What is The Cannabis Awakening?

What is The Cannabis Awakening?

The Cannabis Awakening is what happens when western societies legalize cannabis
What is the Cannabis Awakening?

You may have noticed that American culture is changing, rapidly and at an accelerated pace it may seem… especially, or more to a certain degree in areas of the country where cannabis is becoming legal.

The catalyst for some of the social change that you are seeing may not just be all from the new awareness of things like the housing crises, The 99% protests, Lgtbq rights, decline of public education, violent police assaults and murders, decline of the middle class, mass incarceration, the growth of Black Lives Matter, our new age of terrorism, or the latest Donald Trump public defecation episode.

There is another name for what is happening..

The Cannabis Awakening
The Cannabis Awakening is the socio-cultural phenomenon currently taking place in America and across the world, that is marked by the following factors and behaviors, typically in this order…

 

  1. Increasing cannabis legality and social acceptance, that is soon followed with radical changes in culture.
  2. These changes in culture result not only from the new acceptance of cannabis consumers socially, but from the interaction and acceptance of the new cannabis culture and knowledge base as well.
  3. These changes in the new social reality and knowledge base, moves the dominant culture away from the errors of church and government, towards revolutionary individual spiritual and societal transformations.
  4. Resulting in more empowered individuals and communities, leading to more conscious, spiritual, and morally focused belief systems.

 

The Cannabis Awakening is basically one of the things that happens when western societies legalize cannabis!

 

The reality of accepting people into society that have been unaccepted for so long creates a culture clash that inevitably exposes both sides to the culture of the other. Old lies are uncovered and new knowledge and information is absorbed and reintegrated. In the case of cannabis culture, the mainstream has been unaccepting of cannabis culture and knowledge for so long, that these shifts in culture can be profound.

Cannabis is unique in its awakening potential because of both its specific effects on the human body and its ancient and modern history related to the emergence of semi-sedentary societies, religion (and its evolution!) and western civilization.

Cannabis has not just been purposefully hidden and lied about. Its prohibition has been used since biblical times to identify and persecute those that are a threat to the dominant cultural paradigm. From women accused of being witches, to Black Americans and the Drug War, cannabis prohibition has been used by those in authority to torment and terrorize large numbers of people.

Cannabis is becoming mainstream, what many haven’t quite realized yet is not just how that will change the community that they live in, but how will it change the way we think.?

 

 

 

Why I Don’t Support the Medical Cannabis Dispensary System in Massachusetts

Why I Don’t Support the Medical Cannabis Dispensary System in Massachusetts.

hint: its racist!

Cannabis should have never been criminalized. It was a terrible mistake motivated by racism and ignorance that most Americans are completely unaware of. Cannabis should have never been placed under the controlled substances act either. Unfortunately correcting wrongs and standing up for fairness and equality are not popular ways of spending time in America these days.

 

When medicinal cannabis was legalized in MA, I expected social justice issues to take a back seat to the new multi-millionaire out of state players, and their needs wants and concerns.

 

I also expected politicians to jump in and try to get their beaks wet too, changing regulations to favor their long held fears and biases, and more traditional (prohibitionist) constituencies instead of any new constituents that may be in support of cannabis consumers.

 

I knew that we were essentially setting up another racist system of cannabis distribution, and decided very early on to be weary of the medicinal cannabis market and the monopolies that government is creating and maintaining for them.

 

Just as I expected, we see even more racial disparity in the newly emerging cannabis distribution paradigm and legal markets, than the older models and markets, that were less legal but much less encouraging of market monopolies and the growing lack of diversity in market participation.

 

Should i really be supporting another racist system? One that is even more racist than the last (in regards to legal market participation)?

 

I was an early patient in the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis program. Met and paid my doctor $200, and then paid the state $50, for the benefit of being legally able to consume cannabis for the period of 12 months before I had to pay $250 again for the next 12 months. There is now one dispensary in Boston that I am aware of. (Milk St) and there are a few in surrounding commmunities. (Brockton, Lowell, Brookline, Saugus)

 

Its a lot to pay for relatively no local services. The state has misled people into believing that if they pay for their mmj card there will be numerous acceptable options for them, but this has never been the case. Most people understand fully well that the MMJ card offered in MA is simply a purchased protection pass from law enforcement. Its a racket.

