Smoky Joe’s Cannabis Café

Smoky

An Idea For Netlix

by

John Presco

Three days after Wheezer’s funeral, The Maggots had not got over his death.

“C’mon guys!” Smoky said as she rolled some of her infamous Acapulco Gold from her mysterious source, who looked like Ricardo Montauban. “His doctor told him he had ninety days to live! Those Native Americans put him out of his misery, if you want to look at the bright side. They helped his spirit see the Great Father in the Sky!”

“You know.” Zardo began. “Sometimes you can be one cold-hearted bitch!”

“Really!” Smoky said, then released her famous puff of smoke that now looked like a hawk with large talons. “You want to give me some examples when I acted like a bitch – bitch!”

Zardo was zeroing in on one aspect of her character that she did not like. When she became a Private Investigator, Smoky quickly accessed if her client wanted the truth, and could handle the truth. Most clients wanted their suspicions to be wrong, especially when it came to a family member, like your husband – or wife! Cheating was a huge industry! Smoky was telling The Maggots what they didn’t want to hear. Wheezer had been the Group Glue. He was their main reason – for being! They kept talking about the time Wheezer introduced then to the Beat Writer, Thomas Pynchon, who threw a wild party for them at his pad in Manhatten Beach. Richard and Mimi Farina was there. So was Mary Ann Tharaldsen, who lived with Thomas in Mexico. It was his coming out party. They had read about Ken Kesey partying with the Hell’s Angels in Wolf’s novel. Wheezer got Pynchon to open up. That put The Flying Maggots on the Extra Cool Map.

“Look Zardo. This house has become a total bummer. It has never been like this in all the years I’ve lived here. There’s a standard we are obligated to live up to.”

“Are you saying I’m not cool enough to live here?” Zardo said, as he rose from his big easy chair.”

Smoky blew a vicious smoke ring that came at Zardo like that ship in Star Trek. Zardo wanted to change their name to The Klingons. They were getting too Hollywoodish. It was Smoky who blew the cover of one of the Manson Chics who came to the door to collect the rent for Charlie, their alleged absentee landlord who was in prison.

“I’m getting out of here! Who’s going with me?”

Three weeks later Smoky is startled by a blond woman in a suit walking about the house with a clipboard.

“Oh! You scared me! I thought everyone was gone!”

“Who are you? Smoky asked.

“I’m a real-estate agent. I’m going to put this house on the market!”

Charlie’s selling this house? He said he’s never sell it.”

“Charlie who? This house belonged to Rosemary LaBlanca it given to her as a divorce settlement by her first husband. She had plans to fix it up and sell it. Then she was murdered by Manson and his girls. One of them found the Deed. The Feds just got into her safe deposit. I’m afraid you are going to have to move. We are going to flip this house for a pretty penny.”

Smoky is very smart, and it took her a few seconds to realize Charlie was Charles Mason. She borrowed the agents smart-phone and found who had come to the door to collect the rent.

“I grew up in a Manson house?” Smoky said as she deftly rolled and lit a joint.

“I’m afraid I can’t allow you to smoke pot in my house.”

Smoky gave her the look, and watched a deed chill travel then length of her body as she realized she was not safe.

To be continued

For almost two weeks since I started Smoky, I have had much trouble bringing my Detective Story to my screen. I have had a real struggle. I tried to take two naps. I forced myself to keep from going tinot a trance. A half hour ago I realized I was channeling Rosemary LaBlanca. I heard this – loud and clear!

“Let the world know I did not die like a dog at the hands of those monsters. I fought them with every ounce of strength I owned….I fought until I died!”

Rosemary’s background is identical to the one I made-up about Smoky. While looking for a house to buy on the coast I found a shack of a house in Rockaway Beach. I also found a smoke shop that belongs to Rosa Cazarres. I got a psychic hit and e-mailed her. No reply. The Kimites may contact her to get her on their side. I have thought about becoming a psychic Detective for forty years. I’m going to have my heroine debate whether or not she is one. To tell the truth I am…..SPOOKED! There’s something about these murders that is oppressed. I see Manson getting Rosemary to invest in the record he is recording.

