Global political and business leaders are talking seriously about ending marijuana prohibition everywhere from D.C. to Davos. Recent polls say a majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana – and not just in the states you’d expect but even in Missouri, Indiana, Texas, Florida and Louisiana. In Washington State, Colorado and the country of Uruguay, marijuana is now legally regulated – not to mention the twenty states and D.C. that have implemented medical marijuana laws since 1996.
However, someone has neglected to tell the many news outlets that continue to recycle the same old “Cheech & Chong” images that should have been retired decades ago. After all, half of American adults have tried marijuana and they can’t possibly all look like stoner stereotypes.
Comments about the overuse of tired old “stoner” images have popped up recently on Bloomberg TV, Huffington Post and Forbes. Most recently, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel took to Twitter to call out his own paper for using a stereotypical image (literally of Cheech & Chong) for an otherwise serious story about scientific studies on marijuana’s impact on driving skills.