 

That’s why you see a tremendous gap in registered cannabis patients in MA, versus dispensary visitation. The need for a MMJ card in MA is actually an old fashioned shakedown wherein cops ask if you paid, if you didn’t then you are a criminal. Citizens are scared of abuse from law enforcement! This was supposed to be a medical program for the benefit of patients! Paying a fee has NOTHING to do with whether you need cannabis or not. This betrays the fact that the distribution laws are being changed for the benefit of big business and law enforcement, not the voters and consumers that have been fighting for their rights for decades.

 

They have been fooled and lied to, as the state sets up new monopolies for cannabis through medicinal dispensaries and the very few rich and connected people that are able to enter such a protected and highly restrictive market are able to effectively criminalize other sectors of the market, that are older, more respected and serves more people.

 

It is extremely hard for me to support such an industry when the inequality is so clear and blatant and there is so little concern to remedy such effects.

 

If the legal cannabis industry here in Massachusetts is simply another racist public institution, closed to people that have historically been mistreated in this industry, then it does not deserve my support or respect.

 

That’s why I have never been inside a Massachusetts medicinal dispensary and I don’t have plans to.

 

I tried once. As i was pulling up to a local medical dispensary there was an older white cop, standing outfront, greeting people and telling them where to park. I was flabbergasted. I couldn’t believe that they actually wanted me, a black veteran with PTSD to go and interact with police before I pay for my cannabis?!! The first person you see at local medical dispensaries is a cop!?

I’m not going to go and pay the police so I can have legal access to cannabis! Fuck that! I have heard stories from patients about being searched, metal detectors, institutional attitudes, and more cops, all being part of their medical dispensary experience in MA. I’m good with that. I get treated like a criminal enough in my regular life as person of color.

 

I will never support a system that rewards my oppressors for abusing me, while ignoring racial discrimination. Its unconscionable! But its Massachusetts and the city of Boston. A quick internet search betrays the way Americans have come to understand and see the New England region as an old and firm bastion of Racism.

 

Clueless politicians and residents will continue to bring their ignorance and biases to the table to ensure a system that works for very few and is more effective at strengthening the black market than encouraging the market to change. That has been the strength of most massachusetts politicians up to now.

 

In order to have a fair system you must first acknowledge the wrongs of cannabis prohibition and the drug war. But we live in a city where the police department, politicians, and most others refuse to admit their racism even after ordered to do so by the courts!

 

They refuse to see cannabis consumers as contributing members of society too, and decide to see the new cannabis market as a problem to be grudgingly dealt with… (kind of how black people are treated, you know? Bias!)

 

NOT the rare and true opportunity it is to repair historic wrongs,NOT the unique new market opportunity that could very well be the economic growth locals long for, NOT a way to practice courage and inclusion and community building, NOT an opportunity to craft a new market that serves everyone, and NOT a refreshing opportunity to address racial injustice, cultural lies, revisit the mass of harmful propaganda that has been immorally fed to the American public regarding cannabis.

 

No, they see taxes and regulations., and unfortunately not much else but their cultural fears of cannabis consumers.

 

I refuse to support yet another racist paradigm.

 

If locals want their new cannabis market to work, they had better get real fast. Equality looks like full market participation by those that have been harmed from the drug war. Without it, its a racist system. That may be seen as fine and perhaps expected in most of our other existing public institutions, but i won’t help build another racist system if i can manage it at all.

 

A distribution model that accepts the very real history of racist and immoral cannabis prohibition would have addressed all aspects of the issue (as the law written and passed by voters is designed to do!). When people refuse to face facts, they recreate the same problems again.

 

I understand, like economists and sociologists that have looked at the issue, that in order to encourage full market participation, taxes must remain low or even close to voluntary, and regulations can not be overly restrictive or aggressively enforced by law enforcement. Law enforcement has had a big hand in this situation, and it is immoral and naive to now act as if law enforcement has not been the prime proponent and supporter of the immoral and violent drug war and the racism and ignorance that follows.

 

Law enforcement can not be a prime beneficiary of this paradigm while blacks and minorities, are once again, singled out for mistreatment!

What’s wrong with the people of Massachusetts?

Chief from BostonCannabis.Info

Check out The Boston City Council’s Cannabis Hearing Report to see what Bostonian’s think would help make a more fair legal market for cannabis.

12.14.16 Doc 1206 Marijuana Equity Committee Report – FINAL

 

This is how the city of Oakland, CA addresses this issue.

