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Fake Unions & Real Petals
Plus: Lonely Hearts it is!
Monday, November 6, 2023
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Based on the Lonely Hearts poll from last week, it looks like there are enough readers looking for extra hands/clients/collaborators to merit another round before the holidays hit. So, we’re doing it! However, in order to foster connections in time to actually help this season, it’s coming fast: next Friday, 11/17.
Originally created as a Valentine’s-themed dispatch to help readers connect with one another, the Lonely Hearts Board for Cannabis Entrepreneurs has become a special fixture within this newsletter’s community. The Board is open to all to post and all to read and share, no paid subscription required.
A few of the connections birthed from the board over the years:
This cool pipe came into existence through a post from a designer wanting more work in the weed world.
Brands have found creative directors and brand strategists they needed to execute well-timed rebrands/zhuzhed-up launches.
Two PR whizzes were able to go out on their own by working with a couple of clients they met through the Board.
New Rituals was able to secure sponsors for a cool, cannabis-centric wellness event last 4/20.
More than one content creator has posted their specialties and preferred platforms and received numerous responses.
To join in the fun, simply send a short description of who you are and the service/collaborator you seek/offer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Lonely Hearts” in the subject line. You can check out past Boards for a sense of how it works, and don’t sweat the exact phrasing of your post too much—I’ll smooth and sweeten it as needed. Let’s aim to get all posts submitted by the end of Tuesday, 11/14.
Until then, here are a few news updates & lifestyle goodies on my mind this week.
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One-Hitters: Cannabis News at a Glance
If you work for a company in cannabis, and the UAW union win has stirred interest in unionizing, you aren’t alone. In an industry without established standards and fraught with young businesses and demanding work environments, unions are seeing a lot of success with cannabis workers. So much success that some companies are creating fake unions to covertly distract employees from joining an authentic one.
Georgia’s Court of Appeals ruled to allow hemp-derived cannabinoids to continue to be sold per the Farm Bill freedoms rather than as a controlled substance like cannabis. In Virginia, on the other hand, officials are doubling down on strict regulation of hemp-derived THC.
A hype new cannabis-centric nail op has arisen in the Bay Area. Stoner Baby Nails offers “4/20 Friendly Homebased Gel-X Nail Services,” and she’s currently curating medicated spa parties that feature manis, flash tattoos, tooth gems, and other wellness activities in an intimate, cannabis-friendly environment. The next spa party is this Sunday, November 12, and if you bring non-perishable or canned food to donate, you’ll save $5 on any service.
In Detroit, Michigan, the Apotheculture Club will throw a next-level holiday soiree on Saturday, December 18, that starts with an infused multicourse menu from Chef Sunflower, a.k.a. Lucky Pistil, and ends with a viewing of the Holiday Cabaret at Detroit Public Theatre.
I’m sharing these incredible illustrations of the adventures of a weed-fueled skeleton cowboy by Paul Kirchner, just in case you’ve missed his Dope Rider comic strips in High Times, too.
High Finds: Lifestyle Goods I Like
Since I’ve cut back on bong time the past year, I’ve found myself popping a small pipe in most purses and pouches. The soothing shape of this ceramic piece by Green Mude has kept it in regular rotation.
Another piece I’d add to my personal 2023 gift guide: a cannabis leaf signet ring from the MR NICE x Hoops & Chains LDN collab. 18k gold-plated stainless steel, available in M and XL sizes.
I am thrilled to report there is a rose-centric wrap company making the City of Roses proud. Royal Rose PDX makes delicate, aromatic rose petal wraps by hand, far more petal-like than most I’ve sampled. A dried stem is even included with the pre-rolled cones to use as a joint packer.
‘Til the next garden sesh,