On a Wednesday afternoon, Leslie* was sitting in her usual homework spot at a local Starbucks. Right before she had started her homework, she just finished picking up new carts, or marijuana vape juice, from a new dealer who swore there were no chemicals in his carts. He had promised her they came from a trusted middleman as he turned the cart upside down and told her to see if there were any air bubbles in the small cylinder filled with a clear orange liquid, which there were not, according to her.
This small flip of the cart was enough to sell her on purchasing more carts for her weed pen. “Funny Story: the only reason I started smoking weed was that I didn’t want to go into college without having tried weed. So I was like I need to try it,” Leslie leaned further back into her chair and shrugged her shoulders, “And I did. And I thought, that is good.”
Often, there is a misconception that boys are typically stoners and that girls are the “goody two shoes.” However, marijuana does not restrict itself to one singular gender. Data often merges the genders together to create one statistic about adolescents across the board, not acknowledging the difference in numbers between boys and girls who smoke weed on a regular basis. In today’s teenage life, it is not uncommon to see a girl smoking weed at a party, with her friends, or at her home. Since the use of marijuana, specifically, marijuana vapes were not commonly used and some not even invented when our parents were teenagers themselves, many find the unknown aspects of these products extremely worrying. As Julie, a parent of a fellow student explain, “I worry that it’s being overly used without knowing the long term effects in the younger generations.