This novel is a fake rip-off of Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’ which I wrote a scathing review of because it ended up killing off the faint last glow of the Hippie Movement I recently named The Peace Promoters Pot Party’.  Since marijuana will soon be legal in all States – due to COVID-19 and dwindling City revenues to pay for police – the Bohemian Culture is all but dead due to the lack of criminality. The LaBlancas did not receive anywhere near the attention the Tates did, they getting more with Tarantino’s movie. My childhood sweetheart went to the Spahn Ranch to buy acid.  Rosemary Cazares says she has massive security. There is the old notion of “Cop-out”.

So, who are the New Outlaws? I believe there is a Black Mask tradition that can be an art form, our national Kabuki theatre, where tried and true themes are used over and over.

Rosa is on her way to becoming a billionaire with ambitions to take over the world. She is high above in a strata jet wondering if she should sell that little shop to Smoky, who may be the reason sales are down.

https://rosamondpress.com/2020/07/01/smoky/

https://rosamondpress.com/2020/07/07/smoky-rides-again/

Smokey Joe’s Café

One day while I was eating beans at Smokey Joe’s Café
Just sittin’, diggin’ all them scenes at Smokey Joe’s Café
A chick I’d never seen before
Came walkin’ on in through the door
At least I’d never saw her down at Smokey Joe’s Café
And I started shakin’ when she sat right now next to me
Her chair was there right next to mine at Smokey Joe’s Café
A chill was running down my spine at Smokey Joe’s Café
I could smell her sweet perfume
She smiled at me, my heart went boom
Then everybody in the room at Smokey Joe’s Café
They said “Man be careful, that chick belongs to Smokey Joe”
Then from behind the counter, I saw a man
A chef hat on his head and a knife in his hand
He grabbed me by the collar and began to shout
“You’d better eat up…

 

By 1969 Leno and Rosemary LaBianca oversaw a mixed family that had become increasingly the norm in the United States, as attitudes about divorce shifted. Leno continued to work in the grocery industry; Rosemary co-founded a high-end clothing store. They often spent time with each other’s children, who, by the time of the murders, were teenagers and young adults.

https://allthatsinteresting.com/leno-rosemary-labianca-murders

The “classic 1920s” home with “breathtaking, unobstructed front and back views” and “unparalleled privacy” in the Los Feliz neighborhood was the site 50 years prior of one of the most notorious acts of violence in serial killer history.

https://www.marijuanaventure.com/leadership-la-mota/

A Los Angeles mansion where Charles Manson and his followers tortured and murdered the former residents went up for sale this month, and attracted widespread interest from celebrity buyers.

“I was surprised at the lack of questions regarding ‘the event’,” said Robert Giambalvo, a real estate agent who has shown the Spanish-style $1.98m house to about two dozen prospective buyers this month – mostly people in the entertainment industry “whose name you would recognize”.

Their main reaction when viewing the property? “It’s so beautiful,” he said.

The sale has not yet been finalized, but Zak Bagans, the star of the reality show Ghost Adventures, told the Guardian he had long been looking for a home in the neighborhood and was buying the property. “There was a very, very strong energy in the house,” said Bagans, who visits “haunted” destinations on his show and investigates paranormal activity.

“I love to investigate spirits and places,” he continued. “This is a beautiful place with a very dark history.”

https://stonermag.com/stoner-magazine-features/la-mota-power-passion.html

https://www.marijuanaventure.com/leadership-la-mota/

La Mota | Power & Passion

La Mota | Power & Passion

Meet the Brand That’s Dominating the Cannabis Industry

While pot culture’s wildest dreams are manifesting, a critical new era is upon us, and only the strong and business minded will survive.
The question is, how do you become a lion amongst the sheep in this industry?  I’ve got a story for you.

But first, here’s a warning from my father, “Don’t smoke pot, you’ll grow man boobs, lose all your hair, and you’ll never be able to get a real job. No one wants to hire a pot smoking loser.”

Here’s a quote from a local news channel (walb.com), “Legal cannabis consumer spending across North America grew 34 Percent to $6.7 Billion and can be expected to grow at a 27 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, 6.7 billion in 2016 to $22.6 billion in 2021. North Americans spent $56.1 billion on legal and illicit cannabis products in 2016, about half of the $105 billion they spent on beer. But $6.7 billion of that was spent legally and 87 percent of that came from just five states and Canada.”

