Interviews

Sidebar with Samantha Myers of “High Intentions”

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Can we change the world?

Portland resident’s television series reveals realities of cannabis

Weed Aficionado Magazine took a few minutes to sit down with Samantha Myers, from Portland, who’s marketing her new television series, “High Intentions,” for syndication.

WAM: What inspired you to create your new series, “High Intentions”?

SAM: I was at a crossroads in my life, personally, and had read some quote online about merging your passion with career and being happy forever. I figured, hey, I like reality television, and I love weed, and that is the really short story of how ‘High Intentions’ was born.

WAM: When did you start using cannabis?

SAM: I started using cannabis regularly at the age of 27 years old; after about nine months of using cannabis, I quit drinking alcohol and have been free from alcohol since March 1 of 2012.

WAM: One of your tag lines for your show is, ‘Cannabus change the world? Weed like to think so … ‘

SAM: What does that mean exactly and how can you change the world with weed? It’s a question more so than an answer. Can a bus (Cannabus) change the world? We’d (Weed) like to think so! Yes, in my opinion, it definitely can change the world. It won’t be some big feat like world peace or end homelessness overnight, but the butterfly effect legalization will have on us all will be tremendous. From the money we spend on law enforcement being properly allocated to fighting the crimes we really need fought, to more jobs, less crime and DUI’s, etc. … it is safe to say we are already changing the world as we smoke, I mean speak.

WAM: What effect do you feel the legalization of marijuana will have on the next generation of children, teens and young adults?

SAM: I really hope to see generations to come being more comfortable with cannabis in general. I would love to turn on the TV in 10 years and instead of seeing the father come home after a hard day’s work and filling his glass with booze, that he breaks out a bong or joint. I would love to just have it be more normalized. I really do see that happening; we are on an awesome trajectory!

WAM: Since an estimated 60 percent of Americans believe cannabis should be legal, how do we get the pharmaceutical and alcohol industries to not use dark money and lobby so hard against lifting the prohibition?

SAM: In my opinion, we are just going to have to get the pot smokers to take these jobs and get into these industries where cannabis users are still misrepresented. Until pot smokers are in charge of these laws, nothing will ever change.

WAM: What impact do you think legalizing marijuana would have on the economy and health care system if any?

SAM: I think it will have a very positive impact on the general health of people, but the obvious negative impact it will have on the cancer and pharmaceutical industries are the obvious reasons we have not heard much on the idea of federal legalization.

WAM: How did you view marijuana back when alcohol was your thing? Did you consider yourself to be an alcoholic?

SAM: Yes, I was. My first time smoking was when I was in the 6th grade. I was 12 years old. I didn’t get high for the first 10 times I smoked, and then when I finally did get high, it was too much for me! I could not handle how I felt. Now, I smoke about 3 to 4 grams of oil (concentrated cannabis) a week.

WAM: Do you fear a Monsanto takeover of the crop or what Jeff Sessions is trying to do?

SAM: I fear anything the GOP is trying to do with cannabis, but I am hopeful the state will still have the ultimate say. Concerning Monsanto, I do worry about it but know that something like genetically modified weed will not do well in the cannabis community, so I welcome them to try.

WAM: Why did you begin to smoke marijuana?

SAM: I smoked because I wanted relief from my pain, anxiety and depression. I was willing to try anything to feel better!

WAM: One of the topics that your show will cover that piqued our interested was: Do you think that marijuana smokers are better in bed??

SAM: Haha! … Pot smokers are better at everything they do. Have you ever seen a stoner have weed but no smoking apparatus? Exactly. They will figure it out and succeed — better at everything!