Premiere Issue! Sensi Magazine - Boston (April 2018)
Apr 01, 2018 02:07PM
● By Amber Orvik
THERE’S A DEVIOUS GRIN THAT STRETCHES ACROSS THE MUG OF THOSE IN THE LOCAL BOSTON CANNABIS SCENE WHO, FOR YEARS, HAVE TRIED TO SIGNAL BOOST MUCH OF THE CURRENT VALIDATIONS FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF WEED AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH.
That grin is associated with something akin to “told you so.” Although in the right hands (or on the right face that is), it’s less a stinging rejoinder to the prohibitionists (okay, it’s a little of that) than it is the knowing smile of someone who has spent countless hours and breaths trying to educate people on just how misled they have been for a very, very long time on what weed is, and—more importantly for such people—what it isn’t.
From the late 1800s up through the 1940s, cannabis was officially listed in the US Pharmacopeia as a treatment for everything from labor pains to alcoholism, opioid addiction (ironic!), and a host of other issues until the mass demonization largely rooted in cultural racism and federal prohibition (a mass history to dive into if you never have) put the kibosh on the US cannabis industry. And even that tide seems to be changing...slowly.
Besides the statewide legal status around the Bay State, more and more adults (especially aging Baby Boomers and their spawn) are embracing cannabis to give them a better quality of life. Be it as someone who enjoys consumption and the standard benefits from the plant, or simply as someone trying to make a dollar and a cent in a blossoming cottage industry that is already in the neighborhood of a multibillion dollar US industry. Nice neighborhood to be in. And Boston just moved in.
So consider this happy little rag as your own personal chauffeur, carting you through what for some is a whole new world to explore. Some are cautious, some are already vastly well informed and could serve as guiding Virgil for those newbies with a positive, exploratory attitude regarding the new Mass Grass reality before them, especially if years of misinformation, scare tactics, political posturing, and general social stigmas (despite all obvious conflicts of logic when turning the tides on prescription mood drugs, or booze for that matter) cause some to view it as a journey into the Inferno.
But don’t feel that way. It’s not that scary. Just ask questions. You’ll be fine.
Dan McCarthy - MANAGING EDITOR SENSI BOSTON
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