Stop Putting Marijuana Photos on Social Media

Categories: Marijuana, Tech

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It didn't take long for reporters to catch up with John McAfee when the maverick software developer went into "hiding" last year. It also didn't take long for authorities to nab McAfee, following what is possibly the best-documented flight from justice in modern history: metadata from an iPhone photo snapped by VICE magazine's editor in chief told the world exactly where McAfee was, and when.

That was just fine for McAfee, whose relentless self-promotion wasn't the least bit hindered by his eventual expulsion from Guatemala, which he'd entered illegally. He's now in Portland when he's not pushing a new tech venture, and his ex-neighbor in Belize is still dead (cops there say they'd like to talk to him, someday; the dead man's neighbors will see McAfee in court for a civil suit).

This is worth remembering today because, as High Times reminds us, posting pictures to social media of your favorite grow or you and your friends lunging blunts or doing anything else illegal sends a message, to police: here I am, come get me.




A brief search on Instagram or other social media networks popular among kids these days reveals no shortage of our youth gleefully corrupting themselves with drugs and alcohol.

But unlike the fuzzy, washed-out-with-flash FunSaver photos from our college days, these party shots are accessible by millions of people, including police with nothing better to do.

High Times tells the story of a teenager in Louisiana who opened the door one day to see police, who arrested her for possession. How'd they know? They saw her posts on social media.

Examples in California aren't readily available, and it's far-fetched to think that anyone would be tracked down by SFPD for pulling tubes on a Tuesday night.

In this twilight of prohibition, with legalization so close we can smell it, it may feel like a righteous and rebellious act to bravely declaim to the world your embrace of the once-forbidden magic plant. And it may be. But it can also be a big risk.

In the wrong place, it can at the least get you fired. And even in the right place -- the pic we used was from a gentleman in Washington State, where pot is legal, but in California, nothing currently stops an employer firing you for marijuana use.

Of course, not everyone agrees with us. Social media stars like Coral Reefer proudly tell the world on a daily basis that they're high as shit. That's fine (mostly because what her tens of thousands of followers see is legal). If it's working out for you, don't stop on our account.

But there's no need to be a boastful dummy. Or if you insist on it, at least disable the geotagging on your favorite social media network.






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cannabissalvation
cannabissalvation

I would agree that if you are doing something illegal, you should not post it. That's just not a very smart thing to do. However, I take issue with your discouraging people who may be acting legally and are proud of it, as they should be, and want to share their lives with other members of cannabis culture.


As an unregistered cannabis caregiver in PA, NJ & DE, I constantly saw sick people like myself, but they are terrified of the police. They have a right to be. They believe that the state is going to lock them up if they are caught. In those states, they may be right to hold back sharing their lives with the public, but I encourage anyone who is acting legally under the law to be proud and do not shrink away for fear of the police.


Since moving to Colorado, the only people I meet who are scared of showing themselves to the world as a cannabis user are my fellow refugees from other less enlightened states. This is what is pushing cannabis culture into the forefront of society and showing others that there is no harm involved. It is not cannabis users who are bad people. It's criminals. And they will exist no matter what laws you put in place.


In Philadelphia, there is a saying that I hear a lot. It's chanted at Smoke Down Prohibition rallies hosted by Philly NORML and The Panic Hour. "I smoke weed and I'm a good person." We state this proudly to all who will listen because we are cannabis users and we are not how we are portrayed by the government and scared individuals.


My name is Skyler Cannabaceae. I am the Founder of The Cannabis Salvation Collective based in Denver, CO. I am the Editor of The Cannabis Salvation Blog, an accredited freelance journalist and a proud activist. 


I smoke weed and I'm a good person. I will not hide from anyone.


(Thank you to Coral Reefer for bringing this to my attention with her blog.)

Ricardo Cervantes
Ricardo Cervantes

Of all postings this is the more nonsense one. Even more the food or star bucks coffee cup, or self mirror pics.

Pascale Downing Small
Pascale Downing Small

THANK YOU! I've been saying this since day one! It doesn't look cute, you just look like a big unemployed pothead. #getyamindright

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

...and none of you read the article...good job.

Trip Topher Boone
Trip Topher Boone

This is why I steal ur paper on the Internet and will never give you a red cent, buffalo nickel or fat DOOBIE in time of crisis

Ramon Lopez
Ramon Lopez

Ok sf weekly, as soon as you stop taking advertising money from dispensaries.

Shawna Jonell Brevik
Shawna Jonell Brevik

It's a culture. Why would you ask people to stop posting pictures of enjoying their lives?

Wilson Linker
Wilson Linker

And then i suppose you guys are gonna quit posting about taxed sandwiches, best happy hours and 5 best weekend parties... Go home weekly you are stupid!!!

Alpi Norbac
Alpi Norbac

Can we all just agree to stop putting CAT MEMES on social media?

cobra0327
cobra0327

@Pascale Downing Small A quick glance at your profile reveals you work for a Tobacco Firm. How about YOU get a job where YOU dont peddle DEATH for a living, lady!

breenalexander
breenalexander

Right, because everyone cares so much for your pictures of your dumb kids and starbucks cups. #idiocy

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