#WCW-Andrea Unsworth

High and Happy Wednesday Blogees!!

In an industry that is still fresh, growing, and not totally legal, outreach is key.  Finding unique ways to draw new clients is an ever-present and exciting aspect of starting a business in the cannabis industry. It also creates opportunities for multiples businesses and organizations, and today’s #WCW is a shining example.

Andrea Unsworth is the founder of StashTwist, a non-profit delivery service dedicated to providing safe access to cannabis throughout the East Bay Area in California. If she looks familiar, either you keep up with your lady cannabis queens or you recall her from the #WCW post about Supernova Women. She’s the co-founder!

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This woman is all about the business of fair employment. Like myself, she believes that the best potential employees for the cannabis industry are ironically those currently imprisoned for cannabis crimes.

“I want people who are felons working for me. Funds specifically need to be appropriated to helping folks that have been convicted, not just for reparations, but to help them write a business plan.”

Her efforts give new meaning to the term “giving back to the community.”  The community IS her business, so advocacy goes hand in hand in hand with her outreach. She hired her own father so he could quit his job as a night security guard. And that’s what it’s all about, creating businesses to help EVERYONE succeed. Now how dope is that??

The Oakland native was featured on “The Profit” hosted by Marcus Lemonis. Yea, MSNBC even knows how big of an impact cannabis businesses are making. Check her out!

 

Because I prefer to roll my own, this JOINT is dedicated to you, Andrea Unsworth! Queen, your work is making necessary strides, and we thank you!!

 

“The dopest part of my job is my community.” –Andrea Unsworth

 

More links:

Stashtwist Website

DOPE Magazine Interview

Jeff Sessions…back at it again.

Happy New Year Blogees!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope you are staying warm too! I want to hear all about it, especially those hilarious weed conversations with the relatives. But in the meantime, 2018 is already trying to kick our asses.

Earlier today, attorney general Jeff Sessions released a one page memo basically taking a seagull crap all over Obama’s 2013 policy. You know, the one that says the federal government won’t interfere with states in the legalization of pot as long as the state is abiding by federal law.  Which is why 29 states have some policy of legal cannabis but it’s illegal to consume cannabis while driving in every state.  That flexibility left the decision of legalization and enforcement policy up to the state, NOT the federal government.

Yea, Sessions wants like, none of that.

In his one page love letter, he’s suggesting that if states don’t want federal interference, they shouldn’t legalize. Furthermore, he wants marijuana labeled as a dangerous, Schedule 1 drug that has no medicinal uses. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” Sessions said. “We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we’re able.” Uh well yea, Sessions. But you’re trying to change the category and federal integration of cannabis SO you can enforce such laws “effectively.”

he directed “all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.”

Is there an empty stadium available, so this man can have several seats?

So what does this all mean for us? That U.S. attorneys can go on ahead and enforce federal level laws against cannabis states, legal ones included.

What does that mean for me? More mass incarcerations. More people of color getting arrested. More. Steps. Back.

You can thank your president, by the way. Happy New Year!

 

#WCW-Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA

 

Highdey Ho!!

I hope you all are having an awesome holiday season. I have been doing absolutely nothing! But I could not let 2017 end without gracing your screens with another great feature for #WomenInCannabisWednesday! Excited is an understatement for how I’m feeling about this #WCW!

Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA is the co-founder, cannabis physician, and specialist for The American Cannabinoids Clinics, located in Oregon. According to minoritycannabis.org (GREAT website, by the way), she counsels over 500 patients throughout the pacific northwest region and California.

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Dr. Knox received her Bachelor’s from Duke University and her Master’s in medicine and business from Tufts University in 2012. To name all her positions would take another blog, but I must include co-founder of the family practice, Doctors Knox, that focuses on wellness. According to LinkedIn, the wellness company has a mission to educate, inspire and motivate patients, family and friends to become the experts and directors of their own health. Now how dope is that??

Check out this YouTube from Dr. Knox covering the treatment of cancer with cannabis!

 

Dr. Knox is dedicated to presenting her community with health alternatives to better people’s state of mind, body, and soul. Through her advocacy and contributions, she is helping to bridge the gap between minorities and cannabis education and resources.

Speaking of advocacy, I learned about Dr. Knox from the Minority Cannabis Business Association, of which she is a board member. Additionally, she is Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Oregon Cannabis Commission!

Dr. Rachel Knox, thank you! Let’s all honor her by supporting our local and state cannabis associations, the MCBA, advocacy groups, and minority cannabis businesses. Start with education, end with action!

 

Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.” –American Nurses Association

 

#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

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“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!

#WCW-Chanda Macias

Hey hey hey blogees, a week feels like such a long time, doesn’t it? Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve been too busy to blog, but definitely tired AF! Blame it on the weather, too much holiday food, or consuming indicas when I know I’m a sativa person. Regardless, I’m halfway through this kale smoothie and ready to introduce another illustrious feature for #WomenInCannabisWednesday!

Meet Chanda Macias, she’s a MMJ consultant and owner of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC), located in Washington D.C. By the way, it’s the number ONE dispensary in D.C. Just had to throw that in there.

