Prior to its criminalization in the 1930s, cannabis was pretty much hunky-dory around the world. Used for material, ropes, food, and medicinals for at least 10,000 years, historians also believe the first American flag was crafted from it and, in 1914, the $10 bill was not only made from cannabis, the back features farmers plowing hemp. So what happened? There were conspiracy theories that involve William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper tycoon, protecting his acreages of forest for wood-pulp paper making; and that DuPont Industries were anti-cannabis to protect its new synthetic fabric, nylon, but those have been debunked. Sure, Hearst ran anti-cannabis campaigns in his papers, but it was yellow journalism, not forestry concerns.
Although legal in California, for some, cannabis still has a negative perception. Ninety years of misinformation would likely take a long time to reverse. That’s where Lynne Daniels, creator and owner of CannaBus, comes in. She wants to dispel all those old tales, and give you the real skinny on the miracles of cannabis with a unique tour of the valley’s cannabis industry. Born and raised in Baltimore, Daniels is pretty, petite, talkative, and a chip off the old block. “My dad was a real go-getter,” she says. “He said to me, ‘You see that right there on the table?’” There was nothing on the table, so Daniels wasn’t sure where he was going until he continued. “‘Just look. See what you want to see. Then go figure out how to get it because it’s not coming to you,’” she recalls.