Cannabis, Hemp And Marijuana Museum, Mississippi discussed on The Curious About Cannabis Podcast
Everybody. This is Jason Wilson with curious about Canvas podcast. Thanks much for tuning in once again So I am beyond delighted today to be able to sit down and talk with Andrew Dangelo at you. Know there's so many ways I could introduce you. Activists you know co founder of Harbourside. You're involved with the last prisoner project now. Which I know you've been bringing lot of tension to but welcome Andrew Dangelo. Thanks so much for being willing to come on the podcast today. Thank you Jason. It's great to be with your community today. Yeah totally. I'm really stoked to see where our conversation goes. I've been following a lot of your press over the past several months. Some of the interviews you've been doing and keeping up with some your work and there's a there are a lot of milestones to go through but then I know there's a lot you've been talking about lately that I don't WanNa make you regurgitate the same stuff that you've been staying over again someone to try to go in some unique directions here but there's all sorts of stuff for us to Go into right now. One of the kind of segue into a lot of things one of the first things I wanted to ask you about. Is you recently took a trip to Barcelona didn't you? I did I was there for. Icbc Barcelona and span of this. Yes yeah and you. You didn't make it out to the hashish and hemp museum. That's out there I did. I had a great time at the museum. That's Ben drunker zones and operates that museum. He also has one in Holland. Amsterdam and Ben's been old friend of the family for decades and so it was great vehicle able to see his newest outposts there in Barcelona. It's a beautiful building. He's done all this wonderful stained glass work and yeah and if you if you haven't been Barcelona the architecture Barcelona's just every single building every single doorway window archway. is just extraordinarily well-crafted. Beautiful beautiful work and the the hemp and Marijuana Museum. There is no exception and they've ban in his team just done a stellar job with that museum. I encourage everyone to make a pilgrimage to check it out. Yeah I saw some of the photos posted on social media and I was fascinated. How beautiful some of you know the way. Everything was presented the design architecture and everything and I wasn't even really familiar with that museum. Can you describe a little bit about what that museum is like? And kind of how things are presented. And what your experience. There was sure. The museum has multiple levels. So it's two or three stories. There's elevators and stairs that you navigate through it and it's part a history lesson of the plant and and specifically Ham You know the two. The two tracks museum really talks. Most about is is as cannabis as medicine and as an intoxicant and ham has a industrial raw material so so that those are the two focuses. I would say of the museum. And Ben's just got an incredible collection of ancient hemp materials and modern hemp wears also that are represented by some of the leading can't cannabis hemp companies of today. Of course UH sense. He seeds is right next door. Okay Marijuana Museum both in Barcelona Amsterdam and and you can purchase CBD products there and genetics and a whole bunch of really cool will art and culture and Swag from both the museum and since he seats and I was just thrilled to be in Barcelona and an experience that you know we we in the United States. We don't we have cannabis with sort of the first cannabis museum or installation in Las Vegas. There we'd maps just did a big installation in Los Angeles. That was a museum. But we don't have permanent cannabis ham. You know that I'm aware of that's that's as large in a serious As bans I'm sure we have lots of small Wonsan and probably millions of small ones in people's homes. I certainly is yeah I got. I got some in mind mile in my altar of course but you know so when it. It's not easy to have a museum. You know museums don't make money. They lose money and they are about building culture and about keeping something alive for future generations to learn about an and that's hard work to do in our movement in our industry is still in the embryonic stages and I look forward to the day and I hope Stephen I get to be a part of it Where there are something like that. The Hemp Museum here in the United States a- every city should have won. Every every community has cannabis story that goes back hundreds of years and and we can all tell our own version of what's happened over the last hundred years so it's part of the cultural work that I think we're moving into sort of a cultural renaissance canvas. We've had you know we had to legalize and that was just brutal. One hundred year war you know and now we have all these little battles to get legalisation right which we have not done and and of course you know. We have a lot of work to do to get legalisation rights. So that's going to be ten thousand battles that we're GONNA have to fight for that. The cultural work is really something that I think our community is going to have a lot more fun within the political work and I I really. Creativity and culture is been one of the strengths of the cannabis movement community for forever. Going back to the jazz age you know going back to the brothels of New Orleans going back to Jamaica going back to India Longtime in this plant has inspired the creativity of men and women all over the world and so we get to come out of the shadows culturally now and into the light and Where are colors loud and proud and and talk about the plant in ways like a museum? There's millions of ways to express cannabis culture but a museum certainly one of them and you know the there's a big wide open cultural world