[Ads-l] Chronic

Brian Hitchcock brianhi at SKECHERS.COM
Tue Aug 18 17:58:48 UTC 2015

I always assumed it was wordplay:
	Chronic User  = User of Chronic
	Ergo, there must be a drug called Chronic.
And I suspect the stoners thought of this before the 'hard' drug users, probably because Chronic User was more often applied to stoners, as there was not as much need to distinguish between recreational and Chronic users of speed or heroin (IIRC they were usually called "addicts" by the judicial and medical establishments.)  So of course "chronic" had to be some kind of marijuana.

Oh, by the way, there is a Chronic Tacos restaurant chain (founded 2002 in Newport Beach, CA) which now has more than 30 locations.

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