Mary Carreón is an independent journalist, editor, copywriter, and podcaster from Southern California. Her work has appeared in Insider, Billboard, KCRW/NPR, High Times Magazine, DoubleBlind Magazine, Forbes, OC Weekly, LA Weekly, and many other publications.
Mary reports on Schedule I drugs, culture, the environment, and often where these worlds intersect. Her reporting also touches on the underbelly of wellness culture trends.
Mary's written stories on pesticides; nuclear waste; local water politics; cannabis and psychedelics drug policy; the sustainability of cannabis cultivation; hemp "meat" and other alternative meats; the sustainability and conservation of Palo Santo; labor issues in the crystal trade; the collapse of California's cannabis industry; buying drugs on the internet; the emergence of new music genres for the use of psychedelic therapy; the mad honey trade; how the DEA believes it has the power to determine the legitimacy and sincerity of entheogenic religions; and much more.
Most of Mary's work aims to humanize drug culture and explore the real-world impacts of drug policies that impact access and the environment. As a third-generation Mexican and Guatemalan, she's also dedicated to amplifying Latine and BIPOC voices, issues, and perspectives.