As we, a gaggle of independent journalists, begin this adventure with Carolina Cannabis News we feel it’s important to acknowledge that this is a challenging time for all media makers in the United States of America.

 We want you to know we are of The People.

We are your neighbors and ourselves part of the #CannabisCommunity, full of questions and concerns, ideas and worries. And we feel it’s time for a deep-dive into the cannabis issue in the Carolinas.

On Aug. 16, 2018, editors and journalists across the nation pushed back against anti-Constitutional rhetoric that would have you believe a free press – historically a hallmark of democracy – is somehow bad, that journalists, like those writing for this publication, are “the enemy of the people.” That, by exercising our First Amendment rights and working to publish information of public interest, somehow we are anti-American and targeting the political elite.

That simply isn’t true; this type of propaganda is abnormal and concerning. I repeat: We, the journalists of Carolina Cannabis News, are of The People. We report for The People. We believe in transparency and truth and feel compelled to share what we learn as we dig into the issue of cannabis reform.

The American Press Institute describes the charge of the journalist as so: “The purpose of journalism is thus to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments.”

At CarolinaCannabisNews.com we take that a step further: We are civic journalists. That is to say that we value your voice as much as we value that of elected leaders and industry honchos. And we are going to encourage you to galvanize and get involved.

“The language of journalism is used for its highest purpose to reveal how the world works to its readers who are imagined not as consumers or market shares, but as citizens and members of communities.”

– Roy Peter Clark

At CarolinaCannabisNews.com we take that charge seriously. We are not here to advocate for any thing other than what we are promised in the U.S. Constitution: freedom. Freedom to investigate, freedom to report and freedom to publish what is necessary in our humble effort to correct the record on cannabis and to keep the record straight as the Carolinas transition through the end of prohibition and beyond, however everything shakes out.

Like you, we want quality information on all cannabis-related things. We intend to cut through fearmongering and misinformation. We want to be the first to know about new cannabis businesses, innovations and edibles. And we will work hard to bring you stories about cannabis reform from both the North and South Carolina General Assemblies, Congress, cannabis activists and social justice experts.

Like you, we want to know why cannabis reform bills get stuck in the North and South Carolina General Assemblies year after year after year. In North Carolina, bills have been introduced for more than a decade. Usually, those bills die in committee with no hearing, no expert witnesses and such dismissiveness from legislators that few will go on record with an opinion about cannabis.

We are interested to learn more about the cannabis industry from the mom’s making salves and brownies in their kitchens to the giant corporations everyone worries will swoop in and take over. And we are very interested in, and supportive of, Carolina hemp farmers who are working not only to revive a crop our country’s Founding Fathers grew on their own farms but to meet the demands of a now billion-dollar industry that is growing faster than most imagined.

We need to know if health claims are accurate, how hemp crops are tended and if they’re organic. We’re wondering if hemp helps or hurts the environment. We want to hear from doctors and scientists. We will bring expert voices to you on these topics and more in an effort to help you figure out who to trust in a time when too many are claiming to be experts in the fledgling cannabis industry.

We’re curious about cannabis culture, and we’re not allowing prohibition to stop of us. We’re teaming up with independent journalists in legal states who will bring you stories from the front lines of cannabis reality to help you decide if the grass is indeed greener.

We cannot cover cannabis reform without investigating how prohibition has impacted communities of color. And we stand ready to watchdog the system as decriminalization becomes reality and those once found guilty of using, possessing or selling the cannabis flower experience the relief and freedom that will come with an expunged record.

We, the professional journalists and media makers of CarolinaCannabisNews.com, invite you to join this journey with us. While our content is free creating it is expensive. You can support our efforts via Patreon.

BY Rhiannon Fionn

BY Rhiannon Fionn

Editor & Publisher

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

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