Sacramento is looking for a new label, but a new invention by Tomato City “native son” Wichard Rong could throw a bong into plans for the rebranding as “America’s Farm to Fork Capital.”
Rong has invented the “cannabis gin,” a devilishly clever device that could triple the productivity of low-wage cannabis jobs earmarked by the City Council for underserved youths, and cement Sacramento’s reputation as “America’s Cannabis Capital.”
“Current ground-level cannabis jobs require menial labor that’s insulting to many low-income workers,” said Rong. “My invention will give these workers technical training, make Sacramento’s rapidly growing ecosystem a lot more equitable, and increase productivity.”
Critics say the improvements offered by the cannabis gin come at the steep cost of preventing young workers from breaking into other industries.
“Just look at the want ads,” says local labor attorney Joe Rogaine. “For example, utility companies won’t hire anyone who has grown, processed, transported, or sold up to 28.5 grams of marijuana. The cannabis gin will keep these low-wage workers in thrall to their white-privileged employers.”
Whitney Eli of the Stonewall Golden Mean Society thinks the City Council has been “terribly shortsighted” in rushing to adopt the drug trade. “No one has thought through what will happen to these young men and women if Sacramento becomes known as America’s Cannabis Capital,” she said.