The DEA Emoji Drug Guide Made Us Realize How Bad Weed Emojis Are

The DEA is aware of your emojis on the weed, so be careful.

With the help of federal investigators, the Drug Enforcement Administration compiled a list of emojis that reflect common examples of drugs. Most of the guide focuses on emojis that the DEA believes represent prescription drugs like Adderall, oxycodone, and Percocet. Symbols for heroin, methamphetamine and “mollies” are also included. The mushroom one seems pretty clear when you look through the emoji keyboard on your phone and see this: 🍄

Some highlights from the DEA emoji guide include a puffer fish for cocaine, a chocolate chip cookie representing a “big batch” of anything, and a red maple leaf symbolizing any and all drugs. (sorry Canada), but most emojis seem close enough. . You know, based on what other people have told us…

Outside of a palm tree, most cannabis-related emojis — a cloud of smoke, a flame, a Christmas tree, and a shamrock — are common enough to talk about marijuana, even if the DEA skipped a few. If anything, we were disappointed in the accuracy (especially when you look at the DEA’s guide to cannabis street slang from a few years ago), which only reminded us of the lack of options cannabis users have in the emoji section.

What will it take for the icon of a joint, a bong or a simple marijuana leaf to appear on the keyboard? Some of the yellow face emojis are close to the Mr. Nice Guy smiley face logo on medium bakedbut none of them is perfect.

Talking seriously. Maybe it’s time. Not only are our current code emojis no longer cool now that the feds know about them, but this is just another example of marijuana abuse. Beer mugs, champagne, wine, martinis, whiskey, and tropical cocktails have emojis. We also have emojis that represent cigarettes, bets, middle fingers, and poop. And we love you all! Just give us a Cheech, Chong or Snoop Dogg emoji too.

Our sudden request for potmojis led to an important question: who controls emojis, anyway?

It turns out that the Unicode Consortium, a tech nonprofit in Silicon Valley, is responsible for creating and regulating thousands of keyboard characters in various languages, including emojis. Unicode actually accepts user submissions for emojis, and according to a 2021 GreenState article, a handful of cannabis-focused emojis have been submitted over the years.

However, these shipments require much more time and work than filling out a contact box, and all six cannabis shipments so far have been refused. One of the reasons cited by Unicode for the rejection of the cannabis leaf emoji was that it was too close to other leaf emojis.

Strict Unicode standards aren’t the only hurdles facing proposed potmojis, as major phone software vendors Apple and Google have taken stances against apps and emojis that sell illegal substances.

However, hemp is no longer illegal and the two leaves look quite similar. Almost the same, some will say.

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