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A Letter from High There’s Editor in Chief

Jamie Solis

By Jamie Solis

April 12, 2022

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High There! I want to give a huge thanks to the High There community and staff for such a warm welcome. I recently took over as the Editor in Chief of this platform. I’ve been in the cannabis space since 2011, and I have a tenacity for advocacy, education and furthering the mainstream acceptance of the plant. 

My road to High There has been an exciting one, and the mission of this organization is something that has been near and dear to my heart for many years. Read along to learn a little about my experience in cannabis journalism, as well as some exciting new content and columns we’ve begun covering.

You could say that when I first joined the cannabis industry, it was nothing short of a happy accident.

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The Journey to High There

During my college years I accepted an internship at a local weekly paper, IE Weekly. To my pleasant surprise, the editorial team was also publishing a national cannabis publication called CULTURE

Back then, I was a young adult and recreational stoner who thought medical cannabis was a facade – a way for stoners to get our hands on legal cannabis. Growing up in California, it’s no surprise I had friends who had medical cards. We’d drive out to L.A., and I’d wait patiently in the car for my friends while they visited the medical cannabis dispensary. They’d return with more cannabis-infused goods than I even knew existed. 

Once I began working in cannabis journalism, I learned very quickly that medical cannabis was not a facade – I was flat-out wrong. I’ve witnessed countless ways of how cannabis saves and improves lives every day.

Early on during my internship, I proofread a story for CULTURE about a young boy named

. Our team had interviewed Jayden’s dad, Jason. Jason bravely shared about his son’s journey with cannabidiol (CBD), with Jayden being the first child who was given CBD on national television. Jayden and his dad remain celebrated pioneers of the medical cannabis movement to this day. 

From there, my passion for cannabis advocacy and normalization was truly born. Through countless celebrity interviews, talks with advocates on the frontlines, as well as my personal experience securing safe, medical cannabis for some of my family members, the last decade-plus has been awe-inspiring.

Since my time at CULTURE, I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the iconic High Times Magazine, proudly carrying a torch of cannabis education and advocacy that was empowering and humbling, to say the very least. And now I’m entrusted with the privilege of bringing engaging content to the High There community.

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Our Future

I want to sincerely thank our readers at High There for this incredible opportunity. Please subscribe to our newsletters, and check our website and app every day for cannabis-related stories spanning all topics from wellness and lifestyle trends to information for beginners and everything in between. 

With me at the helm, you can also expect our cohort of content and newsletters to grow as we entrust top-level journalists to join our team.

For starters, we’ve begun covering breaking

topics from across the world. We also have our resident medical professional, Dr. Melanie Bone, sharing expert insight in a , which covers all aspects of the medical cannabis world. You’ll also find expert tips on , stories dedicated to and so much more.

We appreciate you supporting our mission to normalize the plant and reverse the negative impacts from the War on Drugs. We wouldn’t be High There without our safe and welcoming cannabis community standing by our side. Thank you for being on this journey with us (and me!). 

All My Best,

Jamie Solis

Jamie Solis

About The Author

Jamie Solis

HIGH THERE MISSION

WE’RE A CREATIVE COMMUNITY — EXPLORING THE SCIENCE, CRAFT, AND CULTURE OF CANNABIS.
WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS ERADICATING THE STIGMA, MISINFORMATION, AND INEQUITIES SURROUNDING THIS PLANT, SO WE CAN UNLOCK ITS TRUE POTENTIAL FOR ALL.

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