April 20, 2023

A 4/20 Special: Reclaiming the Word ‘Stoner’

Today is a special day for people who love weed. Not an official holiday yet, 4/20 is the high holiday that takes place every year on April 20th. There is definitely a cause for celebration, because there are 21 states in the U.S. that allow adult use of cannabis and medical use is allowed in 39 states. 

It’s equally important to talk about the 40,000 people that are in prison in the U.S. for cannabis crimes. And still, according to the non-profit Last Prisoner Project, every 90 seconds someone in this country is arrested for cannabis. 

On this 4/20, let’s be grateful for the cannabis advocates who have worked so hard for legalization. They faced a lot of stigma and judgment, which might all be wrapped up in the word we explored in our episode, Weed Words: Stoner.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Stoner?” We look back on its shame-ridden roots in the early 20th century to today, as cannabis enthusiasts speak out about having happier, healthier, and more productive lives that include weed.  Whether you identify as a stoner or not, this episode offers a thought-provoking exploration of the intersection of language, culture, and cannabis.

(18 minutes)

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Discover the fun of shopping for cannabis


Nichole Upshaw

Massachusetts based VP of HR at Jushi Holdings.

“It is heartbreaking to me that so many women who consume worry about who is seeing them or who is looking at them. My dispensary happens to be right next to a huge wine store, and no one’s thinking twice about women walking into there and buying a few bottles of wine.”
(4 minutes)
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"The Mystery of 4/20’s Origins with Ellen Scanlon"

hosted by jody avirgan, nicole hemmer, and kellie carter jackson

I joined the show for a conversation about the origins of 4/20 and the popularity and potential of the legalization of cannabis.

“Green Cotton”

hosted by ashley c. ford

Hear the story of Michael Thompson, a local legend in Flint, Michigan who served decades in prison for selling weed, even after adult use was legalized. Learn how he’s now fighting for clemency for others still behind bars.

We cover legal weed

So you must be legal, too. Age 21+ invited to continue.


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