Green Queen - Mary Jane Gibson
Mary Jane Gibson [yes, Mary Jane is her real name] is a writer for various publications like the Rolling Stone, Green Entrepreneur, and more. An actress, former lifestyle, entertainment and culture editor at High Times, and co-host on the Weed + Grub podcast. Mary Jane Gibson is a prominent female voice in one of the largest emerging industries and worldwide cultural shifts in modern times, traveling the world tracking the legalization of medical marijuana, adult use cannabis and CBD with integral public figures, brands and personalities since 2007.
She’s the co-host of the top rated Weed + Grub podcast alongside fellow actor/comedian Mike Glazer. Her unique perspective in cannabis and world culture has earned her work with numerous media outlets, including Playboy and PBS, and the title “one of the 15 most powerful women in the weed industry” by Complex Magazine. Mary Jane has conducted in-depth celebrity interviews with Margaret Cho, Melissa Etheridge, Awkwafina, Charlie Sheen, Jim Belushi, Laganja Estranja, and the Super Troopers. She also created and starred in the piece “Fatal Attraction in 10 Minutes” with Reggie Watts for his show Radio Play at PS122.
We were lucky enough to sit down [virtually of course] with Mary Jane Gibson, the badass boss babe of cannabis for this week's Green Queen.
Cannabis and psychedelics have brought me joy, taught me about myself, healed me, unlocked my creativity, introduced me to some of my dearest friends, given me a writing career, inspired my podcast, and educated me about the world. It’s an incredible medicine, teaching tool, and safer alternative to alcohol and other substances. I believe it’s one of the things that can help move the world to the next level, as we undergo massive upheaval in the name of systemic change.
What are you passionate about?
Cannabis, civil rights, the counterculture, marginalized voices, theater, music, comedy, food, and embracing every moment of life.
What does authenticity mean to you?
Not lying, hiding, or being afraid to say I don’t know. Being vulnerable. Being uncomfortable in order to learn. Not pretending.
What makes you authentic?
I don’t have talking points. I have a strong viewpoint, without an agenda. I try to give my full attention to anyone I’m speaking with, and listen with my full being. I laugh at the absurdity of life, when I can, and acknowledge the deep pain many people sit with every day.
What is your mission in life?
To leave things better than I found them; engage in conversations that I’ll learn from, and do better every day; spread knowledge and truth about cannabis and plant medicines; tell stories that people enjoy.
Anything special that you want to share?
As corporate cannabis eyes a new sector of profitability, and is rolling out campaigns to appear to “mainstream,” or first-time consumers, I want to normalize getting high. There’s a lot of messaging that veers away from getting stoned, or baked, or high… and I want to say, that’s an aspect of the plant that shouldn’t be shunned or hidden. It’s sacramental, spiritual, healing, happiness-inducing, appetite-stimulating… getting high as a responsible adult is more than all right. It’s a wonderful thing.