About Mary

Mary Carreon is an award-winning journalist from Southern California. She's currently the Associate Editor at MERRY JANE where she's bringing truth to the people one puff at a time.

Mary mainly covers cannabis, psychedelics, and general counterculture. She is specifically interested in covering where those beats intersect with music, social justice/equity, mental health, spirituality, feminism, and the environment. Her work's been featured in OC Weekly, Forbes, LA Weekly (RIP), Kitchen TokeSensi Magazine, High Times Magazine, MERRY JANE, DoubleBlind Mag, and more.

For ideas, pitches, and other collaborative endeavors drop her a line: marycarreonwrites@gmail.com

“Have A Good Trip” Is a Hilarious Doc on Psychedelics That We All Need Right Now

Can trees talk? What should you know when taking psychedelics? Are they a legitimate treatment for depression? These equally important questions are tackled in Donick Cary’s Have A Good Trip, a Netflix documentary featuring stories about tripping from A-list actors, comedians, and musicians. Carey, the former lead writer for The Late Night Show with David Letterman and co-executive producer for The Simpsons, breathes life into the weird and enlightening elements of psychedelic experiences throug

Check Out these Little Known Plant Medicines from Africa | DoubleBlind

As one of the world's oldest inhabited regions, Africa is home to a variety of plant medicines, so why don't we know more about this kingdom of ceremony? Africa is one of the oldest inhabited regions in the world, so, why don’t we know more about its indigenous plants? When you think of plant medicine (including fungi, though mushrooms aren’t technically plants), ayahuasca, peyote, San Pedro, and psilocybin cubensis are probably the first that come to mind—and tend to dominate the conversation.

Tasting Freedom: Dispatches From Lowell Café, LA's First Cannabis Restaurant

The City of Angels is on the brink of a major cultural shift, and Lowell Café, the new onsite consumption restaurant in West Hollywood, is at the epicenter. It’s fantastic that there are tons of places to buy legal weed in LA. But it’s lame-as-hell that there have been no true establishments to legally smoke delicious bud — until now. Last month saw the grand opening of Lowell Café, Los Angeles’ first legal onsite consumption restaurant. And it’s everything the city’s been missing. It’s a refug

DoubleBlind Magazine Is the Future of Psychedelics-Focused Journalism

There's no going back: psychedelics have permeated the medical field and American zeitgeist. And DoubleBlind Magazine is among few reputable sources covering this revolution. Psychedelics are a gateway to understanding the world in a deeper way — and they trigger conversations far bigger than your dose. Whether you’re on LSD or musing about your last ayahuasca journey, you’re usually not talking about the substance or plant itself...

Age Is Just a Number: 1960s Rockers Ace of Cups Are Jamming Harder Than Ever

We caught up with guitarist Denise Kaufman of all-female rock outfit Ace of Cups to talk LSD in the '60s, today's political climate, and what it means to be rocking out with her band at age 70. Acid. Hippies. Sex. Rock and roll. Haight Street. The ‘60s laid the foundation of the counterculture. It shaped art, music, politics, and created space for people to unify over issues preventing societal peace, love, consciousness, and community. Many of those issues — women’s rights, civil rights, free speech, corrupt government — are just as relevant today...

Get "Dosed": New Doc Explores Psychedelics as an Antidote to the Opioid Crisis

We spoke to a number of psychedelic community powerhouses — including Rick Doblin, Gabor Maté, and Rosalind Watts — for input on the greater implications of "Dosed" and how psychedelics could change society for the better. Psychedelics are changing the conversations around society’s deepest issues. From depression and anxiety, to PTSD and addiction, these substances and plant medicines offer a fresh lens on mental and emotional healing outside the (often unethical) confines of Western medicine...

Touch Down Celebration: Snoop Dogg’s Gangsta Gaming League Plays Madden 2019

This edition of GGL was an ultimate Madden showdown between Snoop and his life long gaming (and blazing) buds. Here's how it all went down. Snoop Dogg has been playing Madden since his days at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He’s also been gaming with the same group of friends since then, too. So when the most recent edition of Gangsta Gaming League (GGL) featured Madden 2019, Snoop knew exactly who to call for the most epic virtual football party.

