Manifesto: a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer
HMJ is now 4 and a half years old. The tagline is the it was supposed to be a sports blog but then I got high. It was originally meant to be a sports website but when I decided that I wanted to take the site in the direction of covering more topics including music, fashion, urban lifestyle, and of course cannabis culture, I got high as hell one night and the name Hail Mary Jane came to me.
As a way to spread my writing, HMJ has more than served its purpose. Throughout the process of running it and learning more about why cannabis is illegal, who gets arrested for it, and what happens after they are arrested – it became very apparent that my mission with this is deeper than just putting up pictures of girls smoking.
When you run a website about marijuana, you will either get a ton of love or a ton of hate (most likely both). There countless people who have thanked me for having the courage to write about what we write about. Numerous people either can’t admit that they smoke, don’t smoke but also don’t agree with drug arrests, or they (or someone close to them) uses it for the very real medical benefits that come with its use.
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain
Another very real challenge has been finding advertisers and sponsors who are not afraid to advertise on a website like HMJ. You would think big companies like McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and mars candy would jump at the opportunity to work with us but they are
pussies too corporate to take a risk that would pay off huge dividends. Despite the fact these companies know that they would probably go out of business if it wasn’t for stoners purchasing all of their food. Creating a business with a real cash flow has proven to be one of the biggest challenges of my lifetime. I vow that HMJ will be a big part of my career and life mission. I am not asking for permission anymore.
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” - Helen Keller
I feel very fortunate to have begun HMJ when I did. With the growth of new forms of media (ie. blogs) and the progression of marijuana activism in America, the timing could not have been better for a website like HMJ to thrive. Blogs (that are legit) are right up there with magazines and newspapers in terms of readership and respect amongst press. It seems like every few months new states are decriminalizing marijuana or passing it for medical use. Progress is being made all around.
We have not reached the finish line yet.
“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” - Napoleon Hill
The mission of running HMJ has also turned into the story of a journey of me becoming man, a hero, a legend. This process has brought out all of my deepest and darkest fears. It has forced me to take full responsibility for my life and never point the finger elsewhere because of problems, ever. It has also made me realize that if I do not use my success to help others than it will only be a matter of time before it all crumbles down.
“Castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually.” – Jimi Hendrix
There is a big difference between a man and an adult male.
- Boys think they know everything, men continually seek new knowledge throughout life
- Boys want everything quick and fast, men realize that long term fulfillment and happiness comes from hard work and self development.
- Boy are quick to blame someone else for their circumstances, men take responsibility and become empowered by their circumstances.
- Boys want to become successful so they can buy nice toys for themselves, men want to buy nice toys for others
- Boys do not understand or communicate well with femininity in themselves and others, men understand that we all have a feminine side and uses that to build true friendships and amazing sexual experiences with beautiful women. He enjoys that and never disrespects women.
These are just a few of the key differences I have learned in this process of maturation. I have begun using this new paradigm to run HMJ in a more mature way. I now use it to help people as much as possible. One of my goals is to fill my life with so much positivity that I have no choice but to give back.
A great example of this was a few months ago when ‘Moms for marijuana’ lost a one of a kind quilt that included patches from cannabis activists from all over. This could not have been replaced. They started a campaign to locate it. I wrote about it and posted the article, literally a second before the Internet where I was at got shut down (on wordpress you attempt to save a post without Internet, often you can lose the whole post or a portion of it depending on when it was saved). Less than a week later, it was reported that the quilt was found! Not saying that we were the reason for this, however we contributed positive energy to the cause and it turned out to be a great story when it could have easily been tragic.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
Today I am making a commitment to never give up on the readers, to push myself more and more towards consistency and being an amazing leader and to write everyday (unless I am on vacation or traveling for work). You greenies are about to get the most uncut versions of me that you have ever known.
I don’t want to forget how important it has been for me to surround myself with superstars. Lebron James would never have a shot to win a title if he was not surrounded by some of the best players in the world (and some pretty decent role players). I really feel like having a good team is necessary to making sure you get to the top and stay there. I feel like I have surrounded myself with superstars and we have helped to train superstars who are no longer with the team. I have some of the top bloggers and social media pros in the world on my squad but we are always looking for more recruits. Holla at me.
This year you will see us at a ton of cannabis and music events killing it. You will see us creating and sharing more value than ever and you will see us advancing monetarily like never before. These are my vows. I am not making the money for myself. I will be making money through HMJ to show people that it is really possible to follow your dream and succeed no matter how far fetched it might be.
HMJ has truly become my way to express what world peace means to me and bring together a diverse audience to celebrate and cultivate our shared humanity. And you thought it was just a weed blog.
“Each form of life supports all others; together they weave the grand web of life. Thus there really is no happiness for oneself alone, no suffering that afflicts only others.” – Daisaku Ikeda