This Thanksgiving we at Carolina Cannabis News wish to thank YOU, our readers, for your support.
This cannabis-focused regional news organization isn’t even three months old yet, we face some special challenges online because of the ‘c-word’ and still we’re doing great! And it’s all because of y’all. So, thank you for welcoming us into this space, thank you for reading, liking, sharing and commenting — it all counts.
And a special thank you to Turkeyman27, Amye, Elizabeth and Sophia for their support via Patreon, and to our corporate sponsors — Mitty’s CBD Cafe, My Green Room, Franny’s Farmacy and Hempleton Investment Group. You all give us hope that we will succeed in our efforts to bring the people of the Carolinas up-to-date cannabis news as we cover the end of prohibition in North and South Carolina.
As a thank you gift, we created a special podcast to help you speed around the cannabis learning curve. We’ve taken snippets from our first five podcast episodes and spliced them together to help you get up to speed, and you’re going to want to do that because it looks like North Carolina might have another cannabis bill filed as soon as Monday when the N.C. General Assembly reconvenes.
Here’s what to expect in this podcast episode:
- N.C. state Rep. Kelly Alexander, Jr. (D-107, Charlotte) explains why he’s been filing cannabis reform bills in the NCGA for a decade even though those bills get stuck in committee every time.
- Nicole Burnette, of Queen Hemp Company, offers a hemp history lesson and an overview of why cannabis is prohibited in the first place. (Spoiler alert: It’s due to politics, not public health concerns.)
- Amy King, an international cannabis activist with Delta9 Mexico and FAAAT, offers the lowdown on international cannabis policy and explains why you need to pay close attention right now. The United Nations, via the World Health Organization, has completed its cannabis review and will make an announcement in early December. A once-in-a-lifetime international policy change is on the horizon, anticipated in March 2019.
- Joellyn Evans, owner of My Green Room in Rutherfordton, N.C., talks about life as a hemp-store owner in small town North Carolina.
- Blake Butler, executive director of the N.C. Industrial Hemp Association, offers some insight into the federal Farm Bill and North Carolina policy changes and predicts that allowable THC levels are about to be toggled down, a move that could threaten some already established hemp farmers. He also explains why hemp farmers don’t have access to crop insurance, making life even more difficult for farmers like Brad Adams who lost everything during Hurricane Florence. Butler also invites everyone to the NCIHA’s annual meeting in December and explains why you should avoid cheap vape pens.
We would also invite you to ‘just listen’ to North Carolina veterans as they explain why they believe cannabis prohibition should end.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
Side note: We’d also like to thank Podbean for being our podcast host. We began with another company and recently switched to Podbean and find that it’s much more user friendly. So, hopefully you will now be able to find the Carolina Cannabis News podcast in the podcast player of your choice.
If you don’t, let us know.
BY Rhiannon Fionn
Editor & Publisher
Rhiannon Fionn is an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C.