As cannabis legalization continues to spread in the United States, old stereotypes of uncouth stoners and burnouts are on the decline. Nouveau “potheads” are less like old Cheech and Chong routines and more like … your neighbors. With the mainstreaming of everything from cannabis delivery services, apps and designer head shops to the phenomenon that is CBD, there’s also new etiquette to get familiar with. Especially in the Bay Area, where so much cannabis culture has been made (including the coining of the term “420”), long-held traditions are blending with new mores.
“Etiquette consists of two things: manners and principles,” says Lizzie Post, the author of the new book “Higher Etiquette: A Guide to the World of Cannabis, From Dispensaries to Dinner Parties.” (Ten Speed Press, $18.99). Post, who is co-president of the Emily Post Institute in Burlington, Vt., and the great-great-granddaughter of “Mistress of American Manners” Emily Post, identifies the principles as “consideration, respect and honesty. Those cross into so many categories and sections of life, and across demographics and situations. That includes cannabis.”
While many would not automatically associate Emily Post, the author of the famed “Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage” with cannabis, Lizzie Post says the topic of manners and social situations around marijuana is one her ancestor would have approved of. “Higher Etiquette” includes an early section with the title “What would Emily Post think of this book?”
“Higher Etiquette With Lizzie Post”: Monday, May 6. San Francisco JCC. $25. https://www.jccsf.org
“Emily believed in a person’s personal rights and their right to choose what’s right for them and their body,” says Post. In Emily Post’s era, alcohol was the prohibited substance. While Post says Emily was a well-known abstainer from spirits, she also “fought aggressively to end Prohibition in America. I