Oakland: Revised Medical Cannabis Regulations Focus on Diversity and Equality

Boston Cannabis March Media Updates!!

BostonCannabis.Info EXCLUSIVE!

Boston Cannabis March Media Updates!!

Boston City Council’s Marijuana Equity Committee Report

 

MA State Marijuana Committee on Marijuana Policy

12.14.16 Doc 1206 Marijuana Equity Committee Report – FINAL

This video is from a recent local radio program that all locals should check out! Boston Praise radio and TV is truly a local voice for the community. They have always been very open and accepting of any cannabis info i have brought to them. There is no other local media outlet with their footprint and demographic audience in the area!

 

 

Check out these audio clips from local shows about cannabis!

MA State Marijuana Committee on Marijuana Policy

 

Sen Jehlen and Rep Cusack

 

Below is a NPR Broadcast about equality in the cannabis industry.

 

Stay tuned for regular Boston Cannabis Media Updates!!

Prohibitionist, MA State Senator Jason Lewis continues to attack Legal Cannabis Community.

Radio interview with prohibitionist politician Sen Jason Lewis. This is how the new model for racial oppression and discrimination begins. Ignorant and biased politicians misrepresent the truth and make BAD policy that we all have to use our resources to clean up later. Just like Donald Trump, or George W. Bush, two modern Republican politicians.

Source: New Bills Seek To Regulate Marijuana In Mass.

Prohibitionist, MA State Senator Jason Lewis continues to attack Legal Cannabis Community.

Sen Lewis is a politician of the times. Like Donald Trump. They say one thing but really mean another. They are dishonest when they represent policy and facts. They smile while they lie and attack peaceful and legal communities. Massachusetts voters should be disgusted with the behavior of Senator Lewis. I encourage cannabis consumers in MA to contact Sen Lewis office and let him know how misled he is. Maybe ask him how much money Trump and anti-cannabis lobbyists have promised him? Or what type of business deals are being made in Colorado, on behalf of MA voters?

 

Sen Jason Lewis office 617-722-1206

 

Once again, in case anyone missed it.

Sen Jason Lewis is taking a dirty page from a very old, American Racist playbook, and trying to repackage it for us. The idea that cannabis is a public health danger that we must be protected from is simply a lie. This lie comes from the very well documented campaign of racist anti-cannabis propaganda called “Reefer Madness”.

People voted to legalize cannabis because they are more informed than biased politicians like Lewis and reject what he is saying about cannabis. He is saying what prohibitionists have always said about cannabis, there is no difference.

There is no science behind what Lewis is proposing, just bias. Why are prohibitionists like him being allowed to ruin a new paradigm that voters have worked hard for? I say the same reasons that we always have.

When Lewis says he is taking the will of voters seriously, he is lying. He is attacking voters and lying about it… but we should quickly be getting used to how immoral our politicians can be.

There is no doubt that Sen Jason Lewis and other prohibitionists are behaving in an undemocratic way when it comes to respecting the voters.

Chief.

Prohibitionist Bills Could Reshape Massachusetts’ Marijuana Law

Fewer plants, fewer ounces, and a delay on edibles are all on the table this year.

Source: Bills Could Reshape Massachusetts’ Marijuana Law

 

WOW! They actually are thinking of putting Anslinger-like Prohibitionist Sen Jason Lewis in charge of a “marijuana committee on Beacon Hill”!

What an amazingly bold, destructive and offensive thing to do. But MA Governor Charlie Baker is a Republican. Right now Republicans are acting amazingly bold, destructive, offensive, and against the will of the voters throughout the country, so should we be that surprised?

Governor Charlie Baker and other Prohibitionists like Sen Jason Lewis are our representatives for Trump policies locally, so we should expect no different.

 

Someone should really tell them though, that these actions will only result in a broken system again, but alas, it is these types of lessons that can only be reached through honest and thoughtful actions. The campaign against cannabis has rarely been honest or very thoughtful of the rights of Americans.

I encourage people who find themselves having a problem with cannabis to do some research on why we call it “marijuana”, and why it was first made illegal. Its a story of racism and ignorance, and if modern politicians can achieve enough support to  become President of the United States, for supporting racism and ignorance today, then we should expect them to be motivated cannabis prohibitionists as well.

Chief.

