The Dilemma: Most legalized states, outside of some cities in California, neglected to declare consumption space outside of ” the privacy of your own home.”
The Answer: Declare Consumption Use Spaces.
The introduction of Social Use Spaces will eliminate some social impact disparities, for example, Families are in jeopardy of losing their homes if they are in public housing. Parents smoking with children in the home could lose their children form child endangerment. The introduction to Social Use Lounges will normalizes marijuana use and indirectly minimizes fines on minorities.
There already is a disparity of minorities in ownership in the Cannabis Industry. Due to the lack of funding and interest. The initial investment sometimes starts at 500k and modestly going upwards to 2 million before ever seeing revenue. That is a huge undertaking for any business person not just a minority. The media paints the picture that the only people interested in the Cannabis Industry are minorities with previous marijuana records. The reality is, that risk doesn’t make it attractive to minorities that have suffered from the war on drugs.
Consumption use lounges could offer a new idea of small business to the industry. With the initial licensing fees remaining manageable we could see an influx of new proprietors in the Industry.
I write this on the day prior to the City Of Las Vegas releasing their Consumption Use venue Bill Draft. I hope they don’t limit licensing to previous licensee holders.
According to Make the Connection website for veterans some of the signs of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) are;
Most of the Black and Brown men/women I know have displayed 3 or more of these signs when and or after an interaction with leadership and or law officials. I’m talking about law abiding men/women. Men/Women with families and respectable lifestyles. I’ve even watched Black and Brown men/Women with means and acces display 3 or more of these signs after being pulled over by police.
This information has value because THIS is why there aren’t more Black and Brown men and women in the industry. Its not JUST because of the finances or the lack of information, it is because WE ARE AFRAID OF THE SYSTEM!!
EVERYONE is dancing around the truth because no one wants to blame the USA. There’s enough going on and as a people we don’t like to ruffle feathers, which is another sign of PTSD, but I digress. The signs are real. The issue is real and the sooner we begin to have this discussion in our communities the more likely we are not to miss the green opportunity.
In June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” During the Regan era the number of people behind bars for nonviolent drug law offenses increased from 50,000 in 1980 to over 400,000 by 1997. Today the numbers are more like 700,000 people still arrested for marijuana offenses each year and almost 500,000 people still behind bars for nothing more than a drug law violation. (75% if these people are Black and Brown)
These numbers mean that many Black and Brown Americans probably know or is related to someone in jail for marijuana. Yep, it’s that real. Many of us are effected by the War on Drugs and we need to talk about it. We need to begin to gather to heal the deep rooted wounds caused by this war. This is what they mean when they use the big word “disenfranchised.” They are referring to our plight.
I’m so angry I really don’t have anything else to say.
Watch this video!
If you haven’t heard this story I don’t know where you’ve been. It’s a gruesome tell of negligence, media steering and demonizing. I’ve been watching and praying for this family since the story broke.
The media tells the story like this; police woman Amber Gyuger gets off work late. She parks her car in her garage then proceeds to her apartment. She hears someone in her apartment, yelled for them to identify themselves, they don’t, she shoots and kills the person.
Facts begin to unfold, then the media tells the story like this; Hard working white police woman Amber Gyuger mistakenly parked on the wrong floor. Opens the door of what she thinks is her apartment. Asks a Black man that is in his own home to identify himself. He doesn’t do she kills him.
Later the media spins the story; Botham Jean Sham was an immigrant that had marijuana in his apartment.
The truth is;
Botham Jean Sham was a beloved citizen of St. Lucia. He worked a respectable job and was an active member of his church. Yet on September 6th 2018 Bothams family experienced this….
The phone call
Brandt Jean was at home in St. Lucia when his mother called and asked to speak to his father alone.
Brandt, 17, gave his father the phone and left the room. He said he waited outside and heard his mother’s cries through the closed door. “I never heard my mother cry like that,” he said.
She called to say his older brother, Botham, had been fatally shot in his Dallas apartment by a police officer who mistakenly thought it was her own.
Instead of the police or the media investigating the shooter, they set out to validate the shooting. He was an upstanding guy, living his life, making his momma proud, loved by many, life lost and the media and police tried to use MARIJUANA as a means to tarnish his legacy.
