Recently a new study came out that many pro-marijuana activists seem to be bragging about — legalization doesn’t necessarily increase marijuana use in those states.

As it turns out people have already been smoking the ganja without Uncle Sam’s approval — but why is it a win that usage didn’t increase?

It’s clear that the stigma of marijuana is still dominating the vibes of even regular weed users. You may be a regular pot smoker yourself — so how inclined are you to recommend weed to someone who doesn’t partake?

People recommend all sorts of of things including cocktails and bars that are still open to..you know.. drink and smoke tobacco recreationally. Gambling ads are everywhere and most bars have gambling included two double down on your indulges.

The only people who shouldn’t be getting recommendations about marijuana are children. Yet, the average age of your first time marijuana smoker always seems to be way under 18.

Why is that? Maybe it is because of the climate that the marijuana prohibition has created in the first place. How likely are you to recommend something to someone when it might get you arrested or hurt your chances to make it into a school or job of your choice?

These aren’t the consequences of weed we’re talking about here. These are the consequences of the prohibition.

I hope future pro-marijuana projects don’t keep falling into the stigma of thinking increased numbers of pot usage after legalization is a bad thing.

One day we’re going to need people to be able to make a recommendation without that stigma. Businesses are made to grow and expanding numbers often defines success.