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Sundays with Savina Monet
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Sundays with Savina Monet

Meet Savina Monet, a graphic designer and founder of the Cannabis Workers Coalition. When she’s not working on dope client work, you’ll find her creating cannabis collages that inspire people to take action on issues that are important right now.

What is your earliest memory of cannabis?
Growing up, cannabis was that “funny smell” that hung around my mom’s bedroom or thick on her clothes when I would nestle up close to her. Cannabis in one form or another has been in my family since before I was thought of, usually grown as an ornamental flower in my great grandparents’ backyard. It wasn’t until I was 15 when I smoked my first joint with friends at a party that I was able to put a name to that “funny smell”.

What does your perfect Sunday look like?

Sundays are so sacred to me. I usually reserve my self-care for Sundays which can include a hike through the forest, a scenic drive, or enjoying my safe space with a jay in hand.

Do you ever use cannabis when making art?

Surprisingly, not as often as people would think. I usually medicate in the mornings to fully center myself before the day begins, so by the time I’m creating I am not so out of it that I get distracted. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve lost looking for source material, there are just so many beautiful photos and if I’m not focused on what I’m looking for, it gets out of hand easy haha.


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What’s your preferred consumption method? What activities do you enjoy pairing with your high?

Flower Power all the wayyyy. There’s nothing better than being outdoors when you are high and in the Pacific Northwest we are spoiled with endless possibilities.

If you could share a joint with any person alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Oh wow, that’s a toughie. I’m going to go back in time and say I’d share a joint with Frida Kahlo. Frida is definitely an inspiration when it comes to mixing political messages with artwork and I’m sure she would have a lot to say about what’s going on in the world today.


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What gets you excited about the cannabis industry?

I get excited thinking about the opportunity we have to shape this industry unlike any industry we have seen before. While most signs point to cannabis being another capitalistic cash cow, I have faith that it’s still very young and malleable. If we get the right people in office and purchase from equitable companies, we might be able to turn this industry all the way around and create an open-market where anyone, regardless of color, class, or past-convictions could participate.

If you could give one piece of advice to the entire world, what would it be?

There’s so much to say, but it boils down to one thing: give love and receive love whenever you can.

What do you think the future of cannabis looks like?

In my mind I see farmer’s markets filled with dank, neighbors growing stalks of flower in their backyard, Black and Brown communities medicating without fear of prosecution, I see cannabis looking like just another plant.

Keep up with Savina by following her on Instagram.

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Sundays with Tiara Kelly
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Sundays with Tiara Kelly

This weeks Sunday session is with Tiara Kelly, model, stunt performer, dancer, and lover of all things cannabis.

What’s up Tiara! Could you introduce yourself?

Heyyy, I’m Tiara Kelly also known as Barbie! An East Coast non binary icon taking over Hollywood with their beauty, magic and blackness! 

That might be our best intro to date. What’s your earliest memory of cannabis? 

My first time consuming cannabis was during tech week for our dance program and my group went to the woods to smoke. I smoked cigarettes, hookah and black&milds so I wasn’t scared. I remember loving how I felt dancing and doing things so freely! I knew I’d probably indulge again. 

What does your perfect Sunday look like?

A typical Sunday for me is watering all my plants as it’s their official feeding day, making a morning smoothie, playing my good morning playlist, twerking in the mirror with a blunt in hand! 

What’s your preferred consumption method?

I prefer to smoke blunts as I love the rolling process. I feel connected to myself and ancestors as they like tobacco. Sometimes I dump the guts on my altar as offerings or their own cigars. My connection to cannabis and magic is very deep as I feel it centers me to truly listen to the downloads I need to receive.

What do you think the future of cannabis looks like?

The future of cannabis is Black! We are coming back to take up space in many ways outside of the stereotypical “rapper weed”. Also many being released from jail for marijuana charges and ideas that these companies are making profits off today. I would like the industry expand to actively showcase others using it other than hippie white girls taking bong rips. Also, the world being better educated on all aspects of cannabis like THC, CBD, and CBN.

