#HarvestMoon | Keep Going – Marquisa Jones, Founder of Lola’s Kisses

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Jones, M. (n.d.). Keep Going [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://hubcitymama.home.blog/2020/07/15/keep-going/

I said it once (let’s be real I have said it a million times) and I will say it again…but 2020 is a big, ugly, bitter bitch, with no edges, and no chill. This year has just been one thing after another!

I walked into this year dead set on really pushing Lola’s Kisses, but after Covid 19 and protest due to the police killing black people over and over I started to think that now is not this time. Who the hell cares about lip balm and body butta when people are dying form a virus and the police? I just did not feel right to try and sell folks stuff I times like this.  

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Author: Marquisa Jones, Founder of Lola’s Kisses

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Cann I Work’s Harvest Moon Virtuation: Reaping the Seeds of Our Ancestors

See who’s pulling up to the Virtuation!


Virtuation Host & Founder of Cann I Work

“It’s important to show the human side of the plant.”

Shawmeeka Noland

IG: @canniwork

Virtuation Co-Host & Founder of PuffnPretty

“Our products take you on a cerebral joy ride while you sit pretty, puff n’ relax.”

Tracey Schultz

IG:  @puffnpretty

Virtuation Guest & Founder of Leafly Therapy

We are. Different. VIBES!

Adelina Sanchez

IG: @leafly_therapy_houston

Virtuation Guest & Founder of Lola’s Kisses

“Our special recipe soothes, nourishes, moisturizes, and rejuvenates your skin, hair, and lips making you feel soft and oh so kissable!! “

Marquisa Jones

IG: @lolaskisseslipbalm

Virtuation Guest & Co-Founder of Sterling Alternatives

“We focuses primarily on menstruation and all of the associated struggles that can come with it. “

Dominique White

IG: @SterlingAlternatives

Virtuation Guest & Singer/Songwriter

“He’s smooth, he’s classy, he’s got that savoir faire. The brothas call him one cool cat, the ladies debonair.”

Eric Debonair McNair

IG: @debonair_mcnair

Virtuation Guest & Managing Editor @skunkmagazine

“Cannabis flower fuels my power and my niche is Hashish.”

The Dank Duchess

IG: @thedankduchess

Virtuation Guest & President of United CORE Alliance

 “UCA mission is to accelerate access to the cannabis market for residents of California most affected by the War on Drugs.”

Brandon Bolton

IG: @cannabizb

Virtuation Guest & Co-Founder of Higher Ed Hemp Tours

“Hemp adoption will create a long-lasting environmentally responsible industry supply chain.”

Leah Lakstins

IG: @hemptours

Virtuation Guest & Author of Potluck Cannabis Style

“We need to let beginners know just how to invest so that they are [not] misled.”

Elizabeth V Allen

IG: @rhinoshineventcleaning

Virtuation Guest & Founder of Hemp XOCO

“Never give up on your goals no matter how long they may seem to accomplish.”

Ramiro Rosas

IG: @hempxoco

Virtuation Guest & Co-Founder of Higher Ed Hemp Tours

“Never give up on your goals no matter how long they may seem to accomplish.”

Cintia Morales

IG: @hemptours

Virtuation Guest & Founder of Crescendo Career Consulting

“Let’s be productive and kick ass!”

Ebonee Raven

IG: @ogafropuff

Virtuation Guest & Founder of CashColorCannabis

“No matter what industry you are in, collaboration is key when it comes being successful in today’s business world.”

Mehka King

IG: @cashcolorcannabis



#HarvestMoon | An Interview with Dominique & Brian of Sterling Alternatives



Out of Columbus, Ohio, Dominique & Brian came together from different sides of the cannabis plant before creating Sterling Alternatives. Sterling Alternatives is focused on combating the struggles women face each menstruation cycle with broad-spectrum CBD products.

On their journey for quality information in the psychedelic space, they found a lack of people of color in the industry and knew they wanted to create opportunities for other black and brown individuals looking to enter the market.

Keep reading to find out how they’ve adapted their business to the new normal and what keeps them going during COVID19.


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Let’s Get Lifted!

Drops or salve?

Drops

If you could be a cannabis superhero, who would you be?

CannaMan & KiefChick

What are your top 3 smoking songs?

Savage – Megan Thee Stallion ft Beyoncé, Day & Night Kid – Kudi, & Mask Off – Future


Background!

Prior to starting Sterling Alternatives, my partner and I had starkly different experiences with cannabis, both positive & negative. However the more we searched for products and wanted to try things, the less reliable information we could find. We then were introduced to Cannabis Talk 101, and from there the world of Cannabis was wide open to us.


Dab into Business!

