Lena Waithe Smokes First Drafts 

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There’s a lot to discuss with Lena Waithe. The multi-talented artist’s roster of projects and ventures runs deeper than extensive. The creator of The Chi, which is returning next month, continues to produce documentaries and award-winning dramas, including last year’s A Thousand and One. On top of all that, her imprint has teamed up with the publishing house Zando, and the Rising Voices initiative continues to expand and foster artists. 

The Emmy-winning writer also features cannabis to her resume, thanks to her collaboration with Ball Family Farms. Together, a welcoming strain of weed has been produced, aptly called First Draft. It’s a nice bolt of creativity in the bud. 

The hybrid can allow the mind to wander at a nice and steady pace. If you’re an artist, smoke First Draft, which was two years in the making. With First Draft hitting shelves again, Waithe spoke with High Times about the flower, her creative process, spirituality, and, of course, the 2004 swords and sandals epic, Troy.

Throughout my research, I did not expect to learn the movie Troy inspires you.

I keep ‘em guessing. I don’t know what it is, man. I know that movie technically didn’t work, but it works for me. I like it. Brad turns in a solid performance. Orlando Bloom, young Orlando Bloom in there. Worth a revisit. 

The director’s cut is pretty good!

It’s no Gladiator, but what are you going to do? 

[Laughs] What’s inspired you lately? 

Jerrod Carmichael’s trailer for his new show, the new docuseries reality show, whatever you call it. Just a trailer, man, has already got me having such great conversations, so I’m inspired by a trailer of a show. I haven’t even seen it yet. And “16 CARRIAGES,” Beyoncé …

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Author: Jack Giroux / High Times

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