If you could give one piece of advice to the whole world, what would it be?

I would like to tell suggest the world to Honor yourself, live for yourself and love yourself!

Keep up with Tiara on Instagram.

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Sundays with Stella Santana
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Sundays with Stella Santana

This weekend we kicked it with artist and producer, Stella Santana to chat about how cannabis has influenced her as an artist, and her favorite consumption methods.

Hey Stella! Could you introduce yourself? 

I’m Stella Santana and I make music, my own and I also produce and executive produce for other artists/creative projects.

What is your earliest memory of cannabis? 

Growing up in California, my earliest memory of cannabis is hearing about it in 4th or 5th grade. The boys were talking about wanting to get high, knowing where their parents’ stashes were etc etc. But I didn’t end up smoking my first time until I was about 15 years old. I also grew up listening to a LOT of Bob Marley but it didn’t connect for me when I was young that cannabis was such a huge part of the songs I had memorized all the lyrics to, haha!

What does your perfect Sunday look like?

My perfect Sunday would definitely include me being productive for a little. I like to work on multiple projects at once so making sure I’m always moving them forward in some way, big or small, allows me to enjoy unplugging a lot more. I don’t like having things hanging over my head. Then after, I’d love to be in the sun or go on a nice drive maybe to the beach or up a mountain – I like to be in places that remind me how small I am and how vast the world and universe are 🙂 And of course, I’d pack some joints to smoke with me as well!

What’s your preferred consumption method? What activities do you enjoy pairing with your high?

I’m a smoker all the way! I used to be into the vapes but now I’m super picky and only enjoy a very select few vape brands. I stick to pre rolls when they’re available (mostly when I’m in California, less when I’m in New York) or else I’ve been a good joint roller for years! And I definitely always pair music making with smoking. Basically anything creative! I also enjoy being on drives and smoking – I’m lucky that my husband likes to drive so I can just enjoy the view and be in the moment.

Do you ever use cannabis to help create music?

Yes, always!! Speaking of music, I just dropped a new song which you can listen to here!

If you could share a joint with any person alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Definitely Eartha Kitt! She was such a strong woman and she was fearless! That interview where dude asks her if she would compromise for a man and she throws her head back and laughs?!?!? I just– this is truly iconic (even though everyone says that nowadays *eye roll*). I remember the first time I saw that, I was in my 20s and I just felt it so much. I would love to talk to her about creativity, about being a creative woman, about being a creative woman in this industry, omg I would love to spend the whole day with her, puffin’ and expanding my mind and soul!

Which artist are you really excited about right now?

I think we’re in a very interesting time where the world isn’t as escapist as it used to be – we are craving more depth, more human-ness, more substance. It’s been really inspiring to watch all different kinds of creatives emerge for being themselves, for calling out racism, white supremacy, the patriarchy, etc. I’ve started following a lot of new graphic design artists, photographers, musicians, etc. because they’re not trying to be trendy or liked – they’re thinking and speaking outside the norms of society and that inspires the shit out of me. Some of them are Noname, Drielycarter, Supergirlreject, CharlotteparlerAmandasealesDomrobxrts.

What do you think the future of cannabis looks like?

I’m hoping, first and foremost that the millions of people of color who’ve been locked up for possession and selling will be released and their records expunged.

If you could give one piece of advice to the whole world, what would it be?

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing you are not the voice of your mind – you are the one who hears it”

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Sundays With Mimi Lam
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Sundays With Mimi Lam

This Sunday we (virtually) hung out with Mimi Lam, badass Canadian cannabis entrepreneur and mastermind behind Superette.

Hey Mimi! Could you please introduce yourself and describe what you do? 

