July 2, 2022 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

L.A. Cannabis Culture Finds Its Queen

With marijuana sales officially legal in California, people have been learning more about its healing effects. The self-proclaimed “Medicine Woman with Goddess Flow,” Lizzy Jeff, has taken the cannabis industry by storm with her curated event series “Zen and Kush,”  which she described to LA Weekly as “redefining culture and rebuilding community.” As an African-American woman using art, cannabis and healing to curate her own opportunities and experiences, Jeff recognizes how her strong presence in the world of art, rap, and bud-tending is in itself revolutionary.

“Existing in this space, the cannabis space, as an African-American woman and what that represents is very powerful, very inspiring. I think about when I was just a little hood kid, and nobody gave a fuck about a hood kid,” Jeff told LA Weekly. “If you think about communities highly affected by the War on Drugs, I’m putting myself in a position to make an impact, provide education and awareness. I think about the opportunity that I love to get my groceries at Erewhon. You go to South L.A. where I grew up, people don’t even have the option to be healthy.”

In today’s L.A., legalized weed is creating the opportunity for new community spaces like Jeff’s “Zen and Kush” to pop up. Described as an “art experience,” the series, in addition to being alcohol-free, tackles topics like gender, sexuailty, and sensuality through self-healing and performance art. During a political moment where self care – especially queer self-care – is seen as radical, Jeff is creating a space for Angelenos to discover self care on their own terms, with the help of some green intervention.

For many years, healthy lifestyles have been catered to white families. Organic markets and health culture has often excluded minorities and disregarded people who don’t have access to healthier and fresher products. As discussed in professor and researcher Julie Guthman’s study “Bringing Good Food to Others,” farmers markets and other organic distributors tend to distribute to wealthier clientele because it is a market made by and sold to wealthy white American consumers. Guthman also showed how people who came into African-American communities as a part of projects to educate about healthy living could not fulfill their intention of serving these communities because they were unaware of the culture and complexities of each community.  Therefore, Jeff’s presence as a staple of healthy living stands out and serves her community in ways mainstream culture and markets cannot because she understands and caters to the specific aspects of culture that create disadvantages for underserved communities in places like South Los Angeles.

As an African-American woman, to take cannabis, something used as an excuse to incarcerate many people of color, and redefine it as a channel of healing and source of joy is only a part of what makes Lizzy Jeff “queen of the new renaissance.”

After having an epiphany that her life was not meant to be a manager at Victoria Secret anymore, Jeff set out to create positive opportunities for herself and others by creating her own path. Her monthly curation, “Zen & Kush,” which features artists, live performers, artisan edibles and more that caters to creating healthy experiences and human connections outside of the usual party scene. The series

With influencers like Jeff, art, healing, cannabis and genuine human experiences for people of all backgrounds and identities can permeate into popular culture and society.

Related Posts

WeHo Spreads Word About Free Covid Testing

February 2