How did you get started; why?

Both of us were tired of the lack of diversity in Cannabis, and wanted to create a space where not only can we create a business for ourselves, but we can help other POC along the way.

What’s your niche? How do you stand out from others?

Sterling Alternatives focuses primarily on menstruation and all of the associated struggles that can come with it. And because we understand that being THC free is important to a large number of people, we also wanted to ensure that we offered the best Broad Spectrum products that we could.

What excites you about being in the industry?

The fact that we have a chance to be Cannapreneurs and build something for ourselves, our families, and our community is what brings us such joy & excitement. The industry is so new & fresh, so we have a great chance to accomplish this goal.


Storms don’t last forever, and neither will this pandemic.

Dominique & Brian

Pass it Around!

What are your thoughts on CBD businesses as essential, coronavirus, COVID-19, government relief, and/or patient access?

I think it’s about time all cannabis is deemed essential, since it’s been proven time & time again that there can be some amazing health benefits for people with safe use. It’s a landmark decision that should set a precedent to make some changes on a federal level. We believe in regulation, not restriction.

What are some of the effects COVID-19 has had on you, family, friends, your businesses, etc.?

Personally, both myself & Brian are now working from home full time, and only leave for anxiety fueled grocery trips lol. It’s isolating at times, but it’s the safest way to avoid getting sick! We’ve seen local businesses step up and offer solutions/support and we want to do the same.


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How has your business adapted to the pandemic?

We were already extremely focused on cleanliness (one of us had a germ phobia prior to this lol) and have began completing orders wearing masks & gloves for extra sanitation. We’ve also been having lots of sales & deals to lower prices for our customers at this time.

What are some of the experiences people have shared for coming to you during this time?

People are scared & anxious. There’s so much uncertainty surrounding the economy, the global pandemic & their own personal health that they’re coming out looking for help & support, and that’s what we are here to provide. Our customers include front line essential workers that count on us and we can’t let them down.



What’s your silver lining?

Storms don’t last forever, and neither will this pandemic. We just need to get over this health crisis and as a nation, adjust to healthier lifestyles. Only then life can get back to our new normal.

What’s some advice you have for other CBD businesses?

Do your research, and don’t lose your morals!

What are some tips for self-care during #StayatHome?

Be kind to yourself, and don’t feel forced to come out of this with a new skill/money making scheme. It’s okay to rest.

Do have you any specials, giveaways, discounts you’d like to add?

Yes we do! Currently everything is BOGO free, with the exception of our bundles. We’re also getting in some PPE! Stay tuned for announcements on that ☺️


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@SterlingAltern8 is a black woman owned CBD brand from Ohio! We’re broad spectrum so everything is completely THC free. CBD is awesome for cramps, anxiety & muscle pain.


Conclusion!

Any Shout outs?

Yes! @CopperHouseDet for being the most awesome, female-owned cannabis-friendly AirBnB in Michigan, and @columbusbotanicaldepot for being a great resource in our area for first time patients!

How can people find you?

IG: @SterlingAlternatives, FB: Sterling Alternatives, & Twitter: @SterlingAltern8

Website: www.sterlingalternatives.com

Email
customercare@sterlingalternatives.com

#HarvestMoon | Why I love Harvest Moon (and Maybe You Should Too)

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The air is cooler, the nights are longer and it officially kicks off Libra Season. October 1st is not only my birthday, but that of my middle brother, our grandmother, and that of our great great grandfather.

Though no records of his birth exist due to being born a slave, it’s believed he was born between October 1 and 15, 1852. Add to that, my youngest brother’s birthday falls just 2 days before. The icing on the cake? Our autumn birthdays this year fall on my favorite moon. Harvest Moon. 

When does Autumn start?

For us north of the equator, the autumn equinox makes her introduction on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Equinox” originates from aequus, Latin for “equivalent,” and nox, ssimply meaning “night.” When we’re on the autumn equinox, days and night times are equally long. This marvel doesn’t occur in any other season of the year. 

Here’s a fun activity to do with the kids. There’s a tried and true old folks tale that you can stand an egg on its end during an equinox. Pretty cool huh!

What is a Harvest Moon?

A harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. It’s the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. For several evenings, the moonrise comes just after dusk. This causes a lushness of bright orangey moonlight early in the evening, 

Its orangey color is because the moon is low in the sky so we see it through more of the Earth’s atmosphere. This is also why a harvest moon appears bigger than other full moons.

Admittedly, the importance of a Harvest Moon isn’t just about the moon; furthermore, it’s about the harvest. 

Harvest Moon Crops

Before the Civil War, there were some 46,200 slave labor plantations known to exist in the U.S. growing crops such as rice, cotton, and of course hemp. The 1850 census shows us there were over 8,000 hemp plantations in the south. 

