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California’s Pornographic Victory Against Prop 60

Even in the darkest of times, there are always silver linings propping up in every corner.  Our new President isn’t what we had in mind, but we managed to legalize recreational cannabis use in 1/5th of the country.  California became the most recent state on the west coast to legalize cannabis use.  Cannabis has always been part of a counter-culture in the state of California, with the Golden State becoming a safe haven for weed users (more on this special subject next week!).  It seems as though victory has been declared for both cannabis as well as the pornography industry in the state of California.

One other controversial bill that was part of California’s election was Proposition 60, the Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative.  Condoms are already required on adult film shoots by California law, but the rule is rarely enforced.  The proposition would’ve strengthen the rule with private entities taking further action against studios that violate the law.  Voting “Yes” would’ve required the use of condoms and other safety measurements while filming.  This measure also would’ve required producers to pay for certain health requirements/check-ups.  A “no” vote would oppose the measures of Proposition 60.  By a tally of about 53.94%, Californians voted “no” down the controversial proposition.

Before we can dive into more perspectives about Proposition 60, we need to understand California’s liberal history with pornography.  A majority of pornography made in America is in Chatsworth, a neighborhood located northwest of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.  Adult film companies moved their filming location to San Fernando Valley after director Hal Freeman made Caught From Behind II: The Sequel in 1983.  The LAPD found the idea of a sequel offensive, so Freeman was arrested on five counts of pandering (i.e., pimping).  Filming has now been set in San Fernando Valley, San Francisco, and other areas of southern California.

Many adult film starts spoke out against Proposition 60.  Jesse Jackman grew up in Boston and works as a senior engineer.  After his 38th birthday, he was connected to San-Francisco-based gay porn studio TitanMen through his friend Roman Wright.  He shot his first scene with Hunter Marx in the film Surveillance in 2012.  Jackman currently lives with his partner Dirk Caber.

Jesse Jackman recently contributed an article to the Huffington Post about his stance on the initiative.  Jackman stated that he DOES use condoms in all of his films, but still voted the idea down.  He also made a point that condom-less porn (bareback sex) outsells condom porn.  The potential for lost revenue could’ve drove a majority of studios out of the state.  Other performers that spoke out against Proposition 60 were Chanel Preston, Eric Leue (Executive Director of The Free Speech Coalition), Jack Hammer XL, Sister Roma (Art Director for NakedSword/Falcon Studios Group), Siouxie Q (adult film performer/activist/writer), and many other employees of the pornography 

On the business front, Proposition 60 would’ve created a SERIOUS blow to the pornography industry in California.  The adult film industry generates tens of billions of dollars into California’s economy.  Legalizing this proposition would’ve endangered many pornographic brands over condom use in the studios.  Bareback sex (anal/oral sex without condoms) is one of the most popular search categories in pornography.

Adult film stars have also remarked some problems with using condoms in the studio.  Performers spend hours during each shoot and the friction from condoms can cause rashes at times.  It seems as though wearing condoms while performing has been hurting adult film stars rather than keep them safe.  So not only would more condoms hurt the adult film business, but it would cause more performers to leave the industry.

There seems to be a major issue of shame within the pornography industry.  Adult film stars are shamed by friends/family for working in such a risky business.  Proposition 60 would’ve created more shame among employees.  Pornography has always been just another form of entertainment, so why is there so much shame over this industry?  Graphic violence is always depicted in TV series/movies, yet there’s more shame in watching graphic sexual content.

Proposition 60 seems to be a metaphor for how America looked down upon sex and praised violence.  Performers like Jesse Jackman Eric Leue may have been performing for years, but they have always been strongly educated about sexual health.  Maybe it’s time that we better educated ourselves on sexual health rather than having health officials tell us what is safe.  Maslow’s hierarchy of needs shows that sex is one of our physiological needs that is essential for survival.  If sex is so essential, then why do we become so taboo about it?

In the end, Proposition 60 was more than just about requiring performers to always use condoms.  Proposition 60 would’ve created heavy restrictions that caused employees of the adult film industry to flee from California.  Billions of dollars would’ve been lost had Proposition 60 been set in stone.  Entertainment comes in all forms (including pornography!) and we must work hard to protect it.  Performers have showed America that the adult film business will reign strong in the state of California.