Hi, I’m Mimi! I am a Sagittarius/Ophiuchus and a proud enneagram type 1. Some of you may know me from cannabis brand Superette. I live in Toronto, Canada, and I spend my time building the most fun and badass team out there. I am a stubborn entrepreneur that gets bored way too easily and has a constant case of wanderlust. 


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What is your earliest memory of cannabis? When did you know you wanted to get into the cannabis industry?

In general? I think it was when I caught a whiff of it while walking around downtown Ottawa with my mom as a kid. Many years after that, I started consuming medically and recreationally. 

However, it wasn’t until late 2016 that I wanted to get into the cannabis industry, when there was a real path for legalization across Canada. The opportunity to not only be part of such a monumental regulatory shift, but also the hope of helping push it in the right direction after a history of wrongs was too good to pass. Plus, I love weed, so getting to work in the industry is like a dream come true.

What does your perfect Sunday look like? 

Depends on the season, but I relax by being active. 

In the summer, my perfect Sunday is waking up early for a nice long bike ride with my fiancé, followed by hanging out on our balcony or in the park with a cold bevvy and a joint. 

When the weather’s not great, I stay indoors doing lots of yoga and cooking up a storm. I’ll likely overdo it on making too many desserts, but I can’t deny testing out a new baking recipe.

What’s your preferred consumption method? What activities do you enjoy pairing with your high?

Nothing beats a good joint. Pair it with a nice walk and some good music in my ears? Yes. Please. 

If getting a massage counts as an activity, then also this.


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A massage absolutely counts. If you could share a joint with any person alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Oooooh that’s such a tough question. Conan O’Brien because that would be hilarious. Plus, I heard he needs a friend.

Which artist are you really excited about right now?

Charlotte Langley, a chef of my dreams and a culinary QUEEN. Aside from simply mastering all things food, I love that she is a champion for sustainability and also cooks with cannabis! 

I am obsessed with Scout Canning, which is a company that Charlotte co-founded and just launched this year. Their commitment to sustainability, from fair workplace compensation to 100% recyclable packaging, sets an incredible standard in the food industry and for all product companies around the world.

What gets you excited about the cannabis industry?

So many things. Probably the top of the list is greater research and acceptance of cannabis by the medical and academic communities. We are so far from understanding the full potential of cannabis! With knowledge comes the potential for the development of products that can be beneficial to so many people in this world. As well, with knowledge comes education and at least a baseline understanding of cannabis in our society, which in turn will lead to normalization – something that I will always fight for and why I am so passionate about being in this industry. 

If you could give one piece of advice to cannabis consumers, what would it be?

Pay attention to what you are consuming, it makes a big difference in helping you understand what you enjoy, what is best for you. For instance, pay attention to the terpene and cannabinoid profiles of flower, rather than simply whether it is indica or sativa. Not only that, pay attention to who had a part in the product that eventually ended up in your hands. As a consumer, you get to vote with your dollars and the onus is on you to educate yourself about the retailers and brands you are buying from. Conscious consumption is important for everything and especially for cannabis.

Thanks for hanging with us Mimi! Keep up with her on Instagram and if you’re in Toronto or Ottawa then be sure to check out Superette!

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Interview with Last Prisoner Project
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Interview with Last Prisoner Project

As you may have heard, we recently partnered with Last Prisoner Project as part of our ongoing High Priorities donation initiative. Today, we chat with Mary Bailey, Managing Director at Last Prisoner Project, on what the future of cannabis justice looks like and how we can each do our part to make a difference.

Hi Mary! Let’s jump right into it, is there injustice in the current judicial system towards cannabis crimes? 

Last Prisoner Project’s work is inherently interconnected with racial justice. Not only is there a disparity in who is targeted for cannabis arrests, but those disparities continue in sentencing so that communities of color are more likely to be convicted and serve longer prison sentences for nonviolent cannabis offenses. We also know that suspected cannabis possession has been used to justify some of the most egregious examples of police violence and murder of Black Americans. 

What is the Last Prisoner Project?

