About Mary

Mary Carreon is an independent journalist, editor, and podcaster from Southern California. She reports on Schedule I drugs and the myriad ways they impact our culture. She also co-hosts a podcast called Erased where she reports on the climate crisis and environmental news. She's passionate about the solutions hemp and non-psychoactive fungi can provide in the fight against pollution and climate change. Mary's a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and is a 2022 SEJ Fellow. 

You can find Mary's work in KCRW, Billboard, DoubleBlind Magazine, The LAnd Magazine, MERRY JANE, Kitchen Toke Magazine, High Times Magazine, OC Weekly, Forbes, and more. 

For ideas, pitches, consulting (this includes "picking her brain"), or to have her as a guest on your podcast—drop her a line: marycarreonwrites@gmail.com. 

The Drawdown Hemp Project Is Quantifying Hemp’s Potential for Reducing Carbon Emissions

We’ve all heard people say it: “Hemp will save the world!” But what does that mean, exactly? That was the topic of conversation on the Lancaster Farming podcast earlier this month. Journalist Eric Hurlock interviewed Bruce Dietzen of Drawdown Hemp, a coalition dedicated to quantifying the carbon sequestration powers of hemp products, such as hempcrete, hemp biochar, biofuel, and more. Their conversation broached a key question rarely discussed: Where the hell is the data proving hemp is a silver bullet for our climate woes?

Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival Has Cannabis Representation on Lineup, Thanks to Lizzy Jeff

Cannabis is the eau de parfum of music festivals. It's the substance no one thinks twice about consuming but is more prevalent than drinking water. Whether you're dancing to music, ordering spicy pie, watching the sunset melt into tomorrow, or wandering around looking for your campsite, weed is everywhere. Even when you can't see it, you can usually smell it. Why? Because cannabis has been the backbone of music festivals since the beginning of time — or at least since the '60s. So, why doesn't it have a more significant presence in festival programming, particularly the education- and wellness-oriented transformational festivals?

Carbon Correction: The Cannabis and Climate Connection No One Is Talking About

Maybe you've heard that cultivating cannabis is bad for the environment. Perhaps you've seen headlines saying that growing an ounce of indoor cannabis emits the equivalent amount of carbon as burning a full tank of gas. Or maybe you've read reports that say growing a few pounds of weed yields the same environmental toll as driving across America seven times. All of this is (mostly) true. Indoor cannabis cultivation is not environmentally friendly. This method requires hours of blasting air conditioning, heating (if you live in snowy regions), lighting, air filtration systems and irrigation. Aside from swapping high voltage lights with LEDs, there are few green solutions for indoor grows to lessen their carbon footprint.

Viva La Raza: CA Leaf Magazine Equality Issue, May 2022

[PG 26] It’s clear the drug war is a scam. The pop history of Reagan’s “Just Say No” fails to paint a complete portrait of America’s anti-drug ethos. It even predates Nixon’s vapid fear of LSD and naked hippies, and Harry Anslinger’s racist weed propaganda of the ‘30s. America’s drug phobia – and specific hatred of Cannabis – began when an influx of Mexicans migrated into the U.S. to flee the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Many brought Cannabis with them over the border, making it a target of racist demonization by the U.S. Government.

CA weed: Who can make money amid high taxes and bagful of regulations?

*LISTEN TO THE SEGMENT* California grew millions of pounds of legal cannabis in 2021. But instead of harvesting that product to sell in dispensaries, many legal cultivators intentionally let tens of thousands of pot plants rot, while others set piles of their buds aflame. Spring would typically be the time farmers begin sowing seeds to harvest in the fall, but many legal farmers aren’t planting at all this year because they simply can’t afford to.

Half-Baked: The Worst Celebrity Weed Brands

In the 2010s, there was a moment when every celebrity was a DJ. A decade later, the obnoxious trend du jour demands that every weed-adjacent celebrity have their own vanity weed brand. This fact shouldn’t surprise anyone paying attention to the swift corporate appropriation of a once-outlaw industry. After all, few things perpetuate the get-money-at-all-costs, late-capitalist mentality like celebrity culture. In cannabis, entertainers see yet another opportunity to make a branded buck.

