GO LIFE was created to highlight the true image of cannabis: The Good & The Bad.
We've reached the end of a show that I know has changed so many lives including my own. If you're a fan of Insecure, you probably shed a tear or two during the season 5 finale. It's not often we get to see Black people in their element, living life, bossing up, and just BEING! We got to see the stories of successful Black men and women navigate through life while also using cannabis to get through a few times.
Lawrence pulled up to Tiffany and Dereks baby shower with OG Kush as a gift for the new dad; Cannabis was incorporated into a self care day among friends that also included yoga, it was a short escape to take your mind off of a shitty breakup, and Kelli would mention taking edibles before almost every group trip the girls took!
It was honest, vulnerable, and funny as hell.
For so long Black television and film have almost always included some element of Black trauma as if that's the only thing we have going on. Don't get me wrong- we all know Black people have been through some shit, but it was nice to escape and see Black women and men living everyday life. As we all work to continue to improve the perception of cannabis use, seeing black successful professionals consume was a breath of fresh air and pushes the cannabis culture forward. Black successful women who smoke cannabis for self care day- Damn right!
The characters didn't come off as everyday users but they weren't afraid to roll up or have edibles when they felt it was necessary. The main character, Issa, even had a nice plug that worked in TSA who would bring over confiscated cannabis from the airport.
(If you're willing to risk flying with it, it better be some gas! Please don't travel with mids)
Molly, who is the main characters bestie had a fun edible experience with her boo at a friends going away party. They absolutely destroyed a lot of the food by the end of the night, but the edibles made it a night to remember nonetheless.
As new cannabis companies and brands start to emerge, we only hope to see cannabis progress legally and become less and less taboo to many who once thought it was from the devil himself. Major love to the cast and crew for creating a show that simply showed Black people just being people. A show that taught lessons, made us laugh, made us cry, and also so fun to get high and enjoy!
If you haven't seen the show I HIGHLY recommend you check it out on HBOMax!
Checkout some of our favorite cannabis clips from the show above!
Sha'Carri Richardson was headed to her first Olympics at the age of 21, but her dream of being a competitor in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics ended when she tested positive for THC after her victory on June 19. She said the stress of her biological mother's recent death combined with the pressure of preparing for trials led her to use cannabis.
"I know I can't hide myself, so in some type of way, I was trying to hide my pain," she said on NBC's "Today" show.
Some would say a 30 day suspension is fair if these are the rules of the game whereas others would say, "Who cares it's weed?" Stoned or not, Sha'Carri single handedly proved cannabis isn't always what slows you down or hinders you from becoming a Champion unless it's based off of someone judging you for using it.
This is also a situation where cannabis was consumed in a state where it's perfectly legal to do so- Oregon.
Olympic Champion Michael Phelps received a three-month suspension from competition and lost his Kellogg sponsorship in 2009 after a photograph surfaced online showing the most decorated Olympian of all time ripping a bong. (Difference here: he got caught being seen with it and Richardson tested positive for it-both still use it)
The photograph was taken at a party six months after the 2008 Olympics; His suspension ended in time for the 2009 World Championships.
Richardson received a 30 day suspension which eliminated her from competing in the Tokyo 100. Her 30-day suspension will end before the start of the relays on Aug. 5, which left open the possibility she could win a medal as part of the 4x100 relay team.
The USATF released the roster for the relay team on July 6th but Sha'Carri was not listed. The federation had two discretionary picks beyond the top four finishers in the 100-meter final at trials, but chose not to offer a spot to the 21-year-old sprinter, who was expected to challenge for Olympic gold.
It's no secret how the War On Drugs has effected Black and Brown communities across the country. Shortly after The Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937, Black and Brown people made up 78% of the cannabis arrests in New York City alone.
Mayor LaGuardia, of New York, decided to appoint a committee to conduct official research on the effects of cannabis use in adults in 1939. Despite the LaGuardia Report basically stating that cannabis doesn’t cause people to commit crimes, act unruly, or leads to use of other drugs, cannabis continued to be presented in a negative light to the public by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics Commissioner, Harry Anslinger.
While Cannabis was taking a hard hit in the media, jazz was becoming more and more popular among mixed crowds. This was not something Anslinger liked and the crackdown began on Jazz musicians.
A number of musicians openly sang and spoke about their love for the plant. This also made them even easier targets to be scrutinized and/or arrested for consuming cannabis. Louis Armstrong was arrested right outside of the CottonClub for smoking a joint. Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington are among other musicians who were harassed for their cannabis consumption.
Many say that the War On Drugs was never really about the plant but more so a way to control society. Cannabis wouldn’t reach its new era to leave its mark on until the 70’s when hippies became the new wave.
Here are a list of Cannabis Documentaries that talk about this era and more:
-Grass Is Greener (Netflix)
-Smoke: Marijuana & Black America (BET)
-Weed The People
-Clearing The Smoke: The Science of Cannabis
Cannabis has been said to have amazing effects but who knew love could be one of them. We stopped in to chat with this amazing cannabis couple about the role cannabis has played in their relationship. Troy and Tiny both work in the cannabis industry but met way back in high school.