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. LPP is dedicated to releasing cannabis prisoners and helping them rebuild their lives. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the Last Prisoner Project will work to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies and are dedicated to making sure that every last victimless cannabis prisoner walks free.

How did you get involved with LPP?

I have been involved with the cannabis industry for most of my adult life. I think that it is an absolute travesty that cannabis is now a booming legal industry yet there are still over 40,000 people incarcerated for a plant medicine that is practically legal in most states and has been deemed an essential business during a global crisis.  I have worked with our co-founders to create Last Prisoner Project from the ground up and it has been incredibly inspiring to see the cannabis industry show up to support our efforts. 

How can cannabis consumers make a difference?

Cannabis consumers can educate the extended cannabis community about the injustice of there still being over 40,000 people incarcerated for cannabis in America.  Some of these people are serving life sentences for cannabis. You can learn about their stories on our website

How can people get involved with LPP?

You can learn more about our work on our website, and by following us on social media.  You can support our work by donating to our organization by texting FREEDOM to 24365 to donate or by visiting our website.

With the upcoming election in November, many states will see adult-use and medical-use cannabis legislation. What should voters be aware of as it relates to the justice system should adult or medical use pass?

As new policy is created to allow adult-use legislation in new states, it is imperative that this new legislation allows for the release of cannabis offenders who are incarcerated.  This should be built into the policy, but unfortunately that has not been the case in any of the states that have passed adult use legislation.  We must do better. Our organization is creating a new 501C4 arm of our organization so that we can legally do legislative outreach and have a seat at the table to advocate for cannabis prisoners as new policy is developed. 

As a final note, are there any pressing cases you’re currently working on?

Yes, unfortunately our worst fears have been realized. Michael Thompson has been hospitalized with COVID-19. At 69 years old and diabetic, we are terrified that Michael will not make it. It is clear that those in power in Michigan do not believe in the humanity of our incarcerated community members but we need you to show them that we value Michael’s life, and that he doesn’t deserve to die in detention.

We would like to ask your audience to PLEASE help Michael by calling the Parole Board and Governor Whitmer to urge them not to return Michael to prison from the hospital. He has already served 25 years for only 3 lbs. of cannabis. Don’t let a nonviolent cannabis sentence become a death sentence for Michael Thompson.

Thank you for joining us Mary, and for all the important work you do at LPP. Please consider reaching out to the people listed below to make your voice heard and prevent cannabis being a death sentence for Michael Thompson.

Michigan Parole Board (517) 373-0270, Governor Whitmer’s office (517) 373-3400, Michael’s MDOC number is 176309.

Email Members of the MI Parole Board: mo[email protected][email protected][email protected][email protected]

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High Priorities
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High Priorities

At Sunday Goods, we believe everyone should have access to the magic of cannabis in a way that’s right for them. The reality is that people have had restricted access or been punished for exploring the benefits of the plant for decades, and the legal cannabis industry that so many of us benefit from today is still laden with discrimination, inequality, and social injustice. 

To help do our part and turn our values into action, we are proud to announce our new donation based initiative, High Priorities, and the launch of our official partnership with Last Prisoner Project. 

What’s the problem?

Imagine sitting in a cell for years, decades, or even for life, convicted of a crime that is no longer considered a crime, while thousands of other people build intergenerational wealth doing exactly the same thing that landed you prison.

This is the sad reality over 40,000 cannabis prisoners face today in the United States, while countless others languish in jails and prisons worldwide. 

The problem is not going away by itself. In 2017 alone, nearly 600,000 people were arrested for cannabis crimes, and despite widespread legal cannabis reforms, cannabis arrests are increasing in several states across the country.  

What’s the solution?

Please meet Last Prisoner Project (LPP). This organization focuses on three key criminal justice reform initiatives related to cannabis crimes: prisoner release, record clearing through clemency and expungement, and reentry programs.

