Michigan voted on Proposal 1, which allows for the legalization of marijuana, in the recent midterm elections. Weed has seemingly always had a stigma attached for people who haven’t used it either recreationally or for medical use. Viceland’s Weediquette explores the wonderful world of weed while providing substantial content that allows one to see how multifaceted the plant is. I wish I could write an in-depth synopsis of each episode in all three seasons, but I will share the ones that stood out most. Whether you have negative thoughts about weed or would love to learn more about its benefits, Weediquette will definitely provide you with a different or improved perspective of why it shouldn’t have been illegal in the first place.
Krishna Andavolu made his way to Baltimore to interview Ravens defensive lineman Eugene Monroe. He was released from the team due to his public advocacy for medical marijuana to help treat and prevent chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE. CTE is caused by repeated incidents of head trauma, which many NFL players experience. Monroe shared his concerns of possibly developing CTE, and after exploring marijuana as possible treatment, he donated $80,000 toward research. Later in the episode, we are introduced to Brian Schaefering, former Dallas Cowboys player. Schaefering details how early signs of CTE have affected him and his family. He shares how quickly he forgot simple things, being in pain, and how he had thoughts of killing himself and his family. After the NFL admitted that CTE is linked to football in 2016, they still refused to even take interest in medicinal weed being used to help prevent or treat CTE.
Pablo Torre, ESPN writer and host, stated, “Drugs are something that terrifies them. It terrifies them because it terrifies normal Americans. They’re not making independent value judgments, they’re reading a marketplace.” The NFL refuses to accept this possible treatment because despite marijuana’s powerful medical effectiveness, it is still seen as a drug. The NFL has been a part of many controversies with regard to racial injustice, domestic violence, and, of course, the use of medical marijuana. The possible acceptance of allowing players to use cannabis jeopardizes capitalism for stakeholders and fans. Upon seeing and hearing stories of how CTE has gravely affected NFL players, you would think that the NFL would do more to invest in the health of their players. But like any other large corporation, they only keep profits in mind.
Kimberly experienced horrible sickness during pregnancy with her firstborn son. After visiting her doctor and explaining what she was experiencing, they diagnosed it as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), extreme morning sickness that lasts all day. Her doctors prescribed her Zofran, which is usually given to chemo and radiation patients to prevent and treat nausea. The medicine caused her son to be born without an aorta, and he had to undergo countless surgeries during his first four months to ensure that he would live a normal life. Kimberly wanted to make sure that she would never harm her unborn child with prescriptions again. After learning that she was pregnant a second time and experiencing HG, she began to research natural treatments. After trying many things, she looked to medical marijuana, and it brought relief.
Women using medical marijuana to treat illnesses is not as uncommon as we think. While in a support group with other women who used medical marijuana during their pregnancy to treat a serious illness, they shared the possible outcome of using the drug. Doctors are encouraged to report women who have weed in their systems during pregnancy to child protective services (CPS). After the birth, CPS can take the child.
Weed has not been studied in depth to determine whether it causes serious harm to babies. While trying to find healing that will not harm the child and deciding to not take prescribed drugs, is there a middle ground for women to have a normal pregnancy?
Kimberly tried to stop smoking during the last month of her pregnancy, but she was still experiencing HG. She smoked up until she gave birth and delivered a healthy baby girl. She was tested for marijuana after giving birth; however, CPS was not contacted.
If one was to see a woman sparking up a bong and taking a few hits, we as a society would judge her ability and capacity to be a good mother without considering other factors. This episode was challenging, but it provided an unconventional perspective of how weed can help treat people who may be overlooked.
Since its slow but sure legalization, the legal marijuana industry has mostly become male-dominated. Krishna explores how women are quickly making their mark on the weed business and pushing for gender balance in the industry. Also, he explores how many women carry a stigma about the consumption of weed. Weed farms are mainly run by men who take advantage of female employees. Women are owning and operating weed farms that employ women and create a safe space.
The legal marijuana businesses struggle to attract female clients because of the stigma that many women have. One group holds testing sessions for women to learn more and try marijuana-based products to widen their perspectives.
Weediquette is a show that all people should watch to learn about many aspects of how weed is shaping and affecting the country. Check with your cable provider to see if you have access to Viceland. Also, if you have a Hulu subscription, you can binge-watch all three seasons, like I did.