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Consumption Chronicles: 2019, the year of being on your shit.

Here we are, at the start of a new year; ready for a continuation of the wild ride that is about to be in store. 2018 was packed with changes to the industry, so I created a guide to provide a Quick Glance at National Cannabis Legalization at the beginning of 2019. In this fast evolving industry, let’s at least start off on the same page. There’s no better time than the present to be on your shit.

While we’re on the topic of National Legalization, the Congressional Cannabis Caucus has two new members, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), who are joining Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Don Young (R-AK) to help shape the cannabis reform agenda in the House of Representatives going forward. Remember, the role of government is to do what is in the best interest of YOU, ME, THE PEOPLE. But the fact of the matter is, if they don’t hear from you, you essentially don’t exist. Yes, it’s sad, but true. One of the first steps to being more involved is knowing who your representatives are. You can find your representative(s) here.

Progressives had large wins in Congress this past election season; so I’m looking forward to seeing how they shake up our government… Once we get past this shut down of course.

Social Impact

As the year takes shape, I also want to be very clear about what we, at Medisi Ventures, mean whenever Social Impact is referenced in regards to cannabis/hemp or legalization efforts.

When talking about the social aspects of impact, everyone should think holistically about how people are able to live and thrive in cities across the country. For digestibility, please reference the following graphic.

In various ways throughout the Consumption Chronicles series, I’ll be diving into each pillar, both individually and within their cross sectionalities. The goal is to help provide tailored context around not only why each component is critical to our everyday existence, but also what opportunities are available for work, investment, wealth creation and sustainability. I’ll also share insights that shed light on what happens when the pillars are not working at their full capacity.

This is important on so many levels.


Sometimes, I’ll pose questions, like, why did Vector Group, Ltd. who owns the fourth largest cigarette manufacturer, and who already owned 70% of Douglas Elliman, the largest residential brokerage firm in the NY metropolitan area, decide to purchase the remaining shares from CEO Dottie Herman? Is this some large signifier that we should be paying closer attention to, or just people with money doing what people with money do ALL THE TIME?

There are some things we simply need to learn from and move on; and other times we need to dwell on them because something bigger is hiding between the lines. #StayWoke

Other times I‘ll share sources of information…

How I Built This has become one of my favorite podcasts, and a recent episode featuring Janice Bryant Howroyd of ActOne Group was a true tale of scalability. Taking something you’re good at and turning it into a multi-million dollar business. You can listen here. Take the gems, apply them, be great.

ALL THE TIME, I will be helping shape the way we consume, understand, and connect information. THAT is what Consumption Chronicles is all about.

Now, go be on your shit!

For more Consumption Chronicles, check out the archive here.

Questions/Comments/Collabs? Hit us up at

Educator, Entrepreneur, and Founder of the Social Impact Enterprise, Medisi Ventures @medisillc, @tiyannalong

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