 

The current justice system isn’t working. Last Prisoner Project works to release individuals still incarcerated for victimless cannabis offenses, provides record relief, helps those released from prison rebuild their lives through vocational training programs and building pathways to employment.

Additionally, LPP works on a Federal and state by state basis to advocate for social justice measures for cannabis offenders as well as conducting research and analysis on current legislative and regulatory policies. 

Collectively these programs help cannabis prisoners become “fully free.”

How can we do our part?

At Sunday Goods we believe our core values need to mean more than just words on a page. To help do our part and turn our values into action, we are proud to announce our new donation based initiative High Priorities, and the launch of our official partnership with Last Prisoner Project. 

Every Sunday from July through September, Sunday Goods will donate 5% of proceeds from our dispensary to The Last Prisoner Project. We are proud to partner with LPP as we take our first step as an organization to support the fight for cannabis equality. 

The road to justice is long and this is just the beginning. Looking forward, we will be rotating non-profit partners on a quarterly basis as an ongoing commitment to our community. 

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Meet Rove
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Meet Rove

This week we chatted with Lisa Short, an Account Executive at Rove, to learn a little more about what makes their products the leading cannabis cartridges in Arizona.

Hi Lisa! Can you tell us about the story behind Rove?

 In 2016, the Rove founders realized that long-term success in an immature cannabis industry required a higher degree of self-sufficiency. With that focus, Rove built its own manufacturing facilities, created unique packaging, developed a fully redundant supply chain, and created proprietary manufacturing processes. This “do it yourself” mentality has served Rove well through periods of rapid growth and industry change. 

Our goal is to provide customers with the highest quality products that taste great and are created with them in mind. As cannabis continues its journey toward nationwide legalization, Rove is determined to bring its best of class products to discerning cannabis fans, through top-notch product and local community experiences.

What makes Rove products unique? 

At Rove, we believe in honesty, simplicity and transparency so our carts are a unique experience really from start to finish from packaging to first draw.

For our customers, the cornerstone of Rove products is a proprietary CO2-extracted concentrate process, developed in collaboration with the leading CO2 extraction equipment supplier in the industry. Cannabis for every ROVE product is grown, dried, extracted, packaged and distributed according to our guiding principles. Combined with our proprietary hardware produced in ISO-certified facilities, our final products are the most precise, reliable and of the highest quality. 

 

What are the best uses for your products?

Whether you’re just curious and new to cannabis oil, or a seasoned cannabis connoisseur, Rove has something for everyone.  With a wide range of products, spanning from CBD blends to full spectrum, single sourced flower, every strain contains organically derived terpenes and each have unique benefits.

By visiting Rove’s website  you can find a breakdown of the terpenes for each of our strains. This makes it extremely easy for customers to learn more and identify which strain would suit them best.

 

Any finals notes you’d like our readers to know?

In early 2019, we launched a QR authentication app called Rove Rewards. Rove was the first major cannabis vape brand to offer an authentication program to protect the safety of customers, the business of our retail partners and work to eradicate vape counterfeiting. Every single real Rove product is labeled with a unique QR code which can be scanned to verify authenticity, to ensure that all of our Rove fans have the safest and best experience possible.

Another fun fact about Rove: Our Formulation Specialist in California who develops our strain profiles, went to culinary school and works incredibly hard to make sure customers get what they want and deserve: Mouth watering flavors paired with an exceptional cannabis experience. He has spent years perfecting the layers of delicious flavors from fruity to a more natural taste to make sure we have a product to satisfy even the most discerning tastebuds.

We genuinely care about our customers and depend on their feedback to ensure every experience with us is great. Our instagram account and Rove Rewards are run by real people who love to interact with our followers and loyal customers. Lastly, There is a direct line from our founders to employees because it is important to them to know how we can evolve to create the best product for our customers.

Visit us to check out Rove’s products!

