Pot Culture Watch

I ride the DC Metro to work. Sometimes people sit next to me who smell like pot. I don’t care if they do, and there’s no way in hell I’m going to report them… not for that, anyway. Still, I dress conservatively, and I don’t want them on edge about it. I want to signal “it’s cool, I don’t care.” Is there a hand gesture? A small, tasteful lapel pin? Those I’ve seen are either tacky or only about medical marijuana. And scrawling pot leaves in my copy of F. A. Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty, just casually where they can see it, strikes me as inappropriate somehow.

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21 thoughts on “Pot Culture Watch

  1. Just……. act normally? I mean, when people find out you’re gay do you want them to act all weird around you or tell you about how they’re “cool” with being gay? They have a gay uncle that they’re uh not really close with at all! (who doesn’t)

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    • @Aaron, I just want them to know that the usual assumption about people who dress conservatively is out the window.

      It doesn’t have to be a conversation-starter. In fact, I’d prefer that it wasn’t, because (a) my train ride is very valuable reading time and (b) I doubt they’d be interested in talking about Hayek anyway.

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  2. I’ve seen one of these before on the 70 northbound: http://www.americasmartshop.com/images/ma02.jpg

    Luckily, I can’t think of a single marijuana user in the city who would care what a “conservatively dressed” guy on the subway thinks about marijuana use one way or the other. Especially one who feels the need to assure us all that he wouldn’t turn someone in for a victimless and harmless “crime”.

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    • @Max Socol, eh, well, okay. Maybe I’m being a bit self-conscious. I just didn’t want to contribute to any paranoia. I’ve been there, and it’s not fun.

      Also, just being able to signal, or to out yourself as pot-tolerant, is a political statement I value. Even if they don’t care.

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  3. There are other signifiers you can use that are not pot related at all.

    Wear a Ron Paul button. If that makes you uncomfortable, a button that says “I stand with David Kucinich because David Kucinich stands with me.”

    A button that says “VEGAS” with the S crossed out and an N written over it with sharpie would also signal that you’re down.

    You don’t have to communicate anything weed-related. Just communicate that you are a member of an out-group. We’re all in this together.

    Maybe a nose ring?

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  4. I ride the bus into work everyday. The couple beside me are constantly doing the ‘nasty’ and consequently have the odor de love about them. I don’t mind at all! Is there some way I can signal my approval of their efforts to quench their animal-like lusts while I’m trying to read American Conservative?

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  5. I want to signal “it’s cool, I don’t care.”

    Then may I suggest… not caring.
    It’s easy, once you put your mind to it. (Or is that backward? It’s easy, once you don’t give it any mind at all?)

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