Contrary to the typical stoner stereotype, a recent study shows that the majority of die-hard smokers are well-educated individuals with careers that earn well above-average salaries.
According to the Department of Public Health and Social Services Guam Community Health Assessment, nearly 25% of adults who consider themselves habitual marijuana smokers have graduated from college, while 19% have reportedly dropped out of high school and do not hold a diploma or equivalency.
The report also found that individuals who get high on a regular basis were more likely to earn more money. Nearly 35% of Guam’s stoner society are raking in the big bucks, with annual incomes of more than $50,000, while only 16% claimed yearly earnings of less than $15,000.
Interestingly, the bulk of these successful potheads -- 60% -- reported they started smoking weed somewhere between the ages of 13 and 17. That is a reassuring statistic considering that marijuana use among young people in Guam remains higher than it is for the supposed trouble youth of the United States -- high school toking in Guam is up from 20% in 2007 to 35% in 2011.
The good news for parents across the nation appears to be that even if marijuana use among American teens is on the rise, there is still a relatively good chance that young stoners will graduate high school, get a college degree and move on to a career with an above average earning potential.
Now, it is important to understand that while this report is focused on stone life in Guam, the statistics provide us with evidence that suggest that the average marijuana user does not consist of the burnout pothead personae that is often portrayed in the movies; one that has undoubtedly contributed to a comical, yet, somewhat misguided reputation.
Instead, it indicates what most of us have known all along: that the only danger stoners pose to civil society is being smart and resourceful enough to eventually take complete control of it.
Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup; facebook.com/mikeadams73.