Why We're Not Elevating The Conversation Around Cannabis
In the rapidly expanding universe of legalized cannabis, the phrase "elevating the conversation" is thrown around a lot, as if the plant is in need of some fancy re-branding. As a number of states in the US and countries around the world debate legalizing the plant, there are what seems like an infinite number of new conversations erupting, and still so many stigmas, misconceptions, and stereotypes around the humble plant. But for those who have always lived and loved the culture of cannabis, it is clear that elevation has never been necessary—there already exists, all around the globe, a diverse, rich, and, even sometimes, ancient variation of appreciations of cannabis.
When the Marley Natural team came together and started brainstorming ideas for the inaugural issue of our biannual magazine dedicated to cannabis, clean living, and the legacy of Bob Marley, we were spoiled for choice with thought-provoking stories that touched upon all of these themes. We've tried to capture as wide a cross-section of engaging, informative, and sometimes even goofy stories and photo essays. We’ve dispatched writers and photographers to everywhere from the gullies of Port Antonio, Jamaica to the quiet seascapes and hippie communes of Montevideo, Uruguay. We have guides to finding your perfect personal high and recipes for cannabis smoothies. We've seen firsthand the innumerable ways in which people cultivate and connect with cannabis.
With the Marley Natural Magazine, our aim was not to "elevate the conversation" around cannabis, but rather, to tap into the diverse discourse that's already taking place around the world. As there is no stereotypical cannabis experience, there can be no singular lens with which to view the plant. We’ve done our best to gather as many voices as we can from the actual people shaping and sharing this endlessly inspiring plant.
I hope you enjoy the stories we've shared in the Marley Natural Magazine—and, yes, feel free to roll up a joint on it.
Deidre Dyer, Editor-In-Chief