In 2001, before she ventured into cannabis, she was a cell biology specialist at Howard University, which is where she earned her P.H.D. in cell biology. Go HBCUs!! Oh, and the same year she graduated, she was also hired by Colgate-Palmolive as a research scientist. Uh, hello!!

In addition to her current position and academic contributions to minorities in cannabis, she is the Maryland/D.C. chapter leader of Women Grow, member of the advisory board for MMJ at Southern University in Louisiana, and she’s a mother!

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What I enjoyed learning about Lady Macias is her perseverance to ESTABLISH minority presence in this industry. Research, research, research! She is more concerned with providing clients real knowledge and effectively enhancing their treatments with cannabis. He medical and scientific background provided a necessary foundation to her accomplishments.

Colleges and universities are starting to integrate cannabis education into their curriculums, some even offering degrees in the field.  Chanda blazed a trail for many minorities by continuing her education and dedicating her talents to the science and business of cannabis. It’s no question she faced opposition, bunk contracts, discrimination, inflated distributor prices, etc but she pressed forth. So it should be no surprise why she is this week’s Clear As Smoke #WCW.

Check out her site and if you’re in the D.C. area, make sure to pay the NHHC a visit!

Here’s a video of Chanda speaking to Women Grow Speak at a Women Grow event in Washington, D.C. The video is edited to begin with her, but feel free to watch in its entirety!

 

Learn more about Women Grow: Women Grow

Great articel from MJBIz Magazine website on Chanda: MJBiz Article

This post is dedicated to Wesdae.

#WCW-R.I.P. Dr. Sonya Kay Forbes

High and happy Women in Cannabis Wednesday.

Tomorrow is a day many of us will spend with family and friends, celebrating Thanksgiving or just enjoying good company.  Sadly, the cannabis family recently lost a very prominent member. So today, I wanted to feature a very special woman who was a doctor and pioneer in cannabis health research-Dr. Sonya Kay Forbes.

Dr. Forbes gained her fame as Miss Jamaica World in 1999 and studied at the University of West Indies. She used her education to research the effects of cannabis on bad eyesight and blindness. We’re not talking any beginner’s level stuff either. She observed Jamaican fisherman who were cannabis smokers and had excellent night vision. With that inspiration, she discovered that after applying a cannabinoid (fancy name for THC or CBD, remember?) to the eye tissues of tadpoles, some retinal cells became more sensitive to light while increasing the response time of the eye. CRAY!

In addition to her research, Forbes advocated for hospitals to seek out alternative medical procedures and treatments, including cannabis.  What may have attracted opposing attention was her push for medical centers to move away from big pharmaceutical companies and offer cheaper, natural medications to patients.

On September 13, 2017, Dr. Sonya Kay Forbes was dead of a stab wound in her Jamaica home. She was only 40 years old, and was the mother of a young son.

I’ll exclude my personal opinions on her sudden and tragic death, especially as authorities named it a suicide. As I type this, her case is being investigated as a possible suicide but it is obvious this phenomenal woman’s life ended at the hands of someone else. What isn’t in question is how much she accomplished in such a short amount of time, and a legacy that must be continued.

May her life, sacrifice, and contribution to the cannabis industry never go unappreciated! Thank you, Dr. Sonya Kay Forbes…and rest in peace.

 

First Cannabis Overdose Ever? Nah.

Trigger Warning:  The following post discusses a current crime case regarding the death of a child.

 

High and Hello beautiful blogees,

If you keep up with cannabis news, or any news, you may have heard about the 11-month old who passed away from cannabis consumption in Colorado. A very tragic story, indeed, but not a true one.

The history of negative cannabis propaganda dates as far back as 1930s. If you recall my blog about the history of cannabis in America (Here ya go: On#TBT-When Marijuana Was American Medicine), Harry Anslinger (commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics) kicked off the propaganda train with anti-cannabis campaigns including movies. Anti-cannabis writers and directors were probably making more money than dealers or cultivators. One of the more popular films, “Reefer Madness,” uses vivid images and scenes of murder and insanity based on teen usage of cannabis. Other movies released later would depict cannabis as the devil’s drug, the “whacko tobacco” that makes people suicidal, or the herb that gives immigrants and Black people super strength to rape and murder white families.

 

 

 

Oh, it got ratchet.

Fortunately the public got wiser and cannabis education was able to debunk many of the myths portrayed in these films. Unfortunately, the stigma still heavily remains. This current media faux pas is no different and is a driving force behind the struggle to legalize cannabis and DECRIMINALIZE cannabis. And for people of color, the need is stronger now than ever.

Everyone from doctors and scientists to journalists and reporters to supply the public with truthful information. Of course this doesn’t always occur, leaving us to do more research.  Media outlets have been scrambling to put it on record that there indeed was NOT a cannabis fatality and to this day, never was.

This is a very tragic, depressing story. Using the passing of a baby as a platform to identify “fake news.”  The details of the case were later disclosed; the conditions of the victim’s environment and physical state were concluded to be the cause of death.

Please continue educating yourselves and never be afraid to question the headlines. Although we have technology on our side, the positive public image of cannabis is the most effective tool in preventing careless, disheartening stories like this.

