What is verp?
Verp is a fresh take on cannabis news for industry insiders, with stories you won’t find anywhere else on the web.
The reason you wont find them anywhere else on the web is because they are mostly satirical fiction. Many companies and individuals in our stories are hyperbolic caricatures of some of the archetypes we see at play in this emergent industry. Sometimes we use real names if we think they won’t sue us.
Verp is run a by a team of longtime Canadian cannabis professionals. Our goal is to bring our understanding of the Canadian cannabis landscape to play in a way that is both humourous and thought provoking.
We hope you enjoy.
Have you been verped?
First off, let us apologize. It’s the Canadian thing to do. We’re sorry. Eh. But we didn’t really mean any harm. And as a token of our appreciation, we’d like to offer you a t-shirt. Think of it as a badge of honour. The few, the proud, the verped. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred size and we’ll send one your way.
Who are we?
Don de Cosmos began working in medical cannabis back in 2001 at the Victoria Cannabis Buyers’ Club, one of Canada’s oldest dispensaries, located in Victoria BC. After being arrested at work and banned from the premises pending trial, Don retired to the forests and beaches of Pender Island BC for a couple of years before undertaking a degree in semiotics at the University of Toronto, and then an MA in English Literature from the University of Victoria.
Don re-entered the cannabis space in 2012, again working at the VCBC for a year before leaving to work as a freelance editor and writer, eventually landing gigs with Lift News and Canlio.
Emilia Skyman has 5 years experience as a freelance growth hacker and social media guru.
Brock Kentman is a hard-drinking, hard-writing, crusty ‘ol news hound who [says he] has never lost a poker hand to Donald de Cosmos. And if Don tells you otherwise, he’s [definitely not] lying. When he’s not tapping out Pulitzer prize winning scoops, Kentman travels the world via boxcar.
Would you like to verp?
We often get submissions from people who have a clever take on reality in the ‘ol cannab-biz, as those of us in the canna-biz, like to say. You know, in the biz of canna-bis. Get it? It’s one of the many clever pot puns those of us in the ‘ol canna-biz just love to use at every possible opportunity. Anyway, if you want to verp, hit up the contact page and send ‘ol Donald de Cosmos an email with your ideas. We can’t pay you yet, but maybe one day. Maybe. But think of all the exposure!