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Weedsday Playlist: The Weed Blog’s Leah Maurer Shares 5 Songs for Your Next Smoke Sesh - Magnetic Magazine
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For more than a decade, Maurer has been advocating for rational cannabis policies. Thrust into the world of activism after she and her family experienced a traumatic raid and home invasion for growing medical cannabis in Missouri, Maurer became a full-time cannabis reform activist. That’s when she and her family moved to Portland and began working towards cannabis law reform. One of several people who helped found New Approach Oregon, she remained involved in the Yes on 91 campaign, creating a group entirely through grassroots efforts called Moms for Yes on Measure 91 (now renamed Oregon Moms for Cannabis Law Reform). After the legalization victory, Maurer helped launch and co-chair the Portland chapter for Women Grow, which became one of the largest cannabis business networking groups in the state, and played a big role in the development of the organization’s overall brand.

When Maurer’s not spending time with her husband and three children, she creates and sources content as co-owner of the popular cannabis news and information website The Weed Blog and serves as the Branding and Outreach Manager at Yerba Buena Farms. Because MAGNETIC admires Maurer’s activist work and her passion for normalizing cannabis, we asked her to share her five favorite tunes for your next sesh. 

“Going Out West” by Tom Waits (Mr Jennings Remix)

After my husband Travis and I experienced a para-military style home invasion in March of 2009 in Columbia, Missouri, we were faced with some tough decisions to say the least. We had many legal, emotional, and financial issues to deal with after the raid, and, as hard as it was, we felt we had no choice but to move away from our home state and head to Oregon to try and start fresh. Not only did Oregon give us a fresh start, but it gave us the space to help pave the way for cannabis law reform in both Oregon and Missouri. Moving 2000 miles away from everything I knew and loved and uprooting not just myself but my (at the time) two young children was probably the most difficult and emotionally draining decision I ever made. I cried my eyes out when we got in the truck and headed West from Missouri for a final goodbye. I listened to the Widespread Panic version of “Going Out West” (originally written by Tom Waits), and it gave me both hope and inspiration. Turns out it was also correct on many fronts as well….our life in Portland has definitely been a silver lining to the trauma we experienced that “exiled” us from our home state. I like this remix of the song from Mr. Jennings, and I still listen to this edit and the Widespread Panic version sometimes when I need a reminder about how I got to be to where I am today. 

“On and On” by Erykah Badu

My college years of music were mostly heavy with jam bands like Phish, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, String Cheese, etc. But, I did have lots of roomates during the course of those years, many whom were girls, and we would often enjoy our post-college class backyard or living room seshes to this song. Not only is Erykah Badu a great role model and an inspiration for female empowerment, but her voice and the way it intertwines with the music is so satisfying to the ears! We would chill to this song while taking our bong hits or get up and have a dance party in the living room if we were passing a joint. I still have to dance (and reminisce!) each time I hear it.

“Call It What You Want” by Foster the People

Being a mama of three, I spend a fair amount of my time doing pretty mundane household chores…dishes, laundry, sweeping, scrubbing toilets…you get the idea. I figured out a long time ago that these tasks could be a lot more fun and go by quite a bit faster if I smoked a high sativa strain and put on some good music. My favorite sativas vary (although my current, and steady, favorite right now is the Silver Hawk from Yerba Buena Farms). I love the positive energy that comes from this song in both the lyrics and the music itself. It’s the number one song on my cleaning playlist. It compliments the tasks at hand and the uplifting feeling I get from the cannabis, perfectly! See if it works for you too.

“Ohio” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

In the last months of the Measure 91 campaign in Oregon, I founded a group called Moms for YES on Measure 91. Less than a month before voting day, I was asked to be a spokesperson for a particular press conference that the Measure 91 campaign put on. At the time, I had never really done any public speaking before, and I found out that I was going to be featured in this press conference less than 24 hours before it happened. I needed a little prep, but mostly was able to speak from my heart about why I so wholeheartedly believed that marijuana would be better off in a legalized, regulated system for children and families. This was the song I listened to in the car that morning on my way to speak at the press conference because it has always been one of my favorites about social justice and change and standing up for what you believe in. I was later told that the press conference I took part in that day was a pivotal moment in the campaign momentum, and Measure 91 did indeed pass just a few weeks later. 

“Throwing Stones” by Grateful Dead

This has been one of my favorites ever since I stumbled upon the magical music of the Grateful Dead. This song has gone side by side with my love for cannabis since I really started to love it at the same time that I started to consume cannabis on the regular. I enjoy this song for dancing, backyard seshes, and, of course, live with friends. As we all know, the Grateful Dead is no longer together, but I loved hearing so many of their songs at the Dead Reunion Tour in 2015 with about 80,000 other DeadHeads who were definitely enjoying their cannabis during the (entire) show! Our best local Dead cover band in Portland is the Garcia Birthday Band, and it’s always a treat to hear this one, especially when I come back in from the set break sesh. I can’t help but also draw some parallels in life as it lies currently with this song. The lyrics state: “If the game is lost then we're all the same, No one left to place or take the blame, We will leave this place an empty stone, Or that shining ball of blue we can call our home.” We are all here in this together, and all ships rise at high tide.

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