 

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Meet Healing Resources
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Meet Healing Resources

If you’ve been feeling heavy recently, know that you are not alone. While everyone reacts differently to feeling down, we know that many of our patients are seeking out natural remedies that are proven to work. With that, we are excited to welcome Healing Resources, Arizona’s Premier CBD brand, to our shelves. To celebrate we chatted with Gavin Carpenter, the Founder and VP of Sales of Healing Resources, to learn more about CBD and what makes Healing Resources stand out in a saturated market. 

 

Sunday Goods: Hey Gavin! First of all, could you explain to our audience what CBD is?

Healing Resources: Sure thing! Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a promising cannabinoid found in agriculturally grown hemp; a plant that has been used for over 10,000 years and is revered as one of the most versatile plants in the history of the Earth. It has been recognized for its benefits on human and animal health and can affect nearly every biological process. CBD is one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant, but it is non-intoxicating, meaning it will not impair you. Who would have guessed that the part of the plant that doesn’t get people high would become such a major player in today’s Cannabis revolution?

 

SG: What is Healing Resources?

HR: Healing Resources, based in Scottsdale AZ,  is a vertically integrated hemp company that has been around since the beginning stage of the CBD/Hemp revolution which began shortly after the signing of the 2014 Agriculture Act, also known as the Farm Bill, which effectively lifted the almost 80 year ban on hemp cultivation, processing, and extraction in the United States. As a leader in the US hemp industry, Healing Resources manages their entire supply chain in house – cultivation, processing, extraction, formulation – from Seed to Shelf. I founded Healing Resources in 2015 under three main principles: Quality, Consistency, and Sustainability. Quality product, Consistent approach to their craft, and Sustainable business practices up and down its supply chain. With nearly 100 Full Spectrum & THC Free products in the marketplace nationwide, Healing Resources’ products cover all methods of delivering the highest quality cannabinoids into the body.

 

SG: What makes Healing Resources unique?

HR: Healing Resources is unique in a number of ways; first being that it was part of the initial pilot program enacted under the 2014 Farm Bill, with thousands of CBD and Hemp companies now saturating this industry – it speaks volumes that Healing Resources was one of the first to get involved. Secondly, Healing Resources prides itself on having a product assortment that covers all methods of delivery, each with the highest levels of bioavailability based on what customers are looking to achieve with CBD. Tinctures, capsules, topicals, inhalables and edibles, Healing Resources has something for everyone. Another unique part of its process is the way Healing Resources CBD products are formulated; using a specialized emulsification process that allows for faster absorption into the body which in turn allows for more accurate dosing. A majority of Healing Resources products have less than 5 ingredients, often less than three ingredients; and are made with all natural and organic ingredients whenever possible.

 

HR: What are the best uses for your CBD products?

SG: Without making any specific claims as to the potential benefits of CBD, we receive awesome feedback from customers that have achieved great benefit for a number of different conditions. CBD is miraculous in the fact that it is mild enough to be taken by perfectly healthy individuals just looking to feel good and live healthy and happy lives – and is strong enough to potentially help fight off some worse ailments that can affect the human body. There is a ton of information available about the benefits of CBD and we are happy to help answer any questions our new or existing customers have.

 

HR: What are your recommendations for dosing?

SG: Dosing is a very important part of the process when taking CBD; we recommend customers start with Healing Resources Full Spectrum Hemp Oil or THC Free tinctures that come with a metered-dose dropper to help customers find the dose that is right for them. We recommend starting with 0.5ml – 1ml held under the tongue for up to a minute before being swallowed with a beverage, continue this at least once a day for 10-14 days before changing your dosing. After that 10-14 day mark, we typically see that customers are starting to experience the effects of our CBD acting as “chemical messengers” throughout the body. If that is not a strong enough dose, we recommend slowly increasing that dosing over the course of a number of days to then understand the effects of it. Once a customer has found their dose, we have a wide variety of specifically dosed products ranging from 10mg CBD chewing gum and gummy bears all the way up to 50mg Full Spectrum and THC Free capsules. Healing Resources dedicated support staff is always here to help answer any specific questions about finding the right dose. An insider tip – enjoy your Healing Resources product with any type of good fats – dark chocolate, almonds, avocado, peanut butter, etc. to further boost the absorption and effect!