 

Here’s some links for more insight:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/marijuana-overdose-baby-colorado-dr-christopher-hoyte-dr-thomas-nappe-a8062256.html

https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/where-did-the-word-marijuana-come-from-anyway-01fb

https://www.hellomd.com/health-wellness/57101df447f0830008001256/the-history-of-marijuana-propaganda

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-first-marijuana-overdose-death-truth-20171118-story.html

 

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.” –Harry J. Anslinger

It’s Time To Pass A Drug Test!

High blogees!

You just applied for a job and you are called back for the interview. Congratulations! Until you are told to come in for a drug test… now what?

Look, many of us have been there. So I hope that the following pointers will help you out but please understand THESE ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO WORK. I have found success and some methods and failure and others.

On average, the residual agent in cannabis that can be detected in a drug test can stay in the body anywhere from 45 days to six months after ending consumption. Determining factors include height, weight, amount of cannabis consumption and diet.

The following are MY effective methods of passing the test. MINE. Your factors may vary and need to be considered if you are going to attempt passing a drug test.

YOU NEED AT LEAST 24 HOURS TO FLUSH YOUR SYSTEM FOR A DRUG TEST. Sorry, drowning yourself in flushes and pills the day of wont work.

STOP CONSUMING CANNABIS THE MINUTE YOU FIND OUT ABOUT A DRUG TEST. Let’s get serious.

CRANBERRY JUICE NEVER WORKED. Even the 100%, $7/bottle kind.

NEITHER DID NIACIN, GOLDENSEAL, OR VINEGAR. You’re doing more damage than good because these items are meant for dosed consumption for GRADUAL cleansing. Most people take too much in an effort to cleanse fast. Drink lemon water and urinate. Often.

WORK OUT.  Move that booty! The more you sweat the faster your systems cleanses the agent that drug tests detects.

NO FATS, SWEETS, LIQUOR, OR CARBS. I know, starting to sound like a diet right? Well it helps the cleansing process.  But that’s a big duh, right?

DON’T BE A SQUARE. No cigarettes. If you are a smoker I know I’m killing you right now but trust me. I used to smoke Black and Milds and I noticed how much faster I would be able to cleanse my system when I put down the tobacco.

IF YOUR TEST IS WITHIN 24 HOURS: I would suggest a detox system. Do some homework. Check reviews of products on Google or Amazon. Ask around. Visit GNC or health food stores and don’t be shy. Like I said there is no guarantee but the effort is worth it if you are able to pass the test. Some products include pills that’s keep you clean for a few hours after digesting. I tried a system that had pills and juice. Didn’t work and I spent a cool $50. But I have heard positive reviews also

EAT GREEN. Spinach, lettuce, cabbage, whatever. You can chomp a lot of it without getting full and it’s key to getting you cleansed. Some people recommend okra (yuck) and/or asparagus (now we’re talking) but just make sure to get it in.

IF THE TEST IS A MOUTH SWAB: Follow the above instructions. Brush 3x a day and use a good mouthwash. Coffee is actually recommended, just gotta keep it like me: strong and BLACK. No cream or sugar y’all!

IF THE TEST IS A HAIR SAMPLE: Pardon my language, but ooooh shit this won’t be easy. Marijuana stays in hair follicles for many months up to a few years. You may have to purchase a special shampoo (called detox shampoos) and they are expensive, very damaging and sometimes do not work. DIY methods include everything from washing with clothing detergent to actual bleach. I’ve never had to give a follicle sample so I don’t have any advice from a personal perspective.

THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY MAY BE THE MOST RISKY WAY: A friend in need is a friend who has consumed weed. As awkward as it may be, being able to get a few ounces of urine from a friend or relative that does not consume cannabis is one of the easiest ways to ensure you will pass a drug test, if it is urine.  And uh, you may want to drug test the friend or their urine, just in case lol. Purchase a couple of hand warmers for about 4 bucks from drug store or hardware center, and it will keep the urine at the proper temperature 4 at least 5 to 6 hours. Get a vial that you can uh…conceal…and make sure to keep the hand warmer in contact as long up until it’s time to drop as possible. If you’re required to urinate in front of someone, my advice ended at the previous sentence.

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Alrighty then! I have parted with all the information I can. There’s only one way of passing a drug test 100%…not using cannabis at all. Just about all major retailers carry an at home marijuana detection test, but even those may be testing for agents different than the ones tested in the actual test you’ll be taking. So, don’t be nervous, but don’t get too relaxed either. The job may require having random drug tests throughout your job, so you may need to consider stopping usage altogether. *sniff*

I want you to get this job, but I also want you to be safe. If you do not have control over your cannabis usage, be careful about the jobs you accept. Make sure you are physically and mentally able to perform. because if you think THIS drug test is nerve wrecking, imagine the one you will have to take on the spot if you get into an accident while on the job! Oh yea, I’ve been there before.

Leave your experiences! Are you preparing to take a test? Passed/failed one before? Good luck!!

OH, check this article on other items that can negatively affect your drug test, especially it it’s testing for more than weed. Toodles!

 

A drug test is the only test you fail because you’ve studied too much.”–Unknown.