When California joined the recreational cannabis market, rapper MC FLOW gave fans a backstage pass with her single WELCOME TO THE DISPENSARY.
Filmed at San Diego’s must-see weed boutique, URBN LEAF, the video follows Flow as she shops for her favourite products and dances with her fellow customers.
MC FLOW is a San Diego based rapper, writer, and Cannabis Queen. Her musical platform is simple — cannabis and music can change the world! We knew we had to find out more about this canna queen, so we were so happy when she took some time out to answer a few questions about her journey in the cannabis industry!
What is your personal connection to cannabis?
My personal connection to cannabis is that she’s my greatest teacher. Sometimes she’s my healer. Sometimes she’s my friend. Cannabis is part of my daily life, my daily practice. Above all, I believe cannabis is medicine. I’ve struggled with depression on and off throughout my life and cannabis helps my moods and energy levels immensely. And of course, she helps with creativity, which is a vital force in my life.
How excited are you about California’s legalization?
I’m very excited, but also hesitant to get too excited because legalization is such a complex issue. On a personal level, I’m thrilled that going to the dispensary is no longer something I have to do alone. In the past, very few of my friends and family members had medical recommendations so going to the dispensary was a solo mission. Now, with the change in regulations, I can take my mom, my friends, my loved ones. I can use my knowledge and experience to help others and that feels great. But, of course I still have concerns — about taxes pricing patients out and patients having access to proper dosages and products. And we can’t talk about cannabis legalization without talking about the people still sitting in prison for possessing something we now call “legal.” Those individuals deserve to be freed and they need the support of the cannabis community when they transition back into this new world of legal weed.
How does cannabis effect your music?
Cannabis and music go hand in hand for me because I love nothing more than smoking a joint and listening to good music. In terms of writing music, sometimes cannabis is involved, sometimes it’s not – depends on whether I’m writing alone or with others. If I’m alone, I’m usually smoking something LOL. It helps me tap into a different level of creation where I’m more playful, less critical, and overall just more open.
What has PITL done for you?
More than anything, “Pot in the Latkes” changed things in my personal life because suddenly everyone wanted to talk to me about cannabis – moms at school drop-off, neighbors, my parents and their friends! People started telling me stories about family members who were using CBD and how it was changing their lives. It was like it opened the floodgates and that motivated me. It made me realize how many of us have been living in a “cannabis closet” for so long and how necessary it is to come out! It made me want to write more about cannabis and explore more, and that’s where the songs on Her Highness come from.
What does your zerofucks attitude mean for your activism?
For me, giving zero fucks means caring less about what others think of you or what you “should” do and leading with your heart. I want more of that in all aspects of my life this year – including my activism. So I guess it means speaking out more – using my music and interviews like this to fight against the outdated stigma surrounding cannabis. In 2018, some people still believe that weed makes you lazy and unmotivated. I’d like to invite those people into my home, where most days by noon I’ve done school drop-off, attended hot yoga, gone grocery shopping, and written a song. I dare anyone to call me lazy!
Do you have any mom guilt when it comes to cannabis?
I don’t have mom guilt around cannabis because my partner (who doesn’t smoke) and I check in regularly & have developed a system that works well for our family. She knows it’s something that helps me tremendously and she supports me. I don’t medicate/smoke in front of my daughter because she is six and not quite old enough to have the full cannabis discussion. I’m sure that will change as she gets older. And hopefully by the time she’s a teenager, cannabis will be legal nationwide and the national conversation as a whole will be different.
What does success in cannabis look like for you?
This one’s easy! Success in cannabis means smoking a blunt with Snoop Dogg! Once I’ve done that, I’ll know I’ve made it.