Interested in trying Healing Resources CBD for yourself? Then visit us in Phoenix! Customers do not need a medical card to purchase CBD, just order ahead and pick up in our lobby. One of our friendly cannabis concierge’s will be able to assist you upon arrival.

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Juneteenth and the History of Cannabis
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Juneteenth and the History of Cannabis

It was on this day, June 19th, in 1865 that federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure that all enslaved people be freed, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Given the history of racism and inequality within cannabis, we wanted to take today to reflect on the history of cannabis in America, and how we can help pave a way forward. 

Pre-Prohibition: 1600s – 1800s

The Jamestown settlers brought hemp to North America in 1611, and throughout the colonial period, hemp fiber was an important export. During the 17th century, all American colonies were required to grow hemp as it was one of the most predominant industrious materials in the world, even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were known to have grown hemp.

By 1850, cannabis made its way into the US Pharmacopeia, which listed the plant as a treatment for numerous ailments including tetanus, rabies, alcoholism and opiate addiction, just to name a few. The hemp industry was undoubtedly flourishing, although it’s important to remember it was built through slave labor.

Propaganda and Prohibition: 1900 – 1940s

In the early 1900s, the public perception of cannabis began to shift as politicians joined forces with the cotton, steel, pharmaceutical, and tobacco industries. Propaganda was rife and shaped American’s views on cannabis forevermore. By 1931, 29 states passed anti-cannabis prohibition laws. 

In 1936 the deceptive propaganda film Reefer Madness was released, depicting cannabis users as violent and deadly fiends. Other forms of media were quick to follow, selling falsehoods as truths and further heightening racial tensions. The word marijuana was used to make the plant sound “more Mexican”, supporting the anti-immigrant attitudes of the time. 

The Black community was also targeted, fueling damaging stereotypes and racism linked to cannabis use. Propaganda instigated research that linked the use of cannabis with violence and crime, primarily committed by “racially inferior” or underclass communities. 

The War on Drugs: 1960s – 1980s

President Nixon took office in 1969 and began withdrawing troops from Vietnam in his first term, which brought with it a new opioid crisis. This development led to Nixon reevaluating the drug policy in the United States, declaring drug abuse “public enemy number one”. Cannabis was quickly roped into categories with other drugs and was claimed to be more dangerous than cocaine, and on par with heroin.

After the Shafer commission filed a report in 1972 stating that cannabis should be decriminalized after determining that cannabis was far safer than other drugs. The report was rejected by Nixon. Strict prohibition laws continued to maintain power over disenfranchised communities. 

The War on Drugs continued beyond Nixon’s resignation. In 1986, Reagan signed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act and in 1988 it was amended to be harsher and on a wider scale, including mandatory minimum sentencing for “a conspiracy to distribute drugs” and non-violent drug crimes. While vowing to protect children, the Reagan Administration was disproportionately throwing Black and Brown children into jail for cannabis-related crimes.

Cannabis propaganda continued, and the plant was now positioned as a gateway drug to crack and heroin, justifying harsh laws. There was a boom in the number of incarcerations. To this day, some are still serving life in prison without parole for a drug that is now legal in states throughout the US. 

The Turn of the Century: 1990s – Today

In the 1990s pop culture brought cannabis to mainstream media for the first time thanks to music and film. We began to understand the wonders of the plant, and the medicinal uses for cannabis were further studied. The HIV Aids crisis is the reason we have medicinally legal cannabis today, as treatment options were limited and cannabis could provide relief to those suffering. In 1992 the nation’s first public dispensary opened in San Francisco, making history. The momentum from California made its way across to Arizona next, becoming legal for medicinal uses on a state-by-state basis. 

