Children of the Pot Culture, etc.
Men and women who grew up in the marijuana culture stressed how rarely they talked to others about the weed. The “unspokenness” of it pervaded their existence. The subject was taboo in the children’s lives. Brandon, a newly divorced father of a three year old boy, recalls that “[There was a] group awareness that we should just keep it to ourselves.” When tempted to reveal the source of the family’s income to someone, even a girlfriend, he would think, “I probably shouldn’t tell that.” To him, it was like, “…opening a door that probably shouldn’t be opened.” The secret waited like a monster in a dungeon–if it escaped, it could destroy his and his family’s lives.
Partially, though, they didn’t talk about growing pot because it was part of their everyday reality. It was a given—like the sun coming up. The more recently those interviewed had grown up, the more unremarkable marijuana seemed– this might in part be because Proposition 215 and the changing cultural values it represents led to a reduced likelihood of criminal charges. Ivan, a twenty-something man whose parents abused meth as well as dealt marijuana, explains “It wasn’t something we talked about because it was just normal.”
But talking could also be dangerous. Megan, Anya’s mother, (who grew up in the late Eighties) reminisced that, “[Back then] was the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) era. I went to public school. If any one we knew used drugs, we were supposed to tell. I felt nervous. I thought everyone knew. Looking back, I think maybe many kids’ families grew but I was sure we were the only ones [in public school]….We had friends [in the hills] that grew but we didn’t really talk about it.” Whether in reaction to her childhood fear or not, Megan now lives almost entirely within the Marijuana culture. At home in the mountains she loves, not far from her large extended family, she says, “I don’t have a lot of people outside [of growers].”
The excerpt above is from the Jan/Feb issue of Grow Magazine which just now reached Humboldt CO stores. You can find copies at
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