The first important thing to understand is that I am by no means claiming to be an expert in the cultivation or business of cannabis. I'd also like to have many diverse and experienced opinions and ideas participating in this blog, so please don't be shy about contacting me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, reaching out through instagram at @Vermontijuana, or contacting me on reddit, where the username is..... /u/vermontijuana. I say this on the contact page: assume your electronic communications are being monitored and you'll never be disappointed!
Language: In conversation and occasional writing, I'll use the ubiquitous slang terms like 'weed' and 'pot', and really didn't understand the need to call it cannabis or marijuana. However, it occurred to me that using 'cannabis' was necessary for the activists who have been working on these issues for years and helping to change the public stigma and guide our public opinion to where we are today: on the magical precipice of legalizing and normalizing the use of cannabis in our culture.
I've met a few of these people briefly and know at least one of them very closely, but out of an abundance of sincere respect to them, I'll say cannabis to refer to the overall 'industry' (aggregation of potential applications/forms/variations) and marijuana to refer to the stuff that's being smoked, eaten, and rubbed (seriously...). Feel free to email me if you agree/disagree with me.
Privacy: I appreciate that not all people are comfortable being publicly affiliated with cannabis, especially before it's legal. I'm happy to offer anonymity to people and to speak on background and without attribution. That being said, I'd rather people speak publicly and openly, for trust of any readers, and to help normalize the discussion about
Purpose: Vermontijuana is a project that's always evolving, so I hesitate to define it as anything in particular, but the fact is that even though legalization in Vermont has not happened yet, it is happening. The earth is moving underneath our feet every time that we take a step forward through time.
As a young, local entrepreneur from Vermont, I feel compelled to seize the opportunities at hand: Yes, I want to benefit personally from starting these projects early and learning how to work in the cannabis industry. Yes, I want to contribute to the public discourse and base of knowledge by soliciting, curating, and sharing information from/with the public as these conversations unfold. These things are not mutually exclusive and with transparency of purpose, are in fact, complimentary.