They couldn’t find ANYTHING!! …however
Because the stigma of marijuana exists. It was used as a tool to help make Botham seem “just another hood black”
Yes, I know that’s what people think about Blacks that medicate. I know because I used to think that way as well. I was the person that would have bought into that narrative the media tried to spin against Botham. I would have been one of the ones that would have said, “he had marijuana?” “Oh, he had to have been doing something illegal. ”
Today I know that ignorance is exactly what America is using to demonize my people to shame. I owe Botham my sincerest apologies for not knowing how to advocate for his reputation. When the story released I was angry but when they said you had marijuana I was furious! What does your medication have to do with you being shot in your own home!
I’m sorry Botham Jean Sham that America can STILL use marijuana to paint a derogatory storyline but I promise your death will not be in vain.
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At my age you’d think I’d already be free in my sexuality. However, I was raised in a strict Christ like household. Daddy was an evangelist. Mommy was the good, my whole family is going to make it to heaven, Christ like woman. Both parents taught us morals and held us accountable to our faith.
My parents are wise and loving parents. They weren’t the, do what the Bible says or your going to HELL type of parents at all. My parents NEVER used fear as a way to manipulate our relationship with our God. They used knowledge and information to do that for them. They were excellent at strategic conversation.
For example, someone we know would get pregnant young. My mom would have a series of random conversations about generational curses, and how it was up to me to break the course. She talk about how she knew I would make the right decisions at the right time. She would love me then whisper, wait till you’re married to have babies A’Esha Goins.
Daddy would say something like, oh she’s pregnant. Well, I’m not worried about my kids doing that. They know Goins children don’t act/do that. Looking at us firmly then sending us off to do some chore.
Between the generational curse and my last name being my father’s, I was always subconsciously chastising myself for having sex. I was still having sex, I just wasn’t ALWAYS present during the act.
The Cannabis Industry has evolved my thinking and exposed me to new possibilities of living. Since I’ve been medicating with Cannabis I no longer suffer from depression, I attend more public events and now I am free in my sexuality.
About 2 years ago while I was working in the dispensary. One of the vendors introduced an intimacy oil that women could use internally. Testing products is the number one thing I did to become an effective Patient Consultant. The intimacy oil wasn’t any different.
My partner and I used the product according to it’s instructions. The product had no effect on my partner but I definitely experienced a unique and fun stimulation. I’d never been that stimulated befor. Although the experience was fun, my mind was still all over the place. We had an explosive exchange and I was still struggling to “stay in the moment.”
I decided to fix that. I wanted explosive AND freeing. The next day I took myself on a case study exploration. I was determined to have the most freeing AND explosive sexual exchange YET!!
I started experimenting with different strains of flowers and concentrates focusing on specific terpene profiles. My goal was to find something that relaxed my mind without over relaxing my body. My procedure was to micro dose using inhalation (smoking). I’d dose then wait 10 min to see if I’d get aroused. I believed if I found the right Cannabis combo, I could be free!
After 2 months of testing and experimenting I’d found a combination treatment that worked for me. I was FINALLY having freedom in my sex life. I was having the trifecta. I was able to enjoy my partner, let down inhibitions and explode!
The formula I use is (Cinex Flower and Outer Space Rosin in a glass pipe along with the intimacy oil as lubrication) …however, I suggest you find a formula that works best for you.
A’Esha “The GREAT” Goins
I wonder…. does anyone leave the Cannabis Industry to pursuit other careers?
I mean, is the Cannabis Industry the equivalent to a Fast Food job?
I woke up this morning pondering my choices and my future after having a DM discussion with some of my friends. It seems one of the young ladies is having a difficult time getting call backs on non Cannabis related jobs. She’s young, good looking, has a decent resume with education and work history. She’s applying for low level positions and her resume reflects management experience, yet she’s not getting call backs? It made us ponder the possibility that her 3 year Cannabis industry experience may be the cause.
It may be that the rest of the nation doesn’t find value in the Industry. They may see the work history and decide “stoner.” There’s still a lot of ignorance regarding the importance of Cannabis and there’s a great possibility transitioning from Cannabis to Corporate (Cannabis business is corporate smh) may be an obstacle.
The nation still sees Marijuana as an illegal drug and users still battle stigmas. Just the other day I had to correct someone for assuming I get high everyday. I explained to them that I suffer from mental illness and I does when I need to. I opted for marijuana as my treatment instead of the opioid based drugs I was previously prescribed. I also explained that I was having better results with marijuana than I was having with my prescribed medications.
