Holiday Party Circuit Ground Zero For Shifting Cannabis Culture, Say Experts

Article by The Canadian Press via The Chronicle Herald

Holiday party circuit ground zero for shifting cannabis culture, say experts The first holiday season post-legalization has opened up a social minefield for those unsure how their use will be perceived and for others uneasy about acknowledging a new era, says cannabis observer Tom Adams, whose Colorado-based firm BDS Analytics has surveyed North American adults on their shifting attitudes.

Reena Rampersad doesn’t hide her love of weed, but she’s discreet when socializing with people she knows are not regular users.

The Hamilton resident is mindful that many people still do not approve of recreational use, even though it’s now legal.

That disparity is glaring when she goes out for dinner at a nice restaurant and still feels compelled to sneak around.

“Everybody around me is able to enjoy glasses of wine and their alcohol in pairing with their meal but I have to have a smoke … in an alleyway or somewhere before I go in,” says Rampersad, a Caribbean caterer who describes cannabis as a cultural aspect of her life that is not about getting high.

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