When it comes to legal marijuana consumption, it appears that a rather loud minority of North Americans aren’t prepared to cope with its use becoming socially acceptable. A couple in Washington state purchasing marijuana legally allowed a news crew to film them taking their first legal bong hits, and gained this knowledge firsthand.

They weren’t prepared for the insults and hate aimed at them via Facebook comments. People who live on the other side of the continent had judgement to pass on the young couple. The people were angry, and vicious. (Cuz pot is totally ruining America!)

Of course, marijuana isn’t the only topic that causes mobs to go crazy on social media. Facebook and Twitter have become increasingly toxic spaces for women and men online. When it comes to smoking pot, even legally — it’s probably best to have a “don’t ask don’t tell” mentality when it comes to public spaces — especially on social media, where judgements and mob mentalities can create real-life troubles for their targets.

Potential employers, your grandmother, and all the stick-in-the-mud conservatives spread in bunkers across the country probably don’t need to know that you choose to partake.

Lesson learned.

  • LittleButterfly

    I guess those who choose to smoke legal pot are a long way yet from seeing it become something socially acceptable like drinking alcohol. Both are legal, so why is one more acceptable than the other?

    • Maheni

      Because we still life in the world that has the Reefer Madness bug spreading around decades later. Social media lately has become the best way to bash a person, no matter what you disagree with them about.

  • Cuppycake

    I don’t smoke marijuana myself, and even if I don’t think it should be legal, I would never verbally attack someone on a social media site or anywhere for using it. It’s their own choice and not my place to judge them for it.

  • o0THX11380o

    So basically old people are the only ones watching news on TV and are conservative and don’t like change.

  • justphilip

    Truth be told, I found this story quite amusing. One minute you are having a good time smoking pot, and in the next you suddenly turn into the most hated person on the web. That’s social media, in a nutshell!

  • SelenaJ25

    This is the perfect example of what social media can do to a person. While the individual doesn’t see legally smoking pot as something that is bad, there is always going to be someone out there that disagrees with their life style choice. Unfortunately in our society it is better when you don’t let people in on what you are doing.