SHAW. ONE YEAR CELEBRATION

 

JULY 4TH, 2019

by Maya Shaw

 
 
 

2 YEARS AGO I WAS SHARING MY FRUSTRATION SURROUNDING WOMEN IN THE CANNABIS SCENE HERE IN NEW YORK. I DIDN’T SEE WOMEN BEING CELEBRATED AS A CANNABIS CONSUMER AND THAT SHIT HAD ME FIRED UP. ON TOP OF THAT, I DIDN’T SEE WOMEN CREATING SPACE FOR EACH OTHER IN THE SCENE AND I WAS SICK OF SMOKING OUT OF PIPES THAT WEREN’T BEAUTIFULLY, HAND CRAFTED WITH LOVE. MY CO-WORKER TOLD ME TO JUST CREATE WHAT I SAW WAS MISSING, SO I DID. AND HERE WE ARE. IN ONE YEAR I FOUNDED SHAW. I PUSHED MYSELF THROUGH LOT’S OF RESEARCH, LOT’S OF MEETINGS AND LOT’S OF NETWORKING. I REACHED OUT TO EVERYONE IN THE INDUSTRY- I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE SHOP WAS NOT ONLY A SOLVE FOR ME BUT, A SOLVE FOR OTHERS SO THAT WE COULD BUILD A COMMUNITY.

1 YEAR AGO SHAW. WAS AN ONLINE SMOKE SHOP FEATURING HANDMADE ITEMS BY WOMEN ARTISTS TO HELP DESTIGMATIZE THE USAGE OF THE PLANT.

AS I GREW, THE SHOP GREW AND I LEARNED THAT MY FEMINISM SHOULD BE INTERSECTIONAL. I AM MAKING A PUSH TO SUPPORT WOMXN, NON-BINARY FOLK AND PEOPLE WHO ARE WITHIN THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY THROUGH THE CANNABIS LENSE. I’M STILL LEARNING AND EVOLVING AND I HOPE YOU ARE DOWN FOR THE RIDE.

WHILE IT’S GREAT SUPPORTING THESE INCREDIBLE ARTISTS I KNOW THAT THERE ARE POLITICS OUTSIDE OF GENDER AND SEX SURROUNDING THIS PLANT. WE CAN NOT TAKE UP SPACE IN THIS INDUSTRY WITHOUT ADDRESSING THE WAR ON DRUGS AND FIGHTING FOR LEGALIZATION LED WITH EQUITY. SHAW. HAS BECOME A PLATFORM FOR ME TO EXPLORE HOW TO ELEVATE THIS CONVERSATION AND TO HELP OTHERS MAKE A WAVE OF CHANGE, ANY WAY THAT THEY CAN.

THIS PAST SATURDAY I THREW A CELEBRATION SO I COULD LOOK OUT INTO A ROOM AND SEE MY ONE YEAR IN ONE SPACE. WE SANG, DANCED, HUGGED, LOVED, CONNECTED, SMOKED AND GOT A LITTLE SWEATY. I OWE A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FAR AND NEAR WHO MADE THIS ONE YEAR POSSIBLE. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO EXPLORE THIS INDUSTRY IN A WAY THAT IS AUTHENTIC TO ME. THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME. THANK YOU FOR EDUCATING ME. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND I HOPE THAT I CAN CREATE MORE TABLES SO THAT WE CAN ALL BREAK BREAD TOGETHER.

 
 
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THANK YOU TO:

PLAYGROUND COFFEE SHOP FOR THE SPACE

DJ WHITE CLIFFS FOR THE JAMS

MACRODOSE FOR THE VISUALS

ELECTRIC SKY WINES FOR THE SIPS

BEDSTUY BUDS FOR THE FLOWER

EAT YOUR GREENS FOR THE SWEETS

PHOTOS BY VIRGINIA STROH

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Maya Shaw