Editor’s Note: Welcome to one of our newest bi-weekly columns, High Folks: the cannabis-infused version of Humans of New York, in which we take an intimate look at people’s relationships with our most beloved plant. The connection between humans and cannabis is primal, dynamic, and profound. But it’s something that’s increasingly overlooked in the new age of weed. So in an effort to combat the superficiality of cannabis in the social media-age, High Times is proud to present to you a collection of work that highlights one of life’s most beautiful gifts: connection.
We’re always saying little prayers to ourselves, whispering to our shadows, and asking them to show us our truth. In 2015 while searching for identity and acceptance, Lindsey Renner, who’s the owner of Native Humboldt Farms, discovered that she was cultivating cannabis on the land that her Wailaki Tribe ancestors once inhabited.
“I didn’t know I was Native American until I was about 12. Before then, I honestly didn’t even see the color of my skin,” Renner told High Times. “All of a sudden, I was able to consciously zoom out. And when I did, I realized I was different! I was about five shades darker than the rest of my family.”
Adopted in 1982 by her mother’s new husband, Renner’s birth certificate with her biological father’s name on it was sealed. When her curiosity began to peak at age 12, she asked her mother about her biological father and his family, but her questions remained unanswered.
“It was clear she wasn’t supportive of me asking. She told me they were bad people because they ‘grew cannabis’, they didn’t want me, and I would be disappointed if I looked for them,” said Renner.
Renner became intrigued with …
Author: Lyneisha Watson / High Times