Season of the Witch: An Oral History of Crypto Coven

The High Witches open up the project's unlikely beginnings, how they collectively conjured such a detailed world, and breaking the spell of the male gaze. Aletheia and Nyx, two artists who work in tech, were bleaching each other’s roots during the 2021 lockdown when they noticed a new Twitter fad unfolding: People were uploading NFTs of Apes and pixelated punks as their profile photos. They started exploring various NFT projects, but none resonated with them personally, let alone enough to use as an avatar.

The Psychedelic Renaissance Is Ushering In a New Genre Of Electronic Music

I pulled a black eye mask over my eyes and placed a pair of sound-canceling headphones over my ears. The sound of rain falling over piano notes and a sporadic symbol rang in my ears as a nurse practitioner at Field Trip Health, a legal ketamine clinic in Los Angeles, injected 35 milligrams of FDA-approved ketamine into my left arm. The sensation of moving backward on a slow roller coaster consumed my body, as I descended to the bottom floor of a black abyss. I entered the upside-down.

5 years of legal weed in CA: Barriers to entry, social equity challenges, booming illicit market

Cannabis has now been legal for recreational use in California for five years. There were high hopes when California adopted The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Prop 64) in 2016. The idea was to bring in money from taxes, reel back the impacts of the years-long war on drugs, expunge marijuana misdemeanors, and legalize the state’s illicit cultivators and sellers. What has actually happened in the years since? Not all of the state’s dreams have come true, including in LA. Greater LA looks at how fa

Policing for Drugs at Music Festivals Is Linked to “Panic Overdoses,” Research Shows

If you attend music festivals regularly (or used to in the Before Times), you've likely witnessed someone get hassled for drugs. Getting coerced by a plainclothes officer and quickly surrounded by a group of cops salivating for evidence as they search your pockets and through your bag will ruin any weekend — and possibly your life. But even the threat of these policing tactics may cause harm to attendees, according to researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Man Accused of Dealing Weed and Shrooms May Face Over 30 Years in Prison

An Indiana man may go to prison for 33 years on two felony drug counts for dealing cannabis and mushrooms, according to reports. Kansas City Police say that 30-year-old Adam Davis also faces a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance, which is cannabis in this instance. He was booked into jail on October 21st. It all went down in February 2021, when Kansas Highway Patrol pulled Davis over. Police say they found 147 grams of psilocybin mushrooms in vacuum-sealed bags inside his veh

Philip Morris Is Calling for an All Out Cigarette Ban By the End of This Decade

Jacek Olczak, the CEO of massive tobacco enterprise Philip Morris, just urged the UK government to ban all cigarettes — yes, including its own Marlboro brand — within a decade. This seems sus, no? Olczak believes that cigarettes should be treated like gasoline-burning cars, which are slated to be banned from 2030 onwards in the UK in an attempt to cut greenhouse gasses. “[I] can see the world without cigarettes… and, actually, the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone.”

Sha’Carri Richardson’s Suspension for Weed Proves the Olympics Don’t Give a Fuck About Science

That’s the tweet Sha’Carri Richardson, a 21-year-old American track and field sprinter known as the “fastest woman in the world,” left us with on the morning of Thursday, July 1. The tweet preceded news that set the internet aflame: Richardson will not run in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended her after testing positive for THC.

Keepers of the Matrix: A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Sacred Cacti

Mushrooms are en vogue. In fact, they’ve pretty much become the emblem of the psychedelic revolution. But, they’re not the only natural and widely accessible entheogen that’s capable of bringing us eye-level with the mysteries of the universe. On par with psilocybin or ayahuasca, several types of succulents also have the power to lift reality’s veil and connect us to the divine, through naturally-occurring mescaline, 5-MeO-DMT, and DMT.
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