St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional Irish holiday to honor the Roman Catholic patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. The beloved saint passed away on March 17, 461, so every March 17th is used to celebrate his life and the history he made. While it’s traditionally an Irish holiday, many Irish ancestors in the states or just those that like to party celebrate the holiday a little differently over here.
As more states opt to legalize cannabis, the plant has slowly become a staple to the American St. Paddy’s Day traditions. As the green substance gets legalized across the nation, it makes sense that cannabis would quickly become the party substance of choice to celebrate the holiday.
Switch out beer for bud
There’s a reason for it, too. Instead of getting hammered on St. Patrick’s Day (which usually falls on a weekday), people are moving to the hangover-free fun of getting high to celebrate instead. Even a cross-fade typically requires less alcohol than drinking by itself, which means less risk of a hangover on March 18th. Smoke a joint, maybe a blunt, sit back, and let the stereotype of the drunken Irishman fade from our minds.
In fact, the plant isn’t just burning in the states. Cannabis has become increasingly popular in Ireland, where the holiday originates. Holland is often referred to as the “cannabis capital of Europe,” and a 2013 study found Irish people may smoke just as much cannabis as the Dutch. According to reports from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, approximately 25.3% of the Irish adult population have smoked cannabis at some point in their life.
Crashing Irish Stereotypes
A quarter of the Irish population have smoked, but almost half of the Irish population is for legalizing cannabis for recreational use. According to a poll in 2016, nearly 50% of Irish voters would support personal recreational cannabis use becoming legal. As of now, it’s likely those numbers have only continued to go up.
There’s a negative stereotype that all Irish are drunks, know how to put away their liquor, or are constantly inebriated. These cannabis statistics shed a new light on the Irish population and help us to start breaking those harsh stereotypes. From pothead to drunk alike, the cannabis industry is proving stereotypes wrong and that just about anyone can enjoy marijuana.
Going green with cannabis for St. Patrick’s Day is a small way to do your part to start breaking stereotypes, spread awareness for the plant, and even push for legalization in more places across the world. Every person taking the same step to go green this holiday means a push for access to something that should have never been made illegal in the first place.
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