out there that I hope your listeners will will embrace. There's also I know you know. Science on this podcast. There's a big sign this world of cannabis scientists just like just like culture. It's in the embryonic stages in Gosh. I can't I can't I can't think of something more exciting right now. Then to be working with canvas science or cannabis culture. Yeah Yeah no. I totally agree. It's the research going on with cannabis. Now it's like we've hit a breaking point and now there's just idle waves of information coming out people interested and I know things are are right. Now we're in the disruptive period Dealing with the coronavirus and everything. But I've I've been very blessed in my life to have the chance to work with some universities that you know are now now that hemp is legal. We can touch the cannabis plant. And even though it's not hd rich cannabis were still able to touch the cannabis plant. We're still able to a lot a you know in do some work that you know a lot of these institutions have been wanting to do for a long time and like. I mentioned to you before we started. I'm originally from Mississippi I. What did my Undergrad work at the University of Mississippi and spent some time at the cannabis lab at the University of Mississippi and so on the farm or I? I didn't work on the farm so I worked for the. It Department for the university. And I was one of the go-to technologists that worked on instruments and different things like that in the lab during the time. I was there so I spent a lot of time when I when I was there. I spent most of my time in the research and development lab indoors but I did get tours of the outdoor facilities. I saw how they processed everything it is fascinating and talking on what you just mentioned the different perspectives of our culture around cannabis. That's something that weighs on me heavily coming from Mississippi coming to Oregon the culture shock of like brand. I have friends that are still battling to avoid going to jail over. A half gram of cannabis in their cars whereas now I'm in Oregon where people are driving around with pounds of cannabis in their cars. You know legally as part of their business So it is fascinating and I think it's something that is under appreciated that we have so many perspectives around the cannabis plant in our relationship To cannabis laws in cannabis culture And I I agree with you. That work that I look forward to seeing done is promoting these stories and helping people get a more rounded understanding of how society has been interacting with cannabis You know throughout time but also in different places in the world at the same time. We're in a fascinating place and your activism work. I think is. It's really great that you get to interact with all of these people that are fighting these different battles and learning their stories and being able to share those with people to kind of open people's eyes a little more that there's more going on here than maybe you see in your just your immediate community. Yeah well actually. Jason Wants Stephen. I learned that the most powerful way to do cannabis activism is to tell the stories of people who really need cannabis and whether that the HIV and AIDS patients in the late eighties and early nineties. And and some of that pioneering work that was done by Denis Perron Brownie Mary And all of us at that time or kids with epilepsy more recently. That is how you really. We have to go through the heart it. We made all these rational arguments for decades of personal freedom and cannabis's natural plan. And you can't criminalize something like this. And it has historical significance to the human race in. It's been with us for thousands of years and we went on and on with these rational arguments and they went nowhere. And of course we didn't mind making the argument because we got to be in front of cameras or the two cameras that showed up at the press and are the one reporter sitting there with a notepad or tape recorder But we enjoy being the voice but we just weren't that effective and and once we made other people voice patients and an people who need this regular everyday people that America could relate to them. We started to make more progress politically. And then you know mainstream to build a bridge. We could stand on to mainstream society heart and We're still building that bridge in You know thankfully we've made so much progress You know you're in Oregon. I'm in California and and cannabis's legal for anybody over the age of twenty one in end. What a far cry from folks in Mississippi or even my hometown where? I grew up Washington C. Area which has allowed more legalisation than Mississippi does but still doesn't really have access. Yeah Yum yet So you know it's it's it's one of the reasons I lacked was because we could not change it and California. We could change it so sometimes you have to go to to where you can be most effective and and then sort of allow that to be a foundation you build on and and you know the fact that you'll and I another person I know Brad craft in. I don't know if you know Brad craft in but he also went to university Mississippi. He also worked on the farm. And he's also the cannabis industry he's a farmer and You know similar story to you. He heard the call from folks like me and my brother from other places. They are Mississippi and was working at the University of Mississippi was working at the farm. Saw a disconnect between what what was legal not legal in what was being studied and not studied on up at the farm there in University Mississippi Everyone should know. That's that's the only place in in the United States where the federal government has a licensed to grow weed and they grow. That's where they grow all the Federal Resource. We down there University of Mississippi..