It turned out De Os was connected by a shared wall and ownership to Maya, a hemp products shop I wanted to video. Since everyone I asked had declined to be interviewed at De Os, I walked around the building till I came to the alluring front entrance of Maya. Ah — by then the management had sniffed out cannabis-commerce.com . . . and now they had a lot to say!
I’m embarrassed to tell you how weak my video came out for the Amsterdam portion of the expedition. Why is this video barely viewable, after all the superb stuff we shot in Leeuwarden? Warning; this is our worst video ever. It’s here because it captures the gloomy mood just days before cannabis tourism was banned.
Civil disobedience at its finest was on display as 25,000 legalization fanatics made their feelings known in one collective inhale as the clock struck 420 RMT. While the immediate atmosphere became a mite cloudy, the leanings of the packed, enthusiastic crowd were crystal clear: we want legalization, and we want it now.
The Cannabis Commerce cinema verité tour of Denver dispensaries kicked off this week, with visits to a couple of our favorite shops. Details of Colorado HB 1284, calling for greater scrutiny of dispensaries, were released the day before filming began. The industry was a little staggered by it all. But the show must go on.
Recent Brown economics major Max Chaiken’s senior thesis, The Other Green Economy, contributes vision, open-mindedness, and compulsion to the pastime of seeking cannatax. It predicts a whopping $212 billion’s worth, which ruffles the feathers of more experienced economists.
CU Regents backed off threats to police 420 activities on campus, the weather cooperated, and once again legalization opponents were left scratching their heads as over 10,000 proponents lit up as one organism.
Harvard professor Jeff Miron is the media’s go-to guy for cannatax quotes. The Miron Report is the mother of all poteconomics papers. Curiously, the author remains entirely detached from his subject. For Miron, weed is “just another boring agricultural thing.” He defends his conservative estimate like it’s the Alamo. Then why do we like him so much?
Even though wandering past dispensary booths with nothing to gawk at but business cards was like visiting a brothel without hookers, it was nonetheless a perfect occasion for Cannabis Commerce to unveil its first live video.