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My Secular Mary series began as a meditation on the disconnection I’ve felt throughout my life with depictions of women deemed to be “holy” or revered by organized religions—specifically in the many varied forms of Christianity. I spent an early nine years submerged and confused in the teachings of Catholicism and never once felt connection, aspiration, or even shared sense of humanity with the women portrayed in religious art— and this very much was true of the imagery and archetypes of adult womanhood that was provided for young girls in my small Midwestern town as a whole throughout my childhood. I’ve grown up to be a woman that is constantly caught in wonder of the beauty, strength, and magnetism of other women. I am awed by the diversity of expressions there are for being a woman in this world. I wanted to shift the gaze of what is to be revered as holy to a reverence and meditation of what it is to be a woman as seen by other women. A veneration of what it is within women that sparks notions of magic, of the divine. My hope is to document this holy spirit and produce these works as a new canon, to sanctify the notion of womanhood as one that broadens our notion of the feminine.
I was trained in Apparel and Fashion Design and worked as a Footwear and Accessories Designer at Madewell in NYC before moving west for the beginning of cannabis legalization in WA. I am a founder at the Creative Director of Raven, an organic Cannabis company in Olympia, WA and one of the authors of “Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis” (Tin House Books, Portland, OR). I currently work as a freelance illustrator, muralist, and spend most all of my free time finding more ways to stay covered in paint. —Nichole Graf
Dating is tricky enough, so how do you unload on your new love interest your love for cannabis. The first time they find out about your relationship with cannabis should not be as you move in and unpack a 2-foot bong. Between the stigma of being a stoner and the legality issues of Mary Jane’s flowers, bringing up your involvement with cannabis can be a tricky one when you first start dating. So, how do you do dating and cannabis?
SPARK THE CONVERSATION
When I first began dating my boyfriend, the conversation was really easy! However, our first date included a bong followed by comical memes. For some people, it’s not that easy. You may have found a great spark with someone, but you’re not so sure about sparking your lighter around them yet.
Strike up the conversation through a thought-provoking article about cannabis legalization. It’s a great ice-breaker to show that you care about more than just “getting high.” If that isn’t your style, it’s always best to just ask point blank. This can be a first date question or a fifth date question but it’s one that should be brought up before things get too serious.
IT'S NOT 4:20, BUT IS IT THE 'RIGHT' TIME?
Just how you talk about your favorite color, your dog, and your childhood home, if you are passionate about cannabis, talk about it! If you’re an everyday smoker they are going to find out eventually so you might as well bring it up as soon as you can. You never know, you may find out they are just as passionate about it as you are. The right time is your time, and when you feel comfortable having that conversation.
It’s like your political party. You can be a Democrat and date a Republican. You may have some tiffs about politics but it doesn’t mean you can’t respect your partner's opinion. Dating someone who is completely against cannabis may not be the best idea if you are very passionate, but dating someone who doesn’t participate can be very successful.
If your partner does not enjoy cannabis or is against legalization, take a step back to understand why they believe that. For some, cannabis is lumped in with all other drugs and that’s something you shouldn’t take offense to. Just be willing to hear them out and live a life that kills the stigma.
Explain your side. Tell your partner why you enjoy cannabis. If they are strongly against it, then maybe the relationship isn’t a good fit. Cannabis use is just another factor to consider when you are looking for a potential partner.
THEY LOVE IT! ROLL ONE UP!
My preferred 2nd or 3rd date involves an outdoor activity and a joint. It’s a great way to get to know someone. They always say you make the best friends in smoking circles. If you have met a fellow cannabis lover, start your new romance right with a first bowl instead of a first drink. With online dating, we’ve become more prone to putting ourselves out there. Using descriptions like “420-friendly” in your dating profile is a good way to meet other fellow cannabis lovers.
Let’s say you have an amazing date and they love cannabis as well. So why not share your new found common interest and get to know each other? Make a day of it. In legal states, take a trip to a dispensary together, get a joint, go on a hike, and be willing to be open and vulnerable.
Cannabis and dating shouldn’t be a tricky thing. With the rise in popularity, you may be surprised to find out that your date across the table loves it just as much as you do. Cannabis can be a great way to take the edge off and get to know each other. It’s wise to start conversations about cannabis early on if it’s important to you. You may be surprised who sets a spark in you and not just your lighter.
If you didn't know, now you do: the cannabis industry has been undergoing a tremendous re-branding shift. Strategic marketing by entrepreneurs has re-framed our favorite herbal remedy as a luxury commodity; making weed fashionable, if you will. White Rabbit High Tea — an upscale event planning company — is one such business to have honed in on the discriminating and lucrative market of the luxury cannabis consumer.
Jessica Cole, the founder of White Rabbit High Tea, acknowledges that part of the mission has been, "Elevating [the reputation of cannabis] from the gutter, to the silver platter." Her Los Angeles-based company has done so with remarkable success. Each of their invite-only high tea parties is held at chic destinations like WeHo's Petit Ermitage hotel. Not to mention, they're currently booked solid with a four-month waitlist.
If you're getting Alice in Wonderland vibes, it's no accident. Each high tea party resembles the type of experience you'd expect to have down the rabbit hole.
Events take place with anywhere from 24-34 guests, invited to take part in a sophisticated high tea — with a stoney twist. After enjoying their choice of non-medicated (i.e. non-cannabis-infused) teas and small bites, guests explore and enjoy a wide variety of the latest cannabis-goodies the booming industry has to offer.
From flower, edibles, drinkables, and beyond, the industry's crème-de-la-crème of new products is enjoyed. Guest lists include different brand representatives who supply the parties, ensuring that even seasoned stoners have a variety of new ways to score their “up scale” high.
Part of the magic comes from the ambiance. It isn't simply a garden party; it's an elevated cannabis experience. Close attention to aesthetics keeps decor classy and on-theme, and all guests are expected to abide by a "date night" dress code. A costume box and theatrical characters supplement the party's immersive flair, ranging from Tarot card readers and poets, to high-end cabaret dancers.
Not to mention, there is an added element of community-building at work. With the camaraderie of like-minded company, the gourmet goodies — all inviting you to, "Eat me!" or "Drink me!" — are just one part of White Rabbit High Tea’s appeal.
If you're lucky enough to score an invite, you'll be gaining entry to an unforgettable "high tea" experience. Until then, you can look forward to the launch of their product line, MIMSY. Selections will offer high quality items, such as tea sets and tea trays, as well as a hostess guide book to holding your own weed-themed events.
MJ got our own private White Rabbit experience where Jessica shared with us her most recent Big News!