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 counterculture. Specifically, she delves into where those subjects intersect with music, social justice/equity, feminism, and the environment. Her work's been featured in OC Weekly, Forbes, LA Weekly (RIP), Kitchen TokeSensi Magazine, High Times Magazine and more.

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

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 DUI’s Are Becoming A Thing, But Do They Hold Up In Court?

Cannabis is complex. And because of its federal standing, the plant will remain a mystery until it’s re/de-scheduled and scientists are allowed to study it. Until then, our understanding remains limited, which becomes a dilemma when states– such as California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, etc– start legalizing the herb because problems we don’t have solutions to are inevitably going to arise, like driving under the influence of cannabis.

Thanks to Dr. Daniele Piomelli, Big Things Are Happening at UC Irvine’s New Center for the Study of Cannabis

Irvine is mostly known for its pristinely manicured lawns, cookie-cutter houses, and a 10 p.m. nightlife curfew. In other words: surburbia at its dullest. But as of a month ago, the city will also be known for something else: UC Irvine’s Center for the Study of Cannabis, a multidisciplinary program that blends the schools of law, medicine, science, business, public health and engineering.

More Than A Lab: BelCosta Defines Cannabis Testing Standards

January 1, 2018, was the day commercial, and adult-use cannabis became legal in California. On the consumer side of regulation, the last seven months have been peachy—what’s not great about walking into any (legal) dispensary and waltzing out with a party bag of flower, edibles, concentrates and more? On the business side of the law, Jan. 1 also signified the start of a massive transition: shifting from an unregulated, black market to a legitimate industry. Part of this evolution involves cultiv

Cannabis (R)Evolution: Why We Observe The Day Of Oil

July 10 is officially here! Hallelujah! For those of you who didn’t pick up our inaugural 7/10 Guide issue last year, here’s the rundown: July 10, or 7/10, is holiday-cousins with April 20, the day cannabis-flower lovers pack bowls, roll-joints and pass blunts at 4:20 a.m. and p.m. But the cannabis revolution of the past decade has led to the plants inevitable evolution. Smoking flower is no longer the only way to consume cannabis. Cannabis-oil has changed the way people use and interact with th

World Cup Weekend One Round Up, Who’s Playing Next & What To Smoke

The first round of the 2018 World Cup kicked off last Thursday, giving football fans around the globe a reason to celebrate like Prince in 1999. For those who haven’t been watching, Russia is hosting the tournament. Of course, Putin made a cameo at the Russia versus Saudi Arabia game and was shown clapping and cheering for his team, which is obviously a sign that he’s calling the plays and substitutions from the stands. Duh.

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.

Traverse The Realms Of Consciousness With “The Book Of Highs”

They say humans are like snowflakes because no two are the same--and on a cellular level, that's true. On a non-physiological level, however,  humans are very similar; especially regarding our innate fascination with the intangible elements of life. More specifically, people have been obsessed with consciousness-- and exploring altered states of consciousness-- since the beginning of time. So although no two DNA's are the same, there are long-standing psychological/spiritual threads that not only connect us to each other, they also act as a link to the ancient civilizations we came from.

EXCLUSIVE: We Spent 4/20 With Damian Marley Talking About Injustice, Consciousness And The Power Of Herb

It was the wee hours of Wednesday morning, April 18, and the sun had yet to rise. I was adrift in my subconscious, scrolling through the feelings and disjointed thoughts that never make it to the surface. I hardly remember anything I dreamt about, except that I was in Jamaica and watching a young, short-haired Bob Marley perform in an outdoor venue to a massive crowd of thrilled, reggae-loving fans. The scenery was lush and green, and voluminous white clouds filled the sky. Nothing was out of t

Despite the Movies, Godfather of Ganja Cheech Marin Defies What It Means to be a Stoner

The camera pulls back to show a 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport driving along the coast. “I’ve got a joint here that I’ve been saving for a special occasion.” The next shot shows the infamous godfathers of cannabis: Richard “Cheech” Marin, with a majestic handlebar mustache, is driving the car and singing, “I’m nothing but a love machine.” He has guacamole in his shoe. In the passenger seat, Tommy Chong lights up a Maui-wowie doobie the size of a cardboard toilet-paper tube (and laced with “
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