I recognize the industry is still new and businesses haven’t even settled in soone of thier best work practices, however as a Cannabis Consultant and Educator I can’t help being concerned about the longevity of employment for the people entering into the industry. As the licensees pursuit the “Green Rush” are they structuring for thier teams retirement or are they setting thier business models up for the big “Cash Out?”
It’s important that the employee who is looking to make Cannabis a career aligns themselves with business that offer chances for advancement. The higher positions tend to offer some benefits like health insurance and an equivalent to a 401k. Some of the lower level positions rarely offer health insurance and quite often are not full time. This is a masterful way of keeping the position from being a liability and most of the time THAT position is a revolving door.
I often hear owners say, “it’s hard to find good help!” As a professional I don’t subscribe to that idealogy. I believe a team is Coached to succeed. I also believe it’s negligent on any employer to hire for capabilities alone. We should ALWAYS hire people that will fit our business culture and then as leaders we commit to our teams success. We should never find ourselves in a position where we “fire” someone, with the exception of illegal activities, the employee should notice they forfeited their working privileges. Smh
I went on a rant….. SORRY!!
As we watch the Camabis industry stabilize, I can only hope business owners are offering true longevity plans to thier teams they hope will help them mine thier GREEN GOLD.
A’Esha “The GREAT” Goins
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It’s becoming easier to forget the victims of inequality and unjust caused by The War on Drugs. Those Brown and Black brothers, fathers, uncles and cousins that were targeted for incarceration. The people whos faces and names are easily ignored as important as Cannabis is legalized across the land. As if there wasn’t a real war that involved people’s lives being changed and men and women being separated from thier homes.
I can’t help but wonder will my sons, sons be the generation to say, “I’m 1 generation from The War on Drugs” the same way I declare I’m 3 generations from slavery? Will those lives, whom are now illegally incarcerated in some states, be forgotten the same way Texas forgot the Sugar Land’s slavery and convict-leasing graves? Will all of America finally “do the right thing” and follow California’s lead by releasing ALL convicted Cannabis offenders?
I’m sorry I’m full of questions and not many answers today. But that’s exactly it, I’m full of questions because there are no answers. I appreciate and participate in the politics of Legalization, never forgetting who I am and what I represent. However I can’t always see the end result clearly and I’m not always sure I’m fighting the RIGHT fight. I have to be honest with myself and my readers and say, “SOMETIMES even I just see the money”
As a consultant there are times when my personal ethics are challenged. I call it my “Minority Over Money” challenge. I have to remind myself that assisting a Minority Cannabis business owner has more value than just money. Although often they are unable to pay as much as thier counterparts the reward isn’t in the dollars but also in serving my community…. AND the struggle is REAL! What if I don’t make the right choice? Am I am adding to the offense America is making against my people? Its important to get paid but equally important that I don’t forget that we are STILL at war.
Canada’s country wide Legalization resulted in America denying Canadians that are in the Cannabis industry pass thier borders. Also, those Americans that celebrated Legalization in thier own state are still criminals in another. It’s true some states have revised thier Cannabis laws attempting to prevent over policing Cannabis users. There are those other states, like Oklahoma, where they encourage Hemp farms but police Cannabis consumption and possession. Those states are furthering the efforts of the war.
The War on Drugs wasn’t to fight Marijuana exclusively and “maybe” wasnt to target Black and Brown men. But (hate to start my sentence with a but) I do wanna point out that according to the DEA in 2014 over 74,000 people were arrested for marijuana and only 33,000 for Cocaine and 44,000 for Hallucinogens. To add salt to the wound, The ACLU reports that Black men are 3 times more likely to be arrested for drugs. Although Blacks, Hispanics and white Americans reportedly use drugs EQUALLY. Black and Hispanics make up 29% of the over all nations population yet 75% of the prisons population. Meanwhile we are crying real tears for the separation of families at the borders. (Shade)
I’d like to believe there is some justice served by the War on Drugs. I’m not all the way jaded against the American Legal system. I STILL believe there could be “Liberty and Justice for All!” I want to believe that somehow targeting Black and Brown men for drugs was the cure to illegality. I’d even like to go as far as to say, I believe; all of God’s children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” (DOCTOR King “I have a Dream) but this is 2018 and it’s more probable to believe that Cannabis will not be rescheduled until 2020. 47 states will legalize marijuana in some form by 2019 and there will be no laws passed to ensure reasonable standards of release for those effected by the War on drugs.
A’Esha “The GREAT ” Goins