The time has come for the revival of the Cannabis Digest!
Last year the paper stopped printing issues after I had to leave cannabis activism with a broken heart after the death of Gayle Quin. When I returned to cannabis activism last fall, my only focus was the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club and that still remains the only reason I am back in the field. Now it is clear how much the club needs a publication for its members and to help inform the public about what is happening as legalization unfolds.
However, while I intend on working with the Cannabis Digest as it morphs into the next phase of its life, it does not seem realistic for me to jump back on as the publisher. With so many things already on my agenda, including my recent decision to run for Victoria City council this fall, it would be insane for me to take the lead role in this venture. My role will be as assistant publisher, guiding the team as they rebuild the paper, as well as a contributing writer.
The new Cannabis Digest editor is Jacqueline Kittel, the newest employee of the VCBC. Despite being fresh out of the University of Victoria with an undergraduate degree in Humanities, majoring in Gender Studies with a minor in business, Jacqueline has worked in several other dispensaries, proving her keen work ethic and drive. She will help us improve our organization on many levels with her skills and passion. In fact, she wrote an award winning paper on women in the cannabis industry in her last year of school, making it an easy decision to pass the paper over to her.
Many of the old crew are still around and willing to help this transition. Judith Stamps is very happy to stay on as editor and a contributing writer. Owen Smith will be a contributing writer and will help Ashley Abraham, our new Advertising and Layout editor, in designing the format of the paper. Other friends who have written for us in the past have also shown some interest in contributing again, including Julia Veintrop, who will help keep everyone up-to-date on how the club is doing.
Hopefully many of the old advertisers will come back, though in the beginning the paper is likely to be limited to distribution on the island and a bit on the mainland. We are going back to printing the Cannabis Digest like it was in the beginning, a simple photocopy, folded and stapled in the middle. There will still be a fun drawing on the front you can colour but it will look much more like a newsletter than a newspaper when it first comes back to life.
First printing of the Cannabis Digest 2.0 will be in August, with 2,500 copies being made instead of the 10,000 we printed of the old paper. We are aiming for 9 pages of advertising, 6 pages of articles and the front cover. The rebirth of the paper will be modest and will be a first step towards a full fledged magazine. Rates for advertisers will go up steadily as we increase the size of the paper and print more copies but for now we have very reasonable prices. Please contact Ashley Abraham for more information about advertising in the first edition of the Cannabis Digest 2.0.
These ad rates will increase quickly as the paper expands in both number of pages printed and number of copies made but for now we can offer very low rates. In fact, depending on the amount of interest, we may end up growing quickly if we get the amount of interest we anticipate. For the next issue the rates are as follows:
1 full page ad. $150
½ page ad. $85
¼ page ad. $50
Business card. $30
Publishing a print newspaper has pros and cons, but there are many elderly people who have no access to the internet and the Cannabis Digest was an excellent means to reach out to them. The Cannabis Digest will also be increasing its online presence, attending events and attending government press conferences, as we bear witness to these historic and unsettling changes that are happening to our industry.
With so many lives and careers at stake, we are all relieved to know that the Cannabis Digest is coming back to shine a light on the good word and expose the ugly truth.