Quincy Police Attack Cannabis Community, Arrest and Disrupt Popular Boston Delivery Service

Quincy Police Attack Cannabis Community, Arrest and Disrupt Popular Boston Delivery Service

Quincy Police, Unfriendly to Cannabis Consumers and Their Friends.

Police executed a search warrant on Thursday and arrested Ray Crowell, 33, for operating an illegal marijuana delivery service.

Crowell was charged with Distribution Class D (marijuana), Distribution Class C (THC oil), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C (THC oil), Manufacturing Class C (THC oil), and Cultivating Class D (marijuana).

Crowell, who operated under the name “Boston’s Best Buds,” posted a message reassuring his customers on the website AllBud.com.

“Spent all day in jail. Inventory temporarily seized. Things should be back to normal within the week. Will have updates tomorrow., Thank you :)”

Quincy Man Accused Of Running $10,000 A Week Marijuana Delivery Service

Quincy Police Attack Cannabis Community, Arrest and Disrupt Popular Boston Delivery Service

 

BostonCannabis.Info

 

Quincy Police, Unfriendly to Cannabis Consumers and Their Friends.

Op-Ed

If you are smart, you should disregard much of what is reported by police departments that adopt a prohibitionist stance on cannabis/marijuana. They have been shown to not only radically inflate estimates of value on cannabis products, but to be flat out dishonest when it serves them. They simply can not be trusted on issues related to Cannabis.

This is unfortunate, but police departments throughout Massachusetts have been working closely with the media to popularize and push their revitalized cannabis/marijuana prohibition campaigns. Stories of people who go to the emergency room after ingesting too many infused edibles are hyped up and touted on corporate local news as the next public health scare, and the horrors of driving after smoking a joint are ridiculously now distorted by police departments to make high drivers sound like the latest traffic scourge. Cannabis distribution is equated with Heroin or illegal drug distribution. Its dishonest. Its immoral. Its also the type of behavior we have come to expect from our leaders in law enforcement, their friends in government, and the corporate mass media.

These propaganda campaigns are old and tired and can easily be seen as an extension of Anslinger’s and then Nixon’s racist, ignorant, and immoral policies of greed.

 

The Quincy Police Department is making a loud statement that they are against the “devil weed” cannabis, and all of its consumers. The constant focus by law enforcement on trying to re-criminalize the Cannabis Community in Massachusetts is misled and malicious. It should be seen as an attack on the voters of the commonwealth, in a continued nasty turn towards prejudice and ignorance that is sweeping the nation.

The Quincy Police must explain why they have taken this bold and unprecedented decision to continue to attack the voters of Massachusetts, AFTER they have clearly said they no longer want law enforcement to behave this way. Why is there constant pressure from law enforcement to seek every avenue to create fear in our community? Why, after a very clear vote for legalization are Massachusetts law enforcement departments using taxpayer money to negate the will of the taxpayers? These are not the actions of agencies that are looking to build trust and respect but, just as our now President Trump often displays, these actions are designed to sow fear and unease. They do nothing to make anyone safer.

Quincy police seem to be woefully behind in their understanding of the new law, or willfully ignorant. This is not a surprise after what we see nationally though. The continued disrespect and hostility from local police departments and law enforcement, will ensure that the new legal market for cannabis in Massachusetts is only operated by the rich and connected who pay the police their due. They will still be able to criminalize people of color or anyone else that they don’t approve of, regardless of the will of the voters. This is the old system trying to maintain its grip on the market.

What will anyone do about this type of injustice? Once again it is those that are tasked with protecting us that are abusing and oppressing us here so the solution is up to us.

When law enforcement refuses to serve the people they are no longer law enforcement.. They are an  opposing force. That is what Donald Trump seems to be doing. And that’s what our local and state law enforcement does in respect to their treatment of our cannabis community. We know who has had the greatest benefit from the continued prohibition of cannabis. It has always been law enforcement, from the beginning, that has benefited the most from our unjust and immoral drug war and mass incarceration system. With education, our police department leaders would know this, but they have been so busy criminalizing us, they have not paused to consider the morals of their actions.

There is a lot of money in taking peoples rights away. All citizens that find themselves with a police department that is anxious to arrest cannabis consumers, advocates, and leaders, must reconsider applying the moniker “finest” to the the name of their city or state to represent their police department.

“Quincy’s Finest”, does not ring true when you know that they are acting in unison with those that would sow lies and fear.

 

 

 

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