The recent murder of George Floyd and the countless Black lives that have been taken before his have left us heartbroken, angry, and frustrated. In the cannabis industry, we know all too well of the injustices faced by Black communities and legal weed, imprisonment, and cultural appropriation. 

This is a time to stand up, speak up, and demand changes for justice.   

Two years ago, Freeway Ricky and our CEO Olivia Alexander had a conversation about race, social justice, and cannabis that is as relevant today as it was in 2018. Ricky shares advice for young people, thoughts on accountability, and the power of a unified community.

You can listen to the interview here, hosted by High Times Podcast Network. Fast forward to 9:09, that’s when the interview starts. 

Thank you Freeway, you gave us hope then and you give us hope now.  

Kush Queen Stands Behind, Supports and Amplifies Black Lives

Money doesn’t talk, it screams. We’ve donated to the following organizations and individual campaigns and encourage you to do what you can. 

Minnesota Freedom Fund - The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund - A revolving community bail fund and advocacy campaign with the goal of making New Orleans a safer, more equitable place to live, by redesigning the role money plays in the criminal justice system.

AWARE LA via BLM LA - The Black Lives Matter Global Network is comprised of 40 chapters around the globe bound together to be a vision for Black freedom, unwavering commitment to liberation work.

Reclaim The Block - Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. 

Radical Self Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

The Audre Lorde Project shares "in moments of grief, crisis, or trauma, and in the time before and after, we need each other to survive and thrive. We are obliged to lift up, honor, and hold space for our self-determination, to fight for our lives, and to remind each other of our worth and that none of us are disposable." Read that again and again.

Breaking Isolation: Self Care and Community Care Tools For Our People digs into creating a wellness plan and implementing a community based support system. 

Remember self care is whatever every you need it to be. A walk, a social media break, grounding your racing mind in breath work, exercise - anything that gives you a sense of calming is self care. 

Like Freeway Ricky Said Education Is Power

Here are resources you can use to educate yourself and others. 

Join Girl Trek’s Black History Bootcamp

George Floyd Was Murdered. We Must Not Be Silent - Here’s How To Help

10 Books About Race Non-Black People Should Be Reading Right Now

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not

Conscious Capitalism In Support of BYP100

When you spend your dollars with Kush Queen know that we stand against racism, we stand for inclusion and are calling for people to speak up and act against racial injustices.

Our platform employs Black people, People of Color, and LGTBQIA+ folxs and creates inclusive storylines that further health and wellness accessibility for all.   

We believe in the intersection of self-care supporting social change. Every purchase of our Black Magic CBD Bath Bomb, 25mg will donate 5 dollars to Black Youth Project 100 during the month of June.

Black Youth Project 100 is a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

Conclusion

Black Lives Matter.

Donate (volunteerism or money). Stand Behind. Listen. Support. Amplify. 

Take time to take radically care of yourself. 

 

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