Article by Kieran Delamont, Now Toronto
When I got home for the holidays, one of the decorative plush Santas near the TV at my parents’ place had a joint hanging out of its mouth. Happy Green Christmas.
My family members have become increasingly open with each other about cannabis use over the last few years, but even so, this year was different: it’s legal now.
So, on half a dozen or so occasions, I found myself sitting with extended family and friends comparing strains, smell-testing, recommending stuff and, of course, sampling each other’s stuff.
But still, it was a somewhat surreal explaining to my parents the concept of CBD-only strains and why they don’t get you as stoned. A sign of the times.
Many pot smokers talk about how weed should now be considered as acceptable as alcohol and cigarettes, but in practice that’s a lot tougher to do. Most cannabis lovers I know are cautious about revealing their personal use. The stigma around marijuana is still going strong.
And now that the nation is free to light up, we begin the long and slow process of learning to be normal about it. That’s going to take a little longer.
I had plenty of conversations about pot over the holidays: conversations about where you can smoke; where to buy; what kinds of pot people are looking to try; what strain to use to nurse a hangover – and conversations about impaired driving.