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Cannabis + LGBTQ Pride at The Stud


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Pride week may be over in Boston, but many other cities are still celebrating or getting their celebrations started as well.  Popular cities like San Francisco don’t have their parade starting until near the end of June.  Being that San Francisco is the heart of many progressive sub-communities, LGBTQ residents get a lot more creative in their pride celebrations.  Celebratory events are about to get a lot more unique now that the recreational cannabis industry is booming around California.

When pride events and recreational cannabis mix together, you create something truly fantastic.  And ironically enough, that is just what is happening here in San Francisco nightclub The Stud.

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June 14th is PUFF – A queer cannabis appreciation/drag pride party.  The event celebrates cannabis consumers within the LGBTQ community.  It’s a combination of a pride event all while celebrating legalized cannabis in San Francisco.

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DJ Sergio Fedasz spins your favorite 420-themed tunes as everyone meets and greets before the show.  After that, DJ Dank hosts a drag show featuring some of the best performers in the city.  There is also a stoner raffle that takes place throughout the event as well.  This event is held every 2nd Thursday from 7-10 PM.  While this event celebrates all things queer and cannabis, there is no cannabis consumption and distribution in or around Stud.

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The Stud has been open since 1966 and remains as the heart of San Francisco’s LGBTQ culture.  It was formerly located at the western end of Folsom Street, but eventually moved to the corner of Harrison and Ninth street in 1987.  Some famous icons that have entered the doors include Bjork, RuPaul, Charo, Etta James, and even Lady Gaga.  Fifty years later and the Stud continues to be an iconic bar for pride events.

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Ok folks, I have heard of pride events all around Boston and this right here takes pride to a WHOLE other level.  Think about it – the LGBTQ audiences come together to the Stud to celebrate recreational cannabis use in San Francisco.  You basically have this incredible combination of sub-communities forming together under one legendary bar in one of the most iconic cities of all time.  To date, this is the only cannabis-themed LGBTQ appreciation event anywhere in America (better, yet anywhere in the WORLD!).

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San Francisco continues to push the envelope with their bold pride celebrations every year.  Its things like the Folsom Street Fair and Amsterdam-style cannabis lounges that flourishes the city’s reputation even higher.  Surprisingly enough, it still remains as the top LGBTQ friendly city here in America.

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What we are left is two PR miracles meshed together into one amazing sandwich.  The cannabis industry is in full swing in California and is even helping businesses as well as other industries.  San Francisco was a historic town for both the LGBTQ and cannabis community, so it only makes sense to mix them together in one special occasion.  This is definitely one sandwich that will be easy to swallow for years to come.

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This is the time to celebrate not just LGBTQ pride, but also cannabis pride as well.  Whether you are a trans female who enjoys smoking joints or a gay masculine man who is an avid dabber, every audience of the LGBTQ community should enjoy some cannabis.  Cannabis touches all colors of the psychedelic rainbow.

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High Times PR Nightmare #420


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Another year, another 4/20 celebration has come and gone.  It was a great weekend to celebrate cannabis use here in the United States.  Recreational dispensaries are in full swing to open this summer here in Massachusetts, so there is a lot to be excited about this year.  Its only a matter of time before Massachusetts catches up with the other legal states.

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Even still, the legal states have been facing their share of problems over the years.  Legality issues have only been causing more roadblocks for the thriving cannabis industry here in the United States.  One incident sparked a PR nightmare involving a High Times event in San Bernardino.

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By a vote of 6-0, San Bernardino City Council denied High Times’ application. The High Times Cannabis Cup was not allowed any sales of cannabis products during the three-day event.  Participants were able to consume cannabis at the event, but they weren’t able to purchase any of it from the vendors.  Per order of the California Board of Cannabis Control, local governments had to approve events two months in advance.  Only problem was that San Bernardino never had a system to issue such permits until earlier in April.  This last-minute move only angered many participants.

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Due to this sudden change, High Times offered the option to refund your ticket.  Tickets ranged from $60-$420 for those that wanted a refund.  It was definitely a smart PR move of High Times to satisfy those who were looking to purchase cannabis at the event.

