Petition for a Pot Leaf Emoji

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Dear Unicode:

Social acceptance of cannabis is at an all-time high (pun intended). The world is ready for a cannabis-leaf emoji. 

The cannabis industry is tired of using maple leaves, flames, and puffs of smoke to illustrate our passions and ideas. We also find it particularly jarring that Unicode offers EIGHT different emojis to communicate the consumption of alcohol and even a half-smoked cigarette emoji, yet none for cannabis. 

The truth is, Emoji's are more than just fun pictures. Emojis offer a sense of identity and inclusion. They communicate beyond language. In their thesis, Joana Adams illustrates, emojis "affect members’ perception of reality within the community of practice...(and are) closely linked to personality and identity."

The World Drug Report estimates that as many as 232 million people are using marijuana worldwide. Cannabis is already a massive multi-billion dollar industry and is rapidly growing.

We want a pot leaf emoji. The world is ready. It's time. And if you're feeling fly, you can see some other cannabis-related emoji suggestions here.

Highest regards, 

Cannabis Lovers Everywhere



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