Jhill and Chuck P., co-hosts of Charlotte’s popular Stay Ready Podcast, are our guests on the Carolina Cannabis News Podcast this week. (A portion of this podcast was aired live via the Stay Ready Podcast Instagram account.)

Jhill was kind enough to invite me, as CCN publisher, to be a guest on the Stay Ready Podcast last fall. If you continue listening after that show, you can hear him talk about his run in with the Pineville Police.

His court hearings on that — both for his resisting arrest charge and his lawsuit agains the Pineville Police department — are coming up soon. But here’s the real problem: It appears that Jhill was arrested for working while Black.

As we’ve discussed many times on this website — and even in my previous work, the playing field for cannabis is not level.

An excerpt:

Baumgartner, whose book Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race [was published in 2018], said his analysis of the data “pretty much validated the concerns that motivated the legislation. African-American and Hispanic drivers are significantly more likely to be pulled over; about twice as likely compared to white drivers. And when they are pulled over, they are twice as likely — statewide — to be searched.”

In Charlotte, Bumgartner said, the odds of a search during a traffic stop are 20 percent. That’s compared to 3 percent statewide.

That book, and the data in it, was created right here in North Carolina.

What Jhill experienced isn’t new-news, but I do think that it’s important to listen to him explain his experience and his feelings surrounding it.

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We also discuss a regular poetry meet up in the Charlotte area, I try to relate by sharing my own sad story, I urge Jhill to read Howard Zinn‘s A People’s History of the United States and we talk about, while the system is rigged, North Carolina has quite a few African American’s who are making waves in the hemp and CBD industry.

We also smoke several blunts (thanks, guys!), enjoy a lunch made by my husband and have some fun talking about running down the KKK in the popular game Red Dead Redemption 2. (Seriously, watch this.)

All in all, we just talk. While we discuss important issues, we don’t solve any major problems. But, you know, sometimes it’s okay to just fellowship and break bread.

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

Editor & Publisher

Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.