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Dear Mama: Cannabis Advocacy

Dear Mama,

I’ve been an MMJ and cannabis advocate for a while now, but I’m looking for more ways to be a positive example of someone who enjoys cannabis. I feel like generally, cannabis users have gotten a bad reputation. Any suggestions on how to try and change people’s perception?

Thanks! Stony

Dear Stony,

I applaud your interest in furthering the positive image around cannabis. I try not to judge anyone’s participation. There are things though that I see out in the community that I feel have more of a positive effect than others.

Always try to be aware of comments you or others make. For example, “Oh sorry, total stoner moment” when you forget something. Everyone forgets things, so don’t blame the plant every time you make a mistake.

If you always represent yourself positively concerning your cannabis beliefs, people can’t help but relate the two. I try to attribute the benefits in general conversations. I don’t say things to convert anyone, but I’ll drop little truth bombs about my great sleep, or not using pain medicines as a matter of fact thing and if anyone asks, I’ll tell them more.

It also helps to know your facts. It’s easy to tell people how awesome it is, but if you have the opportunity, tell them why. Tell them (being careful not to overwhelm them with info) about why it works. Or, how long it’s been used as a medicinal plant. Don’t bombard people with statistics or bore them to death, but dropping some knowledge can alter a lot of misconceptions.

out there and you be you Stony, and just spread the word about all the positive benefits and soon you’ll see lots of new ways to spread the word. People will ask you questions and you’ll see even more new ways to share your love of the plant. Your desire to change people’s perceptions will allow you plenty of chances if you keep your ears open.

Walk your truth. That’s the best ad!

Stay lifted, Mama

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Laura Mastropietro

Laura Mastropietro, former cannabis co-op grower and patient advocate, consultant, Edible Chef for two edible lines, featured in ‘Cannabis Saved my Life’ by Elizabeth Limbach, currently curates a learning hub called, stays active in the cannabis community while running a restaurant and commercial bakery in beautiful Sedona Arizona. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, with a full beautiful life and toss in a life altering disease, cannabis is the magic that helps her keep it all going. Have a cannabis question? Send it to Dear Mama at


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