Crawford 1Jameson CrawfordAngel MatosWR 13300-0627 November 2012Popular Culture and Society's View of MarijuanaThe production and distribution of illicit drugs had almost never been a television series'subject until the arrival of the highly acclaimed television series
on Showtime andNetflix. Together, Showtime and Netflix establish an enormous audience base for the showdepicting marijuana. Popular music artists such as Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dog often boast intheir songs about the hefty amount of pot they smoke daily. Does popular culture have anyconnection to American society's recent acceptance of marijuana socially and politically? JenjiCohen's
and popular rap/hip-hop music show how popular culture reflects and perhapseven affects a growing social and political acceptance of marijuana in an increasingly libertariansociety.
portrays marijuana itself as harmless, maintains a sophisticated attitude towardsthe drug and for the most part, uses light-hearted humor. Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dog claim touse the drug daily and manage to be successful figures with many devout fans.The History of Marijuana UseTo understand marijuana's connection with American society, it's important to look at itshistory and to look back at studies done in the later half of the twentieth century. In the chapter"Marijuana Overview" in Rober Emmet Long's book
Drugs and American Society
, severalstudies on cannabis are presented. The book was published in 1986 which goes to show ahistorical account of studies done on the drug in the twentieth century. Long writes that there arelimitations of marijuana research, but includes a study utilizing surveys to show marijuana use inthe United States. National surveys have found that "over the past 20 years there has been a