My CBD Experience at The Hempest

Yesterday I took a stroll through Newbury street in Boston.  Newbury and Boylston street are my favorite areas because of their shops and delicious restaurants.  One of my favorite stores on Newbury street is The Hempest, a Boston-based clothing store selling products made of hemp.  From T-shirts to belts, every article of clothing was made from organic hemp material.

Other than hemp clothing, The Hempest sells water pipes and grinders for tobacco or cannabis use (Boston is a 4/20-friendly state even though it’s considered illegal in the state of MA).  The Hempest provides a wide range of pipes, bongs, hemp wick, rolling paper, grinders, and other cannabis accessories.  I have seen this stuff when visiting the shop earlier, but they have expanded their product lines since expanding to a two-floor shop in the recent years.  What really caught my eyes were the line of products that contained CBD oil.

While browsing around the shop, I talked with the employees about the kinds of CBD oil products that they sold.  One woman handed me a basket of vials that contains 100mg of pure CBD oil within each one.  Each vial costs $40 and can be inserted into your vaporizer.  Not only did they sell vials, but they also provide the whole kit that you use to consume the oil.  The personal kits contain a vaporizer pen, a battery, and a charger for when your battery dies.  I thanked her for letting me view some of the products and left the shop feeling intrigued.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over 113 active cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant.  It makes up 40% of the plant’s extract, containing a wide scope of medical benefits.  Cannabidiol can be treated for a wide range of medical issues such as pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea, anxiety, depression, Crohn’s disease, and many other health problems.  Unlike the popular chemical Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive chemical found in cannabis.  Users cannot get ‘high’ from consuming too much cannabidiol because of it’s non-psychoactive effects.  What’s surprising is that even with little knowledge surrounding cannabidiol, CBD is considered legal medicine in the United States.  Massachusetts is one of many states that openly sells CBD-infused products because it doesn’t contain any psychoactive effects after consumption.  With all of the news surrounding the surprising benefits of CBD, many opponents are starting to shift towards legalizing cannabis due to these groundbreaking findings.

What could the rise of CBD-infused products hold for the cannabis industry?  Could CBD be the secret key to unlocking the new perceptions of cannabis in society?  Would this market strategy be the route to successfully legalizing recreational cannabis in the state of Massachusetts?  This strategy seems to be working well because many consumers are being positively informed about the benefits of CBD oils.  Not only is the rising demand of CBD-infused products causing people to second-guess the ideas of cannabis prohibition, but it’s also segmenting society into a new business containing unique product lines for that niche target audience.

This field trip really got me thinking about the pot-friendly accessories being sold around Boston.  While recreational cannabis is illegal to purchase in MA (except if you have an MMJ card), CBD oil is available around various stores in the Boston area.  And with question 4 being on the ballot this year, I have noticed a stronger push for the cannabis industry to make waves in Massachusetts.  Whatever stance wins on November 8th, CBD is becoming the hip new chemical that people are looking for in cannabis.  Consumers have been shopping for cannabis flowers containing lower THC levels these days because they want to have a satisfying experience after consumption.  Flowers with low THC levels and CBD products could be the quintessential product strategy that could cause the wind to steer the ship towards a new adventure in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Legalization + Other Industries = WIN-WIN

We only have three weeks left until election day and Wednesday night is the final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Not only will we be getting a new president this year, but we will have some interesting proposals to answer.  Last Friday I talked about question 1, which deals with a new hotel and gaming facility in Massachusetts.  Another unique proposal is question 4, the idea to legalize cannabis.

Cannabis legalization is an idea that is currently on the ballot for this year.  2016 could be the year where adults 21 and over will able to use cannabis for recreational purposes in the state of Massachusetts.  Other states that have similar proposals are California, Maine, Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas.  This could also be the pinnacle year where cannabis use is legal in 1/5 of the states in America.

When cannabis legalization would be set in motion, licenses are granted to start recreational dispensary shops around the area.  It will take a while for these regulations to be put in place, but the profits will start flowing soon.  Other than the cannabis industry, what other industries could benefit from cannabis legalization?  What kind of positive impact would be made for other industries for the state of Massachusetts?