When the two decided it was time to make things legally official a cannabis themed wedding shoot was a must. The photos capture the bond the two of them share and their love for the plant.
Interviewer: When did you 2 meet?
They both look at each other and calculate in their mind, “2009.”
Interviewer: Was it love at first smoke or did you have to warm up to that part?
Troy: I smoked back then but I hid it from her in the beginning. We actually met in 2009, broke up and got back together in 2018 and that’s when we both discovered we smoked but didn’t tell each other.
Tiny: Yeah, one day he was like, I’m going to take a dab I’ll be back, and I’m like wait I like dabs too.
Interviewer: I bet it was over after that!
Tiny: Pretty much
Interviewer: What are your favorite strains?
Troy: Pineapple Express and Blue Dream
Tiny: Ophelia and Face Mints
Interviewer: Any shared favorites?
Tiny: 2 strains in Michigan, Mac 5 and Black Lime Reserve
The couple frequently likes to visit their cannabis haven at the lake house in Michigan. One of their favorite things to do together while under the influence is watch movies; Mexican food for Troy and fruit loops for Tiny is all it takes to put a smile on their faces when they're together.
Photographer: Joe Alderman
The War On Drugs continues to play a role in the cannabis space everyday. From the way cannabis is policed, down to the harsh sentencing men and women have received for simply possessing cannabis. Organizations like The Last Prisoner Project is utilizing a three-pronged approach to securing full freedom for the communities they serve. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns the Last Prisoner Project works to redress the past and continuing harms of these unjust laws and policies.
The Last Prisoner Project was founded out of the belief that if anyone is able to profit and build wealth in the legal cannabis industry, those individuals must also work to release and rebuild the lives of those who have suffered from cannabis criminalization.
Michael Thompson is serving a de facto life sentence in the now legalized state of Michigan for selling 3 pounds of marijuana to a police informant. During the 25 years he has spent imprisoned, his father, mother, and his only son have died. His mother’s final wish was that Thompson wouldn’t die in prison. He continues to fight for clemency from the Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Anthony Kelly, 46, has served 20 years for his alleged involvement in a sale of barely an ounce of cannabis. Due to two prior possession charges, under Louisiana's harsh three strikes law Anthony is serving life without the possibility of parole. When Anthony was arrested, his girlfriend was pregnant with his first child, she is now 20 years old. Anthony fights for clemency so that he can be reunited with his family.
Faith Winslow was arrested in the Fall of 2008 for making $5 commission for delivering $20 worth of weed. The man he was delivering weed to was an undercover cop and when asked why Faith Vincent Winslow agreed to deliver $20 worth of weed he said because he wanted to use the $5 commission to buy food. Three months later, Winslow was found guilty of selling a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance. Another three months and the sentence lands: life imprisonment at hard labor with no chance for parole. Winslow will now die in prison for being tricked into selling $20.00 worth of weed to a plain clothed undercover cop in Louisiana, the world’s prison capital.
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After losing the ability to use his legs at a young age, Michael discovered the therapeutic benefits of cannabis. He was arrested for importing marijuana from Canada to the US and because of two prior marijuana charges, received life in prison without parole. While continuing to fight for his freedom through clemency petitions, Michael is also a self-taught artist.
John was convicted for importing cannabis in the 70's and 80's. The sentencing judge even admitted the crimes he was arrested for were victimless. John has served twenty three years of a life sentence and continues to seek clemency.
Like many people serving egregiously long sentences for marijuana, Parker Coleman is the victim of America’s conspiracy laws, where it takes no actual evidence to get a conviction, just the testimony of others who are “cooperating” in order to avoid prison time. Parker himself was never caught with any marijuana.
On Halloween 2015, Nick, who was 23 at the time suffered a massive heart attack due to contracting the West Nile Virus 2 weeks prior. Nick died that day, but his mom and dad performed CPR on him right away until the ambulance came. When the paramedics arrived they shocked his heart, however Nick's lungs were filling with fluid which caused a lack of oxygen to his brain causing Nick to have a permanent Anoxic Brain injury.
Nick is now wheelchair bound and can't speak, but he's truly a miracle. His parents were told he would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life but that didn't happen. Nick is his own man in his own way and he communicates to his mom all the time. Nicks parents are now his full-time caregivers and as they move through this "new normal" they are learning so many new things.
Nick has seizures and this is what led them to the medical cannabis dispensary.
"It was trial and error to find what would be best for Nick since his options are lessened due to being fed through a gastric tube (G-tube.)" -Lisa (Nicks Mother)
Lisa discovered that Nick responds well to 1:1 (CBD:THC) Gummies which are dissolved and placed into his stomach through his G-tube. "The staff was so helpful and willing to learn about Nick's needs which was a welcomed and wonderful gift; We all learned together and we keep learning to find ways to lessen the anxiety that is a byproduct of Nick's brain injury."
"To be embraced by everyone at a medical cannabis dispensary has been a real gift and to have Nick be welcomed with open arms has really touched our hearts."
**Thank you Lisa for sharing Nicks story and allowing cannabis to be an option.**
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