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Ironically enough, legalization of recreational cannabis has only made it MORE difficult for High Times to hold the Cannabis Cup.  Cannabis is fully legal in California, but businesses have little to no system put in place to hold public events.  It’s a shocking PR nightmare that highlighted the amount of work cannabis businesses still have.

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This wasn’t the first PR nightmare High Times had to deal with when planning an event.  High Times ran into a problem last year in Las Vegas when they held the event on Native American land (more on that previous PR nightmare here).  Even in the face of legal cannabis, businesses like High Times are finding it hard to promote cannabis products at their events.  It doesn’t have to do with the fact that cannabis is illegal; rather, the problem lies in the fact that many businesses do not have set plans for how to carry out events like the Cannabis Cup.

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So the good news is this – recreational cannabis sales are legal in California.  Bad news is that there is still so much work to be done in allowing businesses to sell cannabis products in major events.  We have fought long and hard to allow cannabis to be sold recreationally, yet there are still many legality roadblocks we have to push through.

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California was able to make recreational cannabis shops legal and they can definitely work to allow cannabis products to be sold at The High Times Cannabis Cup.  All it takes is just a little more creativity and they can finally feature products in other events.

For now, we have a lot of work to get through in order to prevent companies like High Times from running into more political PR nightmares.

Nipton, CA by Delta International Oil & Gas


Well folks, looks like there is some troubling news to share.  Remember the PR miracle about the ghost town of Nipton, California that was supposed to be made into a pot paradise?  If you didn’t read that story, you can catch up on it here.

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For those who remember the story from back in January, its unfortunate to say that things took a drastic change in ownership.  Cannabis technology company American Green Inc. sold the land to another company for a deal worth $7.7 million.  American Green Inc. struggled to raise enough money necessary to rejuvenate the old desert town.  Instead, the town was sold to Delta International Oil & Gas, an independent oil and gas company based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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But not all hope is lost — selling the property of Nipton includes the provision that it will continue its business plan to transform the ghost town into a thriving cannabis oasis.  Even with this shift in ownership, American Green signed a contract to continue developing the town for the next 5-10 years.  Maybe this project won’t go up in smoke after all.

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This move may come as a shock to many, but maybe this PR miracle can still happen.  American Green Inc. still has ties to the land, meaning they are still obligated to work on the project they were set out to complete.  If the two companies work together on their personal agenda for the ghost town, then we could still create a thriving pot paradise for Nipton.

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Nipton is a small abandoned town that sits on the edge of the Mojave Desert.  Since nothing has been operating within the town, there is a lot of opportunity for rejuvenation.  Businesses can spruce it up into be another attraction for the state of California.  Only then will tourists stop by Nipton during their visit to The Golden State.

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In the end, the shocking business move from American Green Inc. doesn’t prove to be all that bad.  Delta International Oil & Gas can work with American Green Inc. to create something truly amazing for the ghost town of Nipton.  Nipton can thrive again through the green rush happening in the west coast.  All we can hope now is that it doesn’t pan out to be a horrifying PR nightmare.

Give Jobs, Not Spare Change


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Homelessness is a widespread problem around various cities in America.  Hundreds of thousands of homeless people wander among the streets searching for place to crash.  It has been an on-going problem for decades, especially in the state of California.

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More than a quarter of the homeless population in America currently live in California.  Out of all of the major cities in California, Los Angeles is the epicenter of the homeless crisis.  Even with more programs implemented, the homeless population continues to be on the rise.  San Diego is changing the game with their unique work program.

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The Alpha Project for the Homeless is a non-profit organization that runs on 3737 Fifth Avenue in San Diego.  They hire homeless people for a new work program where they help clean the downtown area.  At the same time, they are also helping the homeless get back on their feet.

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It’s a pretty simple process – a van comes around to pick up workers at a specific location.  Workers are paid $11.50 an hour cleaning up trash around the streets.  They work all day cleaning up the streets and receive their pay after the job is finished for the day.  Similar programs like The Alpha Project already exist in other cities such as Chicago, Denver, Portland, Austin, and even Seattle.

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This is a WIN-WIN situation for both parties – homeless people get paid $11.50 an hour cleaning up the streets of San Diego (all while feeling good about their productivity) and San Diego ends up looking a lot cleaner in the process.  After laying around in the temporary shelter doing nothing for a while, getting outside to clean up the streets will spur some motivation in these employees.  It’s a simple job for people who need that push back into reality.

