An Update From The Cannabis Closet

A reader writes: Like many readers, I satisfyingly came out in the second edition of The Cannabis Closet, although I got a smackdown for talking about my two-year-old daughter’s help in the garden. I have since tripled the size of my grow and quit my teaching job. By now my children are bored by my “plants,” … Continue reading An Update From The Cannabis Closet

The Cannabis Closet: A Female Double-Standard

Tracie Egan Morrissey articulates it well: Last year I wrote a post about how I’m a mother that smokes pot, but I published it anonymously because I wussed out at the last minute. It struck me as a pointless measure, even at the time, because it’s not like I’d ever kept my weed habit a secret before [see … Continue reading The Cannabis Closet: A Female Double-Standard

The Cannabis Closet: Canadian Edition

by Chris Bodenner Canadian Parliament, in fact: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has smoked marijuana since he became an MP. … The Liberal leader said he last smoked marijuana about three years ago. It was at his house in Montreal, outside on a patio by the pool. “We had a few good friends over for a dinner party, … Continue reading The Cannabis Closet: Canadian Edition

Women In The Cannabis Closet

Ann Friedman ponders women’s hesitancy to identify as marijuana users: In pop culture, “stoner” and “slacker bro” are practically synonymous. The modern slacker-stoner, [professor of sociology Wendy] Chapkis writes [pdf], “resists the conventional expectations of manhood” to be an ambitious breadwinner, as well as the sixties political, countercultural associations with weed. He’s just kinda … hanging out. … Continue reading Women In The Cannabis Closet

The Cannabis Closet: Home Invasion, Ctd

A reader writes: To the previous reader who took this woman to task for smoking inside her apartment: where is she supposed to go? Smoking outside is a great way to get caught. Many MJ smokers, myself included, would vastly prefer to go outside for all the reasons mentioned, but in many places it’s just too dangerous. … Continue reading The Cannabis Closet: Home Invasion, Ctd

The Cannabis Closet: Home Invasion

A reader adds to the classic Dish series: I’m a long-time reader for many reasons.  I’m a writer, Anglophile, was raised Catholic, and have a gay ex-husband whom I love dearly.  I’ve also been a long-time crusader against the ridiculous war on marijuana.  About a month ago, I experienced firsthand the persecution that comes from these … Continue reading The Cannabis Closet: Home Invasion

The Cannabis Closet, Ctd

Republican lawmakers are in it as well: Assemblyman Steve Katz, a 59-year-old Republican who voted no last year on a bill to legalize medical marijuana, had been traveling 80 mph on I-87 through Coeymans, N.Y., where the speed limit is 65 mph, state police said. During the speeding stop, police said a trooper noted the odor of marijuana … Continue reading The Cannabis Closet, Ctd

The Cannabis Closet Cracks Open


Marijuana is now legal in Washington state:

Today, for the first time in 89 years (Washington lawmakers initially outlawed cannabis in 1923, 14 years ahead of the enactment of federal prohibition.), an adult may possess up to one ounce cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) for their own personal use in private — and they may do without being in violation of state law.

Sullum compares marijuana legalization and marriage equality:

Just as an individual’s attitude toward gay people depends to a large extent on how many he knows (or, more to the point, realizes he knows), his attitude toward pot smokers (in particular, his opinion about whether they should be treated like criminals) is apt to be influenced by his firsthand experience with them.