CODE OF CONDUCT

Welcome to Kantoka!

Our mission is to create something for everyone, from the cannabis connoisseur to the curious; those seeking great products to those searching for valuable content or career opportunities in the cannabis industry.

We are also creating a safe space for everyone. Whether you engage with us and our network through our website, social media, or in-person, we want to ensure that we build our community through love, respect, acceptance and kindness. 

As we move through the new legal landscape, let’s work together to create a viable and sustainable industry that appeals to consumers and holds companies accountable. 

Please review our community guidelines. This is just a start and we will update this document as we continue to learn and educate ourselves. Think we missed something? Please email us at support@kantoka.com

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

a) Everyone is welcome to participate in our community, as long as you are of legal age to access cannabis content. (Although we believe everyone should have access to information, we are bound by the regulations).

b) Our platforms are a space for communication and growth. We welcome healthy debate, encourage questions, and accept challenges to the status quo. 

c) Whether you are leaving a public comment, a private message, or responding to a comment; violent, threatening, and abusive language will not be tolerated. We do not have to agree with each other but we must show respect in our communications. 

d) We are experiencing massive social, cultural, and generational shifts. Kantoka is committed to continually evolving and refining its message and use of language. We welcome compassionate call-ins and constructive feedback if we make a mistake and encourage our community members to hold us and one another accountable to these community guidelines.

e) Have fun! Kantoka is all about bringing people together who share a passion or curiosity for cannabis. 

DEFINITIONS

Safe Space: For the purposes of the Kantoka community, a safe space is defined as a place free from discrimination, harassment, intolerance, bullying, and trolling both online and offline. We encourage open and honest dialogue. We acknowledge that cannabis and related topics can be divisive and strive to foster a space where any disagreement is respectful and gentle. Our goal is to facilitate mindful and respectful conversation that is free from hateful or abusive language. 

Harassment:

a) Offensive comments related to sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, relationship status or family structure, mental or physical disability, neurotype, physical appearance, body, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, history of conviction, place of origin or religion

b) Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, habitation, and employment

c) Deliberate mis-gendering or dead-naming

d) Mis-gendering refers to using the wrong pronouns for someone

e) Dead-naming refers to using a name that someone no longer goes by

f) Gratuitous sexual comments or images 

g) Threats of violence, whether real or perceived

h) Incitement of violence towards any individual 

i) Encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm

j) Deliberate intimidation or hostility

k) Cyber-stalking

l) Logging online activity for harassment purposes, or posting non-harassing private communication without consent by the involved parties

m) Sustained disruption of discussion

n) Unwelcome sexual attention

o) Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease 

p) Microaggressions

q) Impersonating someone else, identity theft or cat-fishing

r) Doxxing or sharing personal information non-consensually

s) Violent Language: Violent or toxic language is a way of communicating that can cause harm to others. This can include threatening, labeling, blaming, gas-lighting, or the use of offensive words or slurs.

Microaggressions: Microaggressions are small and subtle slights towards or about an individual that overtime, add up to a toxic environment and can result in feelings of shame, anxiety and burnout. E.g. constant comments about someone’s appearance or frequent dismissal of their contributions

Implicit Bias or Unconscious Bias: Is the unconscious attribution of particular qualities to a member of a certain social group. Implicit stereotypes are shaped by experience and based on learned associations between particular qualities and social categories, including race and/or gender.

Call-ins: Compassionately calling someone in means holding them accountable in a way that is kind, productive and sustainable. We are all learning; if someone makes a mistake or unintentionally says something problematic, invite them into conversation instead of attacking, demeaning or belittling them. 

REPORTING & ENFORCEMENT

If you witness or experience discrimination or harassment of any kind, please reach out to our team at support@kantoka.com. If you are unsure if your experience constitutes discrimination or harassment, let us know anyway and we will be happy to talk through it with you.

OUR PROCESS

i) You report an incident to us – the more information you can provide the better (screenshots, photos, witnesses)

ii) Our team will evaluate the situation, referencing this code of conduct

iii) We’ll come to a decision within one week (unless otherwise stated)

iv) If we feel the code of conduct has been breached, we will take immediate action which may include one or more of the following:

v) A warning 

vi) Temporary ban from the site/social media channel

vii) Permanent ban from the site/social media channel

viii) You will be notified of the outcome either way

Discrimination and harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Community administrators reserve the right to delete comments and ban individuals from our site and social media channels who violate our safe spaces. 

We’re learning and we know you are too – we endeavor to make each mistake a learning opportunity for our whole community.

RESOURCES

Calling In – A Quick Guide on When and How

What is a microaggression?

11 Signs of Gaslighting

7 Types of Online Harassment to Watch Out For

Online Harassment Manual

Safe Spaces, Explained

What Are Safe Spaces?

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We want to thank Cicely Blain for help with editing and definitions to ensure inclusivity in our language. 

We acknowledge that Kantoka operates on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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