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There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes like this: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.  In this scenario, we are teaching homeless people how to fish rather than giving them a fish.  Giving them money may help them for the day but giving them a JOB will help them for a lifetime.  Rather than solve the long-term problem with a short-term solution, we should just figure out the long-term problem instead.

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Organizations like The Alpha Project for the Homeless help teach a man to fish rather than giving them a fish.  In this sense, the homeless people are learning how to take care of themselves rather than have people assist them through basic tasks.  They need to get their pride and dignity back in order to become a more productive member of society.

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In the end, San Diego is going above and beyond the call of duty in taking care of the homeless.  Homeless people need a productive job rather than another quarter thrown into their cup.  Providing them with a job to clean up the streets (or any job for that matter!) will spur up that spark of pride and dignity they lost earlier.  Cities like Boston or Salem should take note of this interesting project if they want to deal with the homeless crisis the right way.

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Productive jobs, not free money, will help eradicate the homeless crisis.  You have to teach a man to fish not give them a fish.

California’s HIGH GDP Growth PR Miracle


Happy Monday readers!  We’re almost half-way through February, with the last few weeks of winter coming our way.  It won’t be long now before we get outside more and watch the green grass growing.

Speaking of grass, it’s time to start the week with yet ANOTHER 4/20 topic!

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Each state here in the country brings in a certain amount of Gross Domestic Products (or GDP) every year.  Gross Domestic Product is the monetary measure of market value of all final goods and services produced during each period of time.  Usually the measurement is a quarterly or yearly rate.  This measurement doesn’t reflect differences in inflation rates of cost of living within each county.

Every year, each state is ranked based on how much profit is being fueled into the economic system.  The data is compiled together to determine which state has the highest Gross Domestic Product.

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The numbers are in…the state with the HIGHEST GDP (again!) is…California.

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That’s right people – California currently has the highest GDP in the nation.  California brings in the most profits for the nation’s economic system.

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How high is California’s GDP?  California’s economy is SO big that it is ranked the 6th largest in the world.  The Golden State is making twice as much as New York City every year.  Over a third of the GDP is produced within the Los Angeles and Orange counties (which isn’t surprising being that this is where the entertainment capital is located!).

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Ok…at this point, you’re probably wondering what ANY of this has to do with the 4/20 community.  Let me explain – California leads as the state with the most exported products within the nation.  They produce the most goods and services for their audiences; not only that, but they ship those goods all across the states.  When California’s economy grows, so do the surrounding states as well.  It’s as if the United States was tied together under this secure web that was bundled together by the state of California.

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With cannabis being legal since January, California’s GDP will only grow that much higher.  What’s also intriguing about California’s economic PR miracle is that it will benefit the other 49 states as well.  California’s GDP boom will help through:

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  • Exportation – With so much cannabis products being manufactured within California, there is such a large demand from the audiences; other than Californian citizens, citizens from other states want the product as well. California has always been a leader of exportation and adding cannabis products/services to the list would be tremendous help.  States (mostly the 4/20 friendly ones!) will be able to sell high-quality cannabis goods that was made from California.  Many states still suffer from conservative laws that prevent high-scale manufactured cannabis goods from being made.  With California producing lots of cannabis products, many states will receive their slice of the pie by exporting their goods.

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  • Reputation – Being that California is already generating MILLIONS of dollars through cannabis, their economic reputation will surely be flourishing. That economic boom will echo all across the nation, making waves for years to come.  This PR miracle will start conniving other states to go to pot (LITERALLY!) for more funding.  That funding could help states with improving roads, public schools, homelessness, and other social-economic problems they face.  California struck gold once again and audiences from all across the nation want to get in on this 21st century Gold Rush that is happening.

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And with that, California being the leader in Gross Domestic Product is definitely a great thing for the United States.  California will continue to export their high-quality cannabis goods across the nation and their economic boom will surely be a PR miracle to keep track of.  Each state (whether 4/20 legal or not) will benefit from California’s growing economy through cannabis products and goods.

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This is right here is what success looks like.  Boston should pay attention to economic PR ideas like this one if they are looking for GDP growth of their own.

 

If we want to figure out economic growth, we should stat from taking a page from The Golden State.