In 1870, about 30,000 African-Americans owned some form of land in the south. Comparatively, there were 4 million (or more) African-Americans who did not. Many of them were sharecroppers. By 1920, the number of black farmers in America reached a high of 949, 889, owning 41.4 million acres across the U.S. 

For our Ancestors, and today’s farmers alike, the harvest moon means one last hoorah under the brightest and biggest moon of the year to grind-out crops in the extra light at a time of year when they would have run out of sunlight to complete their harvesting duties.

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Why black and brown farmers matter?

After the abolition of slavery, sharecroppers generally didn’t have the operable income to purchase necessities throughout the year. Many used credit. As a consequence, high-interest rates still left sharecroppers lacking operable income after they balanced their credit. If the harvest was poor, along with not having crops to sell, some sharecroppers remained in debt until the next year. 

Though many freedmen earned enough to purchase land by 1870, many more fell into debt or succumbed to black codes which forced them to sign labor contracts or be apprehended for vagrancy. No question, this left many of our Ancestors with little faith in elevating their circumstances. 

Did you know?

African-American students had their own organization before 1965, called the New Farmers of America, or NFA. In 1965, NFA merged with Future Farmers of America (FFA) in attributable to the Civil Rights Movement.

Over the past 100 years, Black people in the U.S. have experienced a 90% loss of farmland they once owned to an agrarian system erected on the unfair treatment of black and brown people. With that, we’ve lost valuable resources to quality food needed to keep our community thriving which is particularly relevant today. 

During the pandemic, Black and Brown households with children have been affected by food insecurity as reported by Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. Yet, there’s a resurgence of Black farmers in America with a strong faith they’ll be able to provide food to their families and to those who need it in the community. 

Lastly, there are only 1.3%, or 45,508, black farmers today and there are fewer Black and Brown hemp farmers. This harvest moon, remember to pay tribute to what our Ancestors.

It is a time of abundance. A time to spend with family and friends. And a time to harvest the fruits past, present and future. Support Black farmer’s markets, black and brown hemp farmers, and buy black and brown owned hemp-derived products.

Photo by John Lambeth on Pexels.com

We’re hosting our first “Harvest Moon Virtuation: Reaping the Seeds of Our Ancestors” event on October 1, 2020, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm CST on Zoom. 
 
“Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us.” 
Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki, Algonquin
 
Our focus is to pay tribute to the slaves who paved the way for Black and Brown professionals in the hemp industry while connecting the curious, aspiring workers & future entrepreneurs to education, career opportunities, and overcoming barriers to success in the psychedelic space from its community leaders.

Resources
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#Juneteenth | Juneteenth Virtuation Replay is Available!

Heyy Kingdom!

Thanks for showing up and showing out for our Juneteenth Virtuation: Black and Brown in a Psychedelic Community.

Click the youtube link below to watch the replay!

Love and Life,

Shawmeeka
Founder of Cann I Work


Watch the Replay Here

The Juneteenth Virtuation: Black and Brown in a Psychodelic Community is a tribute to the June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of slaves throughout the South, by bringing together 15 magnificent melanin professionals in one place to open a breezy, yet necessary conversation.


#Juneteenth | The cannabis industry promised social justice. The moment demands that we now deliver.

May 30, 2020 OPINION & EDITORIAL By Brandon Dorfman

When Colorado legalized cannabis almost a decade ago, positive social upheaval took a slight step forward. It gave the masses of activists who’d fought during the intervening years something new towards which they could aspire — hope. Amendment 64 would usher in a new era of criminal justice with an emphasis on the latter half of the term, as the state slightly relaxed the burdens of America’s longstanding War on Drugs.


Cann I Work & PuffnPretty are proud to to announce Juneteenth Virtuation: Black and Brown in the Psychedelic Community Sponsor

HempXOCO

Craft Cannabis/Hemp Producer

Ramiro Rosas


Early statistics showed that the death of prohibition was a successful step forward for social justice, as 80 percent fewer Coloradans caught a cannabis charge after the implementation of legal weed.

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#Juneteenth |We got the grill and ribs. All we need is you!

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🙌🏼 Juneteenth Virtuation: Black and Brown in a Psychodelic Community is a tribute to the June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of slaves throughout the South, by bringing together Queens and Kings fighting in the psychedelic industry to ensure our community comes first. 🙌🏼


Check out our A-Blazing line-up of Brands and Bosses’ Instagram pages that’ll be joining us at the BBQ.

Give ’em a follow to show them some love!

