We met with Margaret B (aka @APrettyCoolGirl) a photographer and director originally from the Midwest, now living in California, who’s currently traveling around the US documenting themed “love motels” for her project A Pretty Cool Hotel Tour.
Hey Margaret! Tell us about your earliest memory of cannabis?
I was homeschooled and very sheltered as a kid but a babysitter once played Because I Got High by Afroman while we were driving and I felt like I was listening to something in a foreign language. I downloaded the song off of Limewire, memorized the lyrics, and tried to understand what it was talking about. It was probably another decade before I was in the same room as someone actually using cannabis!
What does your perfect Sunday look like?
Waking up without an alarm, having breakfast at a diner (or making diner food at home during a pandemic), and sitting by a pool or body of water for a couple of hours.
Do you ever use cannabis when making art?
I actually prefer to use it when I don’t have anything to do but…feel. I have tried painting while using though and that was a really nice experience so I’m sure I’ll be branching out.
What’s your preferred consumption method?
My preference is definitely a joint. I started off with edibles and that was too unpredictable for getting the hang of things. I like the slow consumption but more immediate reaction of smoking. I love sitting out by a campfire and looking up at the stars or during the day taking a swim.
If you could share a joint with any person alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Honestly this quarantine has gone on so long I just want to share a joint with my own friends already!
Which artist are you really excited about right now?
I’m not usually someone who follows fashion closely but lately I’ve been so inspired by people making clothing that speaks to me. I think something about quarantining has taught me about why I wear what I wear, and how much it affects my mood. I’m in love with everything Selkie is making, such a dream! The other company that’s so exciting to see is Neon Cowboys. They just know how to live!
What gets you excited about the cannabis industry?
I avoided cannabis for so long because it felt like such a judgemental space if you didn’t consume. Once I met a few rad women in the industry who were focused on education I felt so welcomed into finding my own path that it really opened that door for me. It’s felt like such a different space now that I’m learning from Roze Volca (she really helped me find my footing), Green Goddess Glow, Nice Paper and other leaders in that space. It excites me to see education at the forefront and I hope to continue to see that get amplified. The war on drugs has been such a racist and tragic tool in this country and I think it’s especially important for folks like me to understand how many people of color are still in jail for something I’m now allowed to do so openly. That has to change.
If you could give one piece of advice to the entire world, what would it be?
Let love be your motivator and don’t give up hope.