them a better version of themselves.
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