Host

Co-Host

Music Guests

OG Afro Puff

Debonair Mcnair


Sponsors

Ramiro Rosas


Guest Speakers

Lola’s Kisses Lip Balm

Bo Money

1st Lady of the West Coast

Adelina Sanchez

Elizabeth Allen

Empress Fyah


We got the grill and ribs.

All we need is you!

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#Juneteenth | Take a Look at the Benefits of Magic Mushrooms for African-Americans!

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Have you heard of magic shrooms? I have. Like many others in our community, I believed it would make me crazy and frankly, it was “white folks” drugs.

Well, take a trip with Angie X. She give some great insight into the taboo topic in the African-American community. The key to unlocking our FREEDOM. Psychologically and spiritually.

In this video, The Black Medusa gives us the 411 about it’s history, dosages and how to achieve the highest benefits from it.



Shrooms aren’t for eveyone. However, they could be the very plant to help heal our community. Have you tried magic muchrooms? Drop a comment below to let us know your experience.


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#Juneteenth | Everybody’s Invited to the Barbeque!


We’re hosting our first “Juneteenth Virtuation: Black and Brown in the Psychedelic Community” event on June 19, 2020 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm on Zoom.

“Everybody’s invited to the barbeque”

Our main goal for this event is to connect canna-curious, aspiring industry workers & future entrepreneurs to education about career opportunities and overcoming barriers to success from industry leaders while celebrating mental health, food, fun, family, and FREEDOM.




EMAIL to INFO@CANNIWORK.COM

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#THC2020 | An Interview with Dionne Davidson of Houston Academy of Cannabis Science


According to The Minority Report 2018:

Only 10% of women have positions with cannabis investment.

However…

Women are pushing hard to find more success rather than letting the obstacles stop them. Ancillary firms and technologies are becoming a prime target for women wanting to start their own cannabis business.

The Minority Report 2018
C.E. Hutton Faith Integrity Trust

Texas’ own #THC2020 vendors, owners of Nu-Wellness Today and Houston Academy of Cannabis Science educators, The Davidson family aren’t letting anything stop them from reaching their hemp goals.


Introduce yourself to the people.

Hi, my name is Dionne. I am the Marketing Director for the Houston Academy of Cannabis Science. I’m passionate about this beautiful plant that we call cannabis, and what it can do to help people. Not only does it offer relief from pain, anxiety and depression, it really is something that brings people together. That’s what we’re all about, love. And, it’s what we believe in.

What motivated you to travel to The Texas Hemp Convention?

This is a big deal in Texas. It’s so new here. Myself, my sister Devae, along with our mother Dr. Davidson, who is the CEO and Founder of the Houston Academy of Cannabis Science, want to be a part of the growth. 

The Texas Hemp Convention is definitely worth the investment. I mean, you can’t put a price on the amount of people that we’ve made amazing connections with.

It’s crazy being a part of the academy. Inside of two years, we have our retail store Nu-Wellness Today, so it’s only up from here. It’s a bonus to have product to show. We’re really excited about where it’s going, and looking forward to the future.


Are you crunk about all the opportunities waiting for you in the hemp market?

So are we!

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#THC2020 | An Interview with Dominic Ratliff of Happy Hemp Farmacy LLC


Cover Photo Cred to HHF

In this article:

  • Introduction
  • Start of Happy Hemp Pharmacy
  • Traveling to The Texas Hemp Convention
  • Dominic’s Growing Background
  • Challenges to Licencing
  • 7-Pack Premium Hemp Pre-rolled Flower
  • Maintaning Patience
  • Advice  
  • What’s Next

It was easy to get lost in the lights and movement at the Texas Hemp Convention. However, Dominic Ratliff with Happy Hemp Farmacy was there for one reason only. The people.


Introduce yourself to the people.

My name is Dominic from Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ve been a hemp farmer as well as a medicinal practitioner for about four years now. I switched over to CBD since [cannabis] isn’t legal in Tennessee, to help people with anxiety, insomnia and stuff like that. 

It’s legal for me to grow [hemp] with our Tennessee Department of Agriculture License, and I just want to put out quality craft products for people that they can enjoy.



Tell us how Happy Hemp Pharmacy got started.

Happy Hemp Farmacy LLC is pharmacy fresh. My friend was a business major at the University of Tennessee. He knew I was growing out on the West Coast. One day I saw him, and he had already started in the brand. I came up to him like, Yo, I grow and I have a lot of experience in it! We just came together.

His brother’s a chemical engineer, so he does all of the formulation. We put a little ad on Facebook for another farmer. This guy in Chattanooga reached out but was growing medicinal headed in Detroit.

We all came together to form this brand. We all have different expertise that keeps the company going.

Always, be dedicated.


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