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How do you combat stoner stereotypes and stigmas in the cannabis industry?

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How do you combat stoner stereotypes and stigmas in the cannabis industry?

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In order to challenge a stereotype like this I believe the best thing to do is lead by example if you are a cannabis user and show off your capabilities and professionalism in all other areas of your life. At the end of the day we can’t be weighed down by the judgement of others. We should strive to be judged by our character and not by being someone that uses a plant.

Check out this Vangst blog on this topic. https://vangst.com/blog/stoner-stereotypes-and-stigmas I for one am proud to be a stoner :)

Logan-Smith: Check out this Vangst blog on this topic. https://vangst.com/blog/stoner-stereotypes-and-stigmas I for one am proud to be a stoner :)

Love this! I claim the title proudly - although I prefer HIGH performer <3

I love to talk about this! I am proud to be a stoner too :) It is so funny, the cannabis industry has exploded and really changed the way society looks at the plant. In high school I was getting reprimanded by my parents... but now they are trying to get in on the fun!! I am excited to see how stereotypes will continue to change as more states become legal.

I'm a stoner too. Always did great in school/college and have worked in very formal business settings, but always kept my marijuana use a secret. Now I want to work in the cannabis industry, but I don't really know how "casual" I should be on my resume, cover letters, interactions with recruiters, etc. Any suggestions?

Lisa-Sanch: I'm a stoner too. Always did great in school/college and have worked in very formal business settings, but always kept my marijuana use a secret. Now I want to work in the cannabis industry, but I don't really know how "casual" I should be on my resume, cover letters, interactions with recruiters, etc. Any suggestions?

Such a good question! I would recommend that you continue to keep your resume / cover letter professional and include all the same details that apply to the role you're interested in, just like you would when looking outside of the industry.

A big stereotype in the industry is that everyone is a consumer and/or has to be a consumer to fit in with a company. Some companies/hiring managers like hearing that you're a consumer, others don't appreciate when its brought up in interviews -- SO my suggestion would be to air on the side of caution until you get to know a company better. That doesn't mean that you need to be ashamed of your consumption, but maybe phrase it as you being an advocate for cannabis! People will typically get the gist of what you're saying but will still stay focused on what you bring to the table :)

IMO, part of combatting the stereotypes that cannabis faces will be to have people from all background thriving in the industry -- excited for you to be a part of it!

Lisa-Sanch: I'm a stoner too. Always did great in school/college and have worked in very formal business settings, but always kept my marijuana use a secret. Now I want to work in the cannabis industry, but I don't really know how "casual" I should be on my resume, cover letters, interactions with recruiters, etc. Any suggestions?

Hi Lisa,

I can completely empathize with your situation and question. I struggle with how to "come out." I am a liscensed healthcare professional and currently reside in an illegal state, however, knowing that it is only a matter of time, I want to branch into the legal industry. And, I worry about how to battle the stigma even down to my LinkedIn Profile. Following!

Lisa-Sanch: I'm a stoner too. Always did great in school/college and have worked in very formal business settings, but always kept my marijuana use a secret. Now I want to work in the cannabis industry, but I don't really know how "casual" I should be on my resume, cover letters, interactions with recruiters, etc. Any suggestions?

Kelsea-Appelbaum: Such a good question! I would recommend that you continue to keep your resume / cover letter professional and include all the same details that apply to the role you're interested in, just like you would when looking outside of the industry.

A big stereotype in the industry is that everyone is a consumer and/or has to be a consumer to fit in with a company. Some companies/hiring managers like hearing that you're a consumer, others don't appreciate when its brought up in interviews -- SO my suggestion would be to air on the side of caution until you get to know a company better. That doesn't mean that you need to be ashamed of your consumption, but maybe phrase it as you being an advocate for cannabis! People will typically get the gist of what you're saying but will still stay focused on what you bring to the table :)

IMO, part of combatting the stereotypes that cannabis faces will be to have people from all background thriving in the industry -- excited for you to be a part of it!

Thank you for the great advice!

I have been a user since my early high school days and I have always felt like I have given stoners a good name ;) I always try to maintain a productive lifestyle, whether is exercising, doing something good for my mind or soul (like reading or learning a new hobby)

Sarah-Abbott: I love to talk about this! I am proud to be a stoner too :) It is so funny, the cannabis industry has exploded and really changed the way society looks at the plant. In high school I was getting reprimanded by my parents... but now they are trying to get in on the fun!! I am excited to see how stereotypes will continue to change as more states become legal.

Same here with my parents and I lol I love to see how things are evolving - despite the "troubles" I ran into with my family

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