I want you to actually put that in your pipe and smoke it, pops, because the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of cannabis is exponentially beneficial in so many obvious ways, for we the people and for our country’s failing economic platform. More jobs? More pleasantly minded people? More tax money for schools, police, and things that matter??? Yes!

Recently, Attorney General Jeff Sessions compared Cannabis to Heroin, saying “The drug is only slightly less awful”. These misinformed bigots (including my father) need to see the positive side of this industry. including the people striving to bring legitimacy to our industry. These folks wildly deserve our recognition and appreciation.

Meet Aaron Mitchell, born in Cleveland, moved from city to city, then landed in Los Angeles to live his glory days skateboarding for DVS Shoe Company back in the mid-2000s. Aaron’s skate crew consisted of Tim Gaven (DVS Shoe Company), Jeron Wilson (Diamond Supply Co), Paul Rodriguez (Nike Skateboarding), and Torey Pudwill (Grizzly, Redbull, DVS, Matix). “Tim always made sure I always had a fresh set up, and Jeron and Diamond Supply Co. have been a pivotal piece of my success in skating and this current industry. Skating with Paul and Torey throughout the years was so great. Torey came out to Florida when I opened up a skate shop back in the day and signed decks for the kids; he’s a really good dude,”says Mitchell.

If you know anything about skateboarding, that’s a legendary line-up. These individuals not only have ridiculous skills, but also have impressive entrepreneurial backgrounds.

Aaron was living in Deltona Beach, Florida, in 2009 when he met his partner Rosa Cazares. Aaron was in Florida so he could be close to his mom, but had a vision of going into the cannabis business on the West Coast. “My mom was like, ‘no, that’s a bad idea, don’t do it.’ But, I really wanted to check it out, and Rosa was right there with me,” said Aaron.

Rosa flew out by herself to check out property first, then Aaron came after she found a spot, and they rented their first place in Jacksonville, Oregon.

“I had no idea what to expect, but everyone was so helpful and nice, I never wanted to leave. So, we decided to stay!” Rosa said with an uplifting laugh. Meeting Rosa and Aaron for the first time, you can feel how appreciative they are for this business, as it shines through in everything they say and do. “It was a rough start to be honest,” Aaron said, describing the initial steps of breaking into the business. “Dispensaries were all nonprofit at the time; there wasn’t even really a solid program to begin with.”

But the dream endured, and Aaron persevered. “I brought my idea to Jeron. I had all my ideas lined out and he was into it. He believed in me; it was the first huge investment I had ever really seen him make. He and Rosa believed in me from the beginning,” said Aaron.

Their first big investment was in three storefronts located in Medford, Lebanon, and Roseburg. After spending months preparing for their openings, they hit a seemingly insurmountable roadblock: All three cities enacted moratoriums on new cannabis dispensaries.

Aaron and Rosa became frequent participants at each city’s town meetings relating to the moratorium. The moratorium, which started on temporary basis, continued for over a year. Yet through it all, they still had to pay for upkeep, electricity, security, and employees.

“As terrible as it was not to be able to open, we really got in close with the community. The decision makers were elderly, and were worried our shop would bring in dangerous characters and temptation to the youth of the community. After countless town hall meetings, we started to understand where they were coming from. We created a bond with the mayor, the police, and all the decision makers so we could improve our knowledge, while doing our best to make them comfortable with the idea. We wanted to do everything possible to be compliant.”

Unfortunately, this roadblock left them in a dire situation. They had spent their entire investment on those three stores, and eventually were left with nothing and had no way out.

They couldn’t open any of the stores and hit rock bottom. “I literally just started selling everything I owned for half-price to try and start figuring out a way to save money and get back on top. I sold my house, my car, Rosa’s car. It was really hard to do,” said Aaron.

After liquidating all his assets, Aaron found one place in the state that had some potential for the money he had scrambled for. It was an old, beat-down laundry mat on 52nd Avenue in South East Portland. It took everything they had, but they bought it, and moved in. They finally found a home for their vision, but also had to make it home for themselves until they could get out of debt. “We were sleeping on the floor for a while, but Rosa stuck through it with me, and we just made the best of our situation.” In the midst of a remodel, the building permits were denied. They had to start from square one and reconfigure their lay out.