To answer these burning questions, I decided to connect the dots between cannabis legalizations and specific industries of the United States.  Like tracing lines to the right path in The Witness, I traced paths in my mind when brainstorming this interesting question.  I challenged myself to look deeper in how more revenue could be generated through legalized cannabis.  Listed below are a few industries that could benefit from this idea:


Legalized cannabis would mean a new wave of tourists flocking to the Bay State to get a taste of some Boston Kush.  Boston is one of many popular cities in America and legalized cannabis would bring more publicity from all walks of life.  These tourists will want to stay at a hotel for a few nights will venturing around Beantown.  Since cannabis use would be prohibited in public, hotels would have to be 4/20-friendly to attract that niche audience.  With the competition rising, many hotels could be pressured to being 4/20-friendly in order to increase profits and gain better publicity as a business.

Other than registering hotels as being 4/20-friendly, 4/20 tours would be created for people who are new to this groundbreaking idea.  A 4/20 tour would take participants through a series of destinations to learn where to find cannabis, how it’s grown, and what products they can choose from.  It would be a pretty costly tour that could go for about $50-$200, but Boston attracts a handful of upper middle class/upper class citizens that would be able to pay for this tour. 4/20 tours and 4/20-friendly hotels would be the key to raking in profits for the lodging/tourism industry.

Restaurant/Drinking Establishment

After you and your friends finish off that joint, you will start to get the munchies soon.  Boston has plenty of restaurants for people looking to satisfy their munchies craving.  From fresh seafood to Thai noodle bowls, there’s some type of food for everyone to enjoy.  If you are in the mood for Italian, how about taking a stroll through the North End?  In the mood for some Chinese?  Wander around Boston’s Chinatown district for some Kung Pao Chicken.

For those looking to satisfy their munchies with some good-old fashion comfort food, I recommend grabbing a burger at Boston Burger Company.  Boston Burger Company currently has locations in Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.  One entrée that is sure to satisfy your munchies craving is the 420 Burger.  The 420 Burger consists of mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fried mac & cheese, fries, bacon, golden bbq sauce, and American cheese.  It’s one big order that’ll be sure to fill you up!

Wedding Industry

It’s that special day you have been waiting for your whole life – you’re about to marry the one person you love so much.  From the color flowers for the table to where your uncle Larry will be sitting during the reception, weddings take up a lot of time in order to plan your special moment with your partner.  Wedding planners come in handy when you’re having a big celebration and you have too much on your plate.

Since weddings involve lots of flowers, why not provide flowers for guests to smoke?  4/20 weddings have become a popular trend since cannabis legalization happened in other states.  If you and your partner want to have a 4/20-themed wedding, your wedding planner would be more than happy to accommodate you on your ideas for the event.  Whether it is pre-rolled joints or cannabis-infused edibles with low THC content, you get to decide how your theme will play out on your special.

Oh, did I happen to mention that gay marriage has been legal since 2004?  Massachusetts became the first state in the United State to recognize same-sex marriages.  Men and women have flocked to Massachusetts to marry their partner because their state didn’t allow for it (fyi, same-sex marriage has been legalized at the federal level since June 2015).  Provincetown is not only a popular summer vacation spot, but it’s also a popular wedding destination.  What could be better than marrying the partner that you love so much? A 4/20-themed wedding on the beautiful beach of Provincetown.  Wedding bells are ringing and the atmosphere will be clouded with a haze of cannabis smoke.

Advertising/Public Relations

The public relations professionals, advertisers, and marketers would be most responsible for raising awareness of the cannabis industry and keep audiences up to date with the latest 420 trends.  It isn’t enough to just open a dispensary in Boston and expect a huge line out the door; we need the brightest and most innovative people to get the word out through all media platforms.  We will need all of our Don Drapers, Olivia Popes, and Samantha Joneses of Boston to rally up our niche customers who would be interested in the product.  Agencies would work hard to snag clients within the cannabis industry to be the best of the best in their fields.  These figures are going to be the real pros in raising full awareness of the cannabis industry.