“I am a biracial homosexual man, so my dad and mom should not be stunned that I’d smoke weed sooner or later.”

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Cannabis at home

I am a biracial gay man. My mother is Filipino and my father is Indian, so my parents shouldn’t be surprised that I would smoke weed at some point.

Jokes aside, my parents don’t seem to have a problem with the job or the industry itself, but with the real health effects of using cannabis (namely, smoking). It is a strange paradox to experience but something so local to be an immigrant since I gave 1: 1 oil to my mother and bought some non-alcoholic, cannabis infused beers for my father to help them to relax. They were incredibly responsive to and liked the products, but I still get flak for smoking weed!

Return during the pandemic

In June 2020, a few months after the initial lockdown, the world felt a change that I believed was a long time coming. As a person working in an industry built on the backs of blacks, indigenous peoples, and coloreds, I was forced to give back to these communities.

It was by this time that I realized that I had created a valuable network by pursuing portrait photography, branding ambassadorial, commercial modeling / acting, and cannabis as a career. This is how the social justice initiative “Minorities for Change in Canadian Cannabis” was born. The initiative would end up raising $ 1000 through personal contact with my network and connecting with everyone who resonated with the initiative’s cause of giving back.

With that in mind, I plan to start another outreach program this winter, primarily aimed at helping the homeless and shelters survive Canada’s harsh weather.

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