We're just past the halfway point of Meadowlands, those four days of "Essential Conversations for the California Cannabis Community" that are at or near the top of most industry leaders' list of great (non-WeedWeek) events.
This year Meadowlands is, like everything else, a digital get-together, and Camp Navarro is, for weed purposes, a state of mind. (Like the Cherokee Nation.) And unlike so much of 2020 Planet Earth, Meadowlands is not sucking—turns out that not having to bomb up to Mendo lets a wide range of people into the legendary "weed camp." Who knew?
- Opening day's "Caretakers of the Plant & 4:20 Smoke Session" peaked in substance at roughly 4:20 p.m. and 45 seconds. In a conversation on wildfire aftermath, Tina Gordon of Moon Made Farms said ash could be part of consumers' fall smoking experience, "but they're going to smoke the truth. They're going to smoke the story of this year."
- The fires were rarely far from Meadowlands conversation. Friday, on a government panel, state NORML Deputy Directory Ellen Komp called out insurance companies who charge cannabis clients exorbitant rates. "They're not really serving us in some of the ways they need to be," she said.
- Now that the things that happened online across Labor Day weekend are over, let's abandon the aspiration, get real, and ask: Can Burning Man be replicated digitally. Ya know, without the pilgrimage aspect?