The conversation around cannabis continued to grow and gain attention, with it becoming clear that the majority of Americans were eager for a path towards legalization. Currently, cannabis is legal in 11 states for recreational use and 33 states for medical use.

While the cannabis industry is seemingly making progress, we still have a long way to go. In 2018, 40% of drug arrests were for cannabis, most of which were only possession. That’s one cannabis arrest every 48 seconds. On average Black person is 3.73 times more likely than a white person to be arrested for cannabis, with some states being 6 times more likely, despite equal usage rates. A cannabis conviction doesn’t just mean jail time, it means creating serious ongoing psychological risks, breaking families apart, and losing the right to vote. Looking at the statistics, it’s clear that Black people are disproportionately targeted for cannabis-related charges. So, what can we do? 

Hold Brands Accountable.

Initiatives such as Cannaclusive’s Accountability List have gained traction as ways to check if the brands you are supporting with your wallet are actively practicing corporate social responsibility.

Diversify.

If you are in a position to, make a commitment to hire and train more members of the BIPOC community. If you are not in a hiring position, make it known that you believe companies should be actively promoting more inclusive work environments. 

Donate.

By backing your beliefs with cash, organizations can incite real change. No amount is too small to make a difference.  

Champion Change

Educate yourself and your community. Read books. Have difficult conversations with your family and friends. Most importantly, make sure your voice is heard by ensuring that you are registered to vote

Here at Sunday Goods, our core values are respectful inclusivity, leadership by example, and integrity, all of which are linked to demanding justice for the BIPOC community. This is why we’ve chosen to support the Last Prisoner Project and their missions to release and expunge the records of those convicted of cannabis-related crimes. This is not the last that you’ve heard from us on this matter. As we continue to do the work internally, we will be sure to update our community on the actionable steps that we are personally taking as a brand to make cannabis a more inclusive industry. 

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Celebrating Pride Month
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Celebrating Pride Month

June marks Pride month and amongst a global pandemic and ongoing protests, it didn’t feel right for us to post our usual #FeelGood content. Instead, we’ve chosen to use this opportunity and our platform to highlight the history behind the gay rights movement, as these events are as relevant now as ever. 

In 1969, bars and restaurants could still be closed for serving gay patrons as homosexual acts were illegal in every state except Illinois. The mafia operated most gays bars at the time, as they were able to pay off police officers to turn a blind eye. Even so, New York was known for its strict enforcement anti-homosexual laws, and police raids were common occurrence at these bars, such as the Stonewall Inn

On June 28th, 1969 eight undercover police officers stormed Stonewall Inn, arresting staff and drag queens, as “masquerading” was illegal at the time. But this time, the police encountered resistance. Crowds gathered outside Stonewall Inn and watched on as people resisted arrest. Two transgender women of color, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, are often credited with instigating the uprising. In the six days that followed word of the riots spread throughout the city, and thousands of people began to gather, chanting “gay power,” “we want freedom now” and “Christopher Street belongs to the queens.”

Harnessing the energy and momentum from Stonewall, several rights activist groups were born, such as the the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance. These groups defied the stronghold the Mafia previously had on them and to forge their financial independence they held dances and fundraisers. Proceeds were used to fund an underground newspaper, a bail fund, and lunches for the poor. They began questioning mayoral candidates at forums about their views on homosexuality and took their voices to the voting polls.

On June 28, 1970, one year on from the Stonewall riots, thousands gathered in Greenwich Village for the first Christopher Street Liberation Day march. This went on to become an annual event known as the Pride parade, celebrated every year in cities across the globe.

This year several organizations, such as Reclaim Pride, have come together to stand in solidarity with the Black community by fighting for equal rights for all. As we look back at the events that unfolded during the Stonewall uprising, we’re reminded of the ongoing impact that can be made by the people. Continue to fight for what is right and hold brands and businesses accountable. Together we can make a change.