Finally, after exhaustive efforts, the building was up to code and ready for opening. But as opening day neared, they realized all their top-shelf bud was drying out. Their only product was losing value, and fast. Thankfully, that was the moment the $99 ounce was born. “Our doors opened and people were going wild for it. It was affordable and good, so the word about La Mota spread like wildfire. That first month actually made us a major chunk of money that took us out of the red. We started to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Aaron.

Once they finally began to make progress, they moved into a small apartment and worked as managers and budtenders in their first shop. Aaron was CEO and Rosa was managing, but eventually that changed; Rosa took over the role of CEO, and Aaron shifted his focus over to production.

With great pride, they saw the power of their passion creating unstoppable momentum. Aaron said, “Every day is like a dream. I never thought I’d get the feeling I had back in my glory days of pro skateboarding. Every morning I’m so exciting to wake up and get the ball rolling. This business is my life, and I love it.”

La Mota is now a collosal force in the world of cannabis business, La Mota is taking Oregon by storm, and the numbers prove it: They’ve opened 14 additional La Mota locations in two years and are currently ranked as the sixth highest grossing cannabis company in the country, and the highest in Oregon, according to the CBE 200 (Cannabis Business Executive).

What is their recipe for success?

La Mota creates community through excellent customer service, and they hire compassionate individuals with a love for cannabis.

“I want La Mota to feel like home. Every race, every gender, every walk of life is welcome here,” said Rosa. “Our employees are our family. We want everyone to have fun at work, but also own their responsibilities, and treat this company like it’s their own. And, they really do.” Rosa believes in empowering the women in this industry and she’s built a sisterhood in the process: “The bonds I’ve made with my employees are unbreakable.”

You really can set apart good business from bad business, because you can see it in the eyes of the employees. My first experience at La Mota was comfortable and up lifting. The staff on 52nd is knowledgeable, relatable, and intuitive. I had a terrific experience.

“None of this would be possible without upper management and the dedication of our employees. I can’t stress to you enough how instrumental they are to what we do,” said Aaron during a conversation.

“We hire locally, and our goal is to contribute to the community. We want to bring sustainable jobs to our state and educate people on the many misconceptions they may have about cannabis.”

With three outdoor grow operations, two indoor grows, two wholesale departments, and a processing facility, Rosa is constantly on the phone with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). She was part of the OLCC Recreational Advisory Committee and now just joined Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association (ORCA) and stays on top of the ever-changing industry.

Rosa also voiced how crucial the OLCC has been from the start, saying, “The OLCC is helping us transition from small business to big business. The OLCC is so necessary. At first I was nervous about it -who wasn’t nervous about it? I was scared. But, what they forced us to do has made us better business people. They are willing to educate us. We should be grateful that they are willing to answer your calls and give you all the tools you need to succeed. Without them we would be drowning.”

La Mota’s farms are now managed by Royal Ambrosia—best known for their superior strains and outstanding outdoor growing methods. Also, growing with them is Jason Yell at Y Tree Farms. “He’s a force to be reckoned with, he will be a staple in the farming community for sure. The guy is outstanding,” said Aaron.

Aaron is a cannabis connoisseur through and through, which is obvious in La Mota’s selection across all 15 locations. They even tier their product pricing with the varying needs of their customer base in mind. Using their quality based pricing structure, customers may, for example, select a “Premium” strain. Or if you are on a budget, check out their “Every Day Smoke.”

Through the weeks of getting to know these two industry moguls, I have learned that there truly is no excuse for rudeness or impatience in this business. Their day-to-day positive attitudes, willingness to learn and adapt, and the respect they give to everyone they work with has been the key to their success. This industry is exploding, and we are at the forefront of a multi-billion-dollar industry that is constantly bursting with infinite twists and turns. Be informed; educate yourself and your employees, and establish your brand with the consumer in mind. If the people are on your side, you’ll have a winning brand.

All eyes on La Mota.

 

About Royal Rosamond Press

I am an artist, a writer, and a theologian.
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