Shroom Edibles Are the Future: Meet the High Priests of "The Mushroom Bible"

The duo behind Instagram's best psychedelics account want you to expand your mind by trying psilocybin-infused gummy worms or their Grilled Cheese ‘Shroomwich. Exploring the underbelly of Instagram is among my favorite activities. It leads you to the most visually fascinating corners of the interwebs, where Instagram models, influencers, and other people living their best (fake?) lives dare not embark. It’s the virtual place you go to tap into global drug culture...

Snoop Dogg's Gangsta Gaming League Gets a "Mortal Kombat 11" Smack Down

We got stoned with Snoop and 21 Savage to play the new "Mortal Kombat 11" in the latest installment of GGL. It was a party, to say the least. Dozens of people gathered at Snoop Dogg’s LA compound last night for another round of the Gangsta Gaming League: Mortal Kombat 11 edition. What made this round of GGL extra spicy was the fact Snoop and his gaming crew threw down on the beloved ‘90s game a day before it was released to the public. Plus, rapper 21 Savage, Rachel Ako (a Survivor contestant

Denver's Sweet Leaf Retail Owners Plead Guilty to Drug Charges, Serve Year in Jail

In December of 2017, Sweet Leaf, Colorado’s largest dispensary chain, was raided by Denver PD after a year-long undercover investigation into the business. Law enforcement shut down all locations for what the state refers to as “looping,” or selling more than the “legal” amount of cannabis to a customer at one time. Two years after the raid, the case came to a head today: Sweet Leaf’s owners Matthew Aiken, Christian Johnson, and Anthony Sauro pleaded guilty to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA)—a law that focuses on racketeering and illegal distribution of cannabis.

Devastating Woolsey Fire Impacts the Malibu Cannabis Community

The power went out early in the morning on Friday, Nov.9. All communication to the outside world was crippled. Yvonne Delarosa Green and her husband Sam Boyer were still in their Malibu home. At this point, the Woolsey fire already singed multiple neighboring canyons. According to Delarosa Green (who was one of High Times’ top 100 most influential women in cannabis in 2018) the flames were still far enough away to stay in their home–or so she thought.

Cathedral City Just Opened SoCal's First Legal Consumption Lounge

The issue with legalization in California—and many other adult-use states—is that there aren’t many places to legally consume cannabis in public. Many argue this is what makes “legalization” a scam: how is weed legal if you can only consume it in your home without consequence? One Southern California desert community is providing a solution to this problem. Cathedral City Lounge, located in the Coachella Valley, made history opening the region’s first licensed on-site consumption bar on Wednesday, October 31.

Why the Cannabis Industry Deserves Better Than Dana Rohrabacher

The cannabis industry idolizes Dana Rohrabacher. And, in many ways, he’s made it difficult not to revere him. He’s positioned himself as one of the leading political figures in the space by focusing on the reform of federal cannabis laws—the only area of politics the cannabis industry seemingly cares about. But, if this Administration’s taught us anything it’s that racism, discrimination, and inequality are synonymous with American culture—and they always have been.

Here's What You Need to Know to Throw a Lit Weed Wedding

It was a late Wednesday afternoon. 60 people gathered at Frank Sinatra’s former residence in Woodland Hills to witness Jeff and Serena Baleja walk down the aisle. But their wedding was far from traditional. After Jeff and Serena kissed to solidify their new union, Jeff reached into his pocket and pulled out two joints. He handed one to his wife and put the other to his lips. The officiator ignited a lighter and the newlyweds leaned in to light their joints.

Cannabis Industry And Insurance: California's Next Trend

While cannabis businesses need access to banking, the industry lacks financial services and support, including insurance options. No other line of businesses in America operates without insurance except cannabis, which is one of the elements hindering the industry from operating to its fullest potential. California is on the road to providing insurance support, but there's still a lot of gaps that need to be filled, particularly with regards to crop insurance.
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