Jess Jones, or Jay, is a cannabis educator and advocate. Jess is passionate about social equity in the cannabis business functioning to combat the stigma against cannabis and foster a much more inclusive future in the business.
Primarily based in Southern California, Jess is on the Board of Advisors for Taboo Talks, an educational speaker series that centers girls and femmes. Jess also performs with second generation farmer Wendy Kornberg of Sunnabis Farms & Conscious Physique Decadence as a brand educator.
The future of cannabis, as Jess sees it, is equitable and inclusive. To bring that future into reality, Jess performs to present persons with education and access to cannabis, whilst breaking the stigma surrounding the plant.
Jess expanded on her vision, “I would like to enable build an equitable and inclusive cannabis business that appropriately addresses the harm brought on to BIPOC by the war on drugs whilst preserving the language and culture.”
Having deeper into the cannabis business, Jess says one particular of the most important challenges was locating her persons, adding “I see numerous folx who “flex for the gram” on subjects that are critical to me, but when it comes time to place their funds exactly where their mouth is it is crickets.”
Jess identified a supportive and like-minded neighborhood with the Taboo Talks Group, who she says has been a fantastic help to her in her vision.
“The greatest hurdles that we continue to face are racism and stigma. We have a lot of perform to do,” says Jess about Taboo Talks’ journey.
The 1st series of Taboo Talks dove into how cannabis can be equitable and inclusive. The series supplies a protected space for persons to ask concerns and obtain a excellent education about cannabis from extremely passionate neighborhood leaders.
“I became involved with the Taboo Talks Series since we share the identical vision for the Cannabis Sector. We perform difficult to break the stigmas surrounding cannabis and to present protected spaces,” says Jess.
The supportive neighborhood that has grown about Taboo Talks has permitted the speaker series to take off at a pace that Jess hadn’t initially anticipated.
“I have met so numerous excellent, hardworking and inventive folx, it offers me fantastic hope for the future of our business,” says Jess.
Even though Taboo Talks is cannabis focused, the educational speaker series is not a sesh in disguise.
“Our events are centered about delivering education and building neighborhood. Although we do strive to present excellent medicine to our participants, this is not the concentrate, we are not just an additional sesh in disguise. We totally program to place on events in non-legal states and we know they will be just as prosperous since the folx who attend our events come for the education and the neighborhood that we are building,” Jess explains.
Although numerous groups and organizations perform to break the stigma about cannabis, Jess highlights that she sees white girls employing the platform of adjust to improve their personal individual get. The problem there is that white girls are considerably much less most likely than communities of colour to be ostracized for cannabis use or targeted by law enforcement.
“It’s hard for me to see white mamas and white womxn posting pics that monetize their use of cannabis in the name of “breaking the stigma” whilst black and brown parents are locked up and separated from their young children more than use of the plant. The harm performed to communities of colour by the war on drugs is an problem that requires to be addressed and our group has plans to expand this aspect of our series as we move forward,” says Jess.
Jess, and Taboo Talks, are primarily based in San Diego, California. Jess appears forward to bringing Taboo Talks on the road to educate nationwide.
Jess encourages any organizations that are functioning towards social equity in the cannabis business to attain out to Taboo Talks, continuing, “This is an aspect of my network that I would like to develop. I want to be in a position to appropriately address the requires of the communities that have been broken by the war on drugs, but my privilege creates blind spots and I do not want to assume requires. I am searching for neighborhood organizations to companion with so I can concentrate power on delivering what is essentially required by the BIPOC communities that have been harmed by the war on drugs, as opposed to what I or other individuals feel is required. Let’s develop with each other!”
The subsequent Taboo Talks will be held on May well 26th in Las Vegas.
Featured image through Jess Jones, @mx.jessjones.