Although California voters failed to approve the legalization of marijuana at the polls a couple of weeks ago, I think it’s safe to say that use of the substance has already been almost completely destigmatized culturally.

Witness Seth Rogen’s appearance on the premiere of the new Conan O’Brien show, posted on the East Bay Express.


“I have a medical marijuana prescription personally. I went in and they said what do yo need it for. I said I have a very specific ailment. It’s called ‘I ain’t got no weed on me right now.’ That was how i worded it. The lady said, ‘we actually have just the thing for that.’

Laughter and prompting from Conan all the way through. That’s a far cry from the “Just Say No” years.

  • Destigmatized culturally but not everywhere. Still law enforcement spends far too many resources unjustly targeting the modest, recreational user of marijuana, often with dire consequences for good citizens. For a dramatic and page-turning look at this issue, check out the novel STASH published by Random House at


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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