Global Cannabis Culture and Gender Research

quality drugsLaws, policies, and cultures are quickly shifting around cannabis consumption as a few countries experiment with legalization, while others maintain a rigidly prohibitionist agenda. Colorado state has dominated the news and popular imagination on representation of legal weed, but it is only the tip of the iceberg within a global landscape. Women have been at the forefront of the shift-in-image for cannabis legalization, from one previously associated with racially-criminalized, or comically-stoner, masculinities. Organizations such as Women Grow have networked professional business women into an industry where they hope it could be “the first billion dollar industry not dominated by men.”  But will this be the case in a future projecting a rapid expansion of legalization to the remaining United States? What are the experiences of women working in the industry; as well as women cannabis consumers, in state both legal and not? How does the experience of women of color differ from that of white women? And what about other countries, such as Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Africa, and Asia? I am interested in interviewing both women and men on the topic of how gender issues are manifested in cannabis culture. I am interested in talking to people all over the world, in various countries, in English or en Espanol (formulario de consentimiento, cuestionario). Attached, you will find the Questionnaire,  Information, as well as the Consent Form. Please contact me at bevyuen@gmail.com.

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Jamaica 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 10.10.05 PMI am visiting Jamaica between November 12, and 15th of 2015 to attend the Rastafari Rootzfest hosted by High Times, for the 2015 Jamaican World Cannabis Cup in Negril. I’m staying at the RIU Palace Tropical hotel, just down the road from the event. You can check out the photos here. I’m working on an academic article/ short video about cannabis tourism.

So far I flew in on Thursday to the airport in Montego Bay after traveling from Turks & Caicos Islands this morning, via Miami, and on to Jamaica. I took the shuttle van from the airport to Negril, some 90 minutes away. A great chance to take a breath and take in the views of the rural Jamaican countryside. Goats on the side of the road. During the drive, we stopped at this roadside stand to rest a moment and be lured by cheap souvenirs. My van-mates Rodney and Mike are also attending the event this weekend, so we chatted about it and bonded in our excitement. I made it to my fancy RIU hotel, after driving by the opening night of the “ganga festival” as the driver called it.There were event tents set up inside the park a few blocks large, surrounded by a fence, with a minimal of people there at this pre-event time. It was raining, and we had some delays in finding out hotels. Once I made it into my room and after eating the included food, I was content to relax in my room and rest up for the two days ahead of festivities where I hope to get some good pictures and video clips for my project.