To say that we have received hundreds of queries for cannabis oil would be a massive understatement. We’ve received thousands upon thousands of them, each with its own backstory of desperation. Recently this has started to find form in complaints from disgruntled oil producers and threats from frantic oil seekers. Our reasons for not endorsing or facilitating the trade of any form of illicit cannabis were not considered lightly, yet I find myself increasingly having to defend this decision.
Relinquishing a promising white collar career and very publicly coming out of the cannabis closet was no easy leap of faith for me. Nearly every step of being recognised as a legitimate Mary Jane inspired business has been an uphill battle with doors frequently being slammed in my face when service providers deem what we do as undesirable and an offence to their moral beliefs. We have persevered though in responsibly building a local online brand, business and magazine that SA can be proud of. A journey that we believe is only just beginning to sprout in the accelerating race to legalise and normalise cannabis across the globe. I therefore genuinely understand why people would turn to us when in need of selling or purchasing cannabis in any form. It’s even a bit flattering. But it’s not what we are about… at least not until SA get’s the green light.
Most folk seem to understand this and refrain from contacting us due to the note on our contact details that we do not respond to such queries. Others however ignore this and persevere to mail, message and call us relentlessly. To such a point that we are now unable to answer our shop phone at all due to simply not having enough hours in the day to listen to all the tales of woe and apologetically shrug our shoulders 24/7. A handful have even taken it upon themselves to extensively complain and threaten me for not responding to their persistent queries. So let me take this opportunity to clear the air and set the record straight.
We are neither doctors nor scientists and therefore do not have the tools or means to endorse what is essentially still a strictly illegal product being produced by a plethora of people in an almost infinite variety of concoctions. It is therefore not our place to determine which producers are worthy of our blessing and get a BTL stamp of approval in what would be a process that is practically blind of any scientific insight or laboratory analysis. And while I can certainly be accused of being an optimist, I am not naive enough to accept that every bit of lank dank chronic or decadent cannabis concentrate presented to me is to be assumed as a qualitative reflection of all the other wares on offer from any particular supplier. My sentiments are pretty much the same when it comes to the reliability of suppliers with regard to whether their products are readily available and consistently processed from the same raw materials time after time. That’s all before we even begin to make considerations for the safety and medicinal efficacy of the products. Ooh, then there’s also your personal safety to think about. It takes just a touch of recklessness with your personal information and a single inconvenient bust to bring a supplier and potentially all of his or her clients down with them. Worst case they or you could turn out to be narcs. Getting the idea yet?
The onslaught of queries has not been purely from consumers though. A recent move by us to start disabling comments on some articles and more actively delete soliciting comments on the remaining articles lead to quite an intense backlash from some local oil producers who had been relying on the comments section of our popular articles as a means to openly promote themselvFes. One particular dude felt hugely kicked in the nuts when it turned out that he had been relying solely on peddling his goods in the comments of our free public articles that we have and continue to painstakingly pay for purely with the love and passion we burn for South Africa’s cannabis culture. This guy did not give up until he personally had me on the phone to explain just how hard I had done him in and how we should allow him to openly advertise, even if we just charged him for it. These are the people I fear most as they are the ambulance chasers of the cannabis oil world. They freely feed on the hope of consumers, gleefully revel in the cheap publicity and even cheaper politics of the emerging industry, do not have the best interests of anyone or anything other than themselves at heart and contribute sweet fuck all to achieving a legalisation that would ultimately do away with entities anonymously profiteering in the shadows. A legalisation that should create a system where you can then not only rely on a BTL stamp of approval, but hopefully also your doctor’s.
There we go, that’s the long of why we simply will not enable a system of illegitimately supplying a legitimate demand. The variables are far to numerous and unknown for us to take that leap of faith on your behalf. So if you are one of those folks who still feels the need to ignore the black and white of “Please don’t ask us for weed, seeds or oil – we don’t deal!” on our contact page, disregards our voicemail repeating the same thing and then proceeds to complain or threaten us because you do not get the response that you were seeking; you are barking up the wrong tree.
The ones whom you should be airing your grievances with are the medical professionals, elected leaders and custodians entrusted with your health and liberty. For they are the ones deserving of your pleas and ire.