Cannabis Conversations with Parents: What Were You Taught About Cannabis Growing Up?

Older generations who came of age in the 60s through the 80s might have been raised in more conservative or religious households, where the conversation around cannabis was less commonplace and more stigmatized than it is today. But do you think that stopped these parents from using cannabis themselves? While some of these parents didn't get to discuss cannabis with their parents, they still grew up to be cannabis consumers, and would then have to renegotiate that conversation with their own children. 

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Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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