#WCW-Hope Wiseman

Hay hay hay blogees!

You already know what today is. You already know I’m hyped. You already know I’m twerking while I type this. Oh you don’t know? Let me remind you…

It’s Women in Cannabis Wednesday, and like every other week I’ve got a good one for you!

Meet Hope Wiseman, the YOUNGEST BLACK WOMAN DISPENSARY OWNER IN THE COUNTRY!  Listen, this woman is only 25 and opened one of the first dispensaries in Prince Georg’s county, MD. Tuh, when I was 25 I was finishing up probation for my minor cannabis arrest and disappointing my parents. See how far we’ve come lol?

You’re going to hear about Ms. Wiseman soon, cannabis or not. She’s a cast member on the upcoming E! reality series, Wags Atlanta.  So let’s make sure you know about her before labeling her as JUST a reality star.

The Spelman grad has an extensive background in investment banking, and saw how the war on drugs effected her community (like many people of color). She left her position as a sales analyst for SunTrust bank to focus more on her cannabiz goals. She co-founded Compassionate Herbal Alternative with her business partners, Dr. Octavia Simkins-Wiseman (her mommy!) and Dr. Larry Bryant.  A cannabiz with you mom? HA! My mom is just now learning why everyone seems to love empty cigars lol I love still love her.

Anywhoo, Wiseman and her partners will be having a soft opening of their new dispensary, Mary and Main, later THIS month! I’ve got to get some friends in Maryland, a trip is so necessary! Until then, I’m so excited to see more awesome women doing phenomenal things in the cannabis industry. A fitting name for a true #WCW, thank you Hope!!

 

More links about Lady Wiseman:

Mary and Main

HBCU Digest

Compassionate Herbal Alternative

Moxye

 

“It’s extremely crucial that we as millennials take serious the role that cannabis has in potentially bettering America’s economy. We will be the ones maintaining and improving the world we live in and using my platform to raise awareness among my peers and community is exactly what I plan to do.” –Hope Wiseman

 

Legalization is Bleak with a Governor That’s Weak

“I do not support legalizing marijuana. I think that’s a mistake. You know there’s a massive, human experiment going on in Colorado, and California, other places. We should see how that’s impacted lives and addiction and hurt young people before we make any decision about it here…I do not support legalizing marijuana.”                                                     –Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Fuck.

Pardon my language, but

Fuck.

It’s like the man kinda loves us, kinda loves us not lol. Stop toying with our emotions Bruce!!

Bruce Rauner decided to get all up in his feelings about ending cannabis prohibition in an interview for WSIL-TV in Marion. The governor has been saying that he wants to see data of the demographic ramifications of cannabis use from states that are legal.  Although he has never given the full thumbs up on legalization, he has mentioned at least considering a bill if presented with one. Now he’s not looking so flexible, and that is going to present a huge problem for us patients and advocates.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, Senator Daniel Bliss and J.B. Pritzker support legalization, and if either wins the gubernatorial election (fancy word for the senate election) then there’s a very good chance Illinois will get legalized recreationally.

Rauner may not support total legalization, but he approved decriminalization and established the current medical marijuana pilot program. So hey, whether or not his support is needed, he is a shining example of why the fight never ends.

Voting is necessary for change, and Illinois is one of only 14 states where there is no limit for a senatorial term. If we don’t get Rauner out of office, we may be fighting an already uphill battle for longer than we thought.

Start writing letters now! Start telling your family and friends now! Get the stick out of Rauner’s butt! Oh, and don’t forget November 6, 2018. That’s when we go vote for a new, cannabis supporting governor!

 

More articles:

Chicago Sun-Times

High Times

OIA News

Congratulations California!!

High blogees!

So, big things poppin for our California cannabis fans. As long as you’re at least 21 years of age, of course.

On January 1, 2018, adults 21 and over will be able to purchase cannabis legally. That’s right, whether you have a medical card in the state of California or not, you will be able to purchase cannabis and cannabis products at participating facilities.

I said PARTICIPATING.

Meaning, not every dispensary is going to allow non-medical patients to walk on in and start shopping. Moreover, the number of participating centers are not in EVERY city in California.  Just like Colorado, I’m assuming that businesses will start to sprout rapidly but 2018 will have to face some of the issues all legalizing states face.

  1. The Gubment: Yea, remember folks, this is one state’s government legalizing recreational cannabis. NOT the FEDERAL government. Don’t take a trip to the West Coast thinking you can bring some good stuff back with you, or walk around toking in front of police. Nah. Be careful and learn the laws (and your rights) of whatever state you travel to that has legal cannabis.
  2. Identification: Cannabis businesses have to ensure the patrons are using authentic identification and aren’t restricted from purchasing cannabis for any legal reason. Just one slip up can lead to a complete raid of the business, which often leads to closing. You may run into dispensaries that say they are recreational, but may not accept non-Cali residents yet. Stuff like that.
  3. Price of product: This is where I sit on the fence. I’ve seen arguments of cannabis going up once recreational use is legalized.  Going up as in compared to getting it illegally, or as a medical patient.
  4. Not only are some areas of California not accepting non-Cali folks, they aren’t accepting ANYONE. Some cities I found out fo SHO are Bella Vista, Burney, Cottonwood, Fall River Mills, Jones Valley, Lakehead, Palo Cedro and Shingletown have banned all cannabis sales. I’m sure more will be added to the list soon, so let’s all keep a look out.

I don’t wanna rain on your parade. Plus I heard it doesn’t rain in southern California anyway, right? Now, I heard through the grapevine that a majority of businesses will be in Oakland, Sacramento, and the Coachella area. We shall see, won’t we?

In the meantime, let’s congratulate California on passing Proposition 64! This means more businesses, resources, and tax revenue! Let’s get on board here in our own states, especially us Illinois!!

Have a great weekend, and fly high!