Meet: Aris THC Jobs Community Manager
In the illustrious words of a fellow Chicagoan by the name of K. West:
“I met this girl when I was 3 years old And what I loved most she had so much soul She said “Excuse me lil homey, I know you don’t know me But, my name is Windy and I like to blow trees”
Hi, my name is Aris but you can call me Windy. This blog is dedicated to a plant as polarizing as Mr. West, Ms. Mary Jane herself. My earliest marijuana memory is of thirteen year old me rolling blunts in the passenger seat of my then boyfriend’s gold Chevy Blazer. No, I wasn’t smoking, but he was, and he taught me how to roll up so I could do so while he was driving.
My first love was a sixteen year old African American that went to an all-boy Catholic High School. To cope with the stringent restraints of the institution and the normal stresses of being a young, black man on the south side of Chicago, he smoked all day, everyday. He would buy a pack of White Owls and roll up all the blunts and put them back in the box and smoke them like cigarettes.
I’m not saying this is the way to do it, but I will say that he graduated from said private school as well as college and is doing extremely well for himself today as a real estate consultant and licensed broker.
I moved to southern California with my mom when I was sixteen and that’s when I started smoking cannibus regularly. Out here, it’s just part of the culture. I went on covert dummy missions with my friends because we couldn’t be open with our parents about our desire (and in some cases need) to medicate with marijuana. Looking back on that time in my life, I realize that back then, I was medicating to cope with trauma experienced in my early formative years.
But more on cannabis for trauma survivors later. I’m looking forward to sharing thoughts on and discussing family dynamics and the use of cannabis. How can we be more open with our families regarding medication, eradicating the social stigma of cannabis and embracing its healing properties? My homegirl Penelope says cannabis has saved her life and you’ll hear more about that soon.
I have been a medical cannabis patient for a few years now and the more I learn about the plant, the more I appreciate its medical benefits and properties. In addition to past trauma, I have also wrestled with anxiety, body pains from years of professional dancing and insomnia. Medical cannabis has helped alleviate all of these.
I am extremely happy to be a resident of California, a state where medical cannabis is legal and I am happy to now be a part of an important and growing industry. I wanted to write this entry to introduce myself as I will now be taking over the blog and the rest of the social media presence of THC Jobs.
The way I got this job is indicative of how things tend to go in the industry. I went into Emerald Opportunities to apply to be a part of their employee database. They do job placement in the industry (after you fill out an application, take a cannabis knowledge and math exam and are background checked). I found the vetting process to be legitimate and that made me feel good.
The environment was more professional than I expected although I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was thinking I would get a part-time gig as a patient consultant (a.k.a. Bud Tender). Instead, I got a phone call offering me a position of Community Manager at THC Jobs. I was given the run-down on what the position would entail as well as told that this job was a major opportunity for growth.
That’s what the cannabis industry is about right now: growth. Still a budding industry (see what I did there), there remains much to learn, develop and create. Already my experience has exceeded my expectations. Not a bad start.
Initially, I thought I would use an alias in my THC Jobs social media presence. I figured it would be wise to keep a low profile and remain anonymous. Yet, in conversations with my friends, family and co-workers, I began to feel frustrated thinking, “Why can’t I just be open and honest about who I am? Why can’t I be honest about sharing how cannabis has been a life-changing medication for me?”
I have been researching the medical marijuana industry extensively lately learning about the most recent cannabis legislature, new products and culture including all the celebrities that are open with their cannabis use and/or are venturing into starting cannabis businesses. One fact remains clear. Cannabis is in need of advocates.
True advocates that will talk human rights and the difference between right and wrong. People have to be willing to pave the way. We are pioneers in this industry and that can be a motivating (or MOTA-vating as we like to say), scary and exciting venture. I figure I might as well go all out.
I look forward to sharing on topics such as health and wellness, higher learning, cannabis news, lifestyle, as well as practical job information in the industry. I invite you to be a part of these discussions here at the blog as well as on FB, IG and Twitter.
I’m excited to be a part of the THC team! Happy 2016 and cheers to a new chapter! Stay tuned!