RI brings drama to the Maine medical marijuana expo
Last weekend was the “Expo Cannabis” in Portland so I drove up to learn more about the state’s recently licensed dispensaries. I wasn’t the only Rhode Islander there- more than a handful of folks from the Ocean State made the trek, including the creators of two magazines, both called 1000 Watts.
I first met a man who calls himself “DJ Stone” ( real name Dana Johnson) in the lobby of the Fireside Inn and Suites the night before the conference. He handed me his most recent edition of 1000 Watts and claimed it was the real version- he’d fired some guys that had worked on the magazine and now they’d stolen the name and the website. They were also due to arrive at the conference, peddling a magazine called 1000 Watts.
A man who will only identify himself as “Drew” ( he says he does not want his last name associated with the marijuana magazine) says DJ Stone is his ex business partner who abandoned the project and never registered the company as an LLC. Drew says he continued on with the magazine, only to discover that DJ Stone has decided to make his own version.
Drew says he had been helping the medical marijuana conference organizers with the graphic design and publicity for the event. He says he only learned that DJ Stone was coming to Maine the night before the conference.
That night the medical marijuana community was buzzing about the conflict- what would happen when the two groups met up in the same room?
In the morning, DJ Stone set up his 1000 Watts table with his name spray painted in black on a white bed sheet. Drew’s group arrived and spread out its versions of 1000 Watts across two tables.
Drew says DJ Stone’s group started harassing him and then refused to leave the conference. Eventually he called the police. They arrived and threw DJ Stone out of the conference. DJ Stone says the police told him he had to leave because although both groups registered and paid for a table, Drew’s group had registered first.
Either way, it was remarkable to see the police at a medical marijuana expo not to raid or inspect but because a member of the conference asked them to come.
A really great portrayal of RI’s MM community. Why didn’t all you guys just stay home if that’s how you rep our community… You guys publish 2 different versions of 1000watts? Then take all your drama in public in another state! Why not just call your mag a different name and get over it?
Drew says he doesn’t regret the actions he took and maintains that he was professional and followed the advice of his lawyers. He has no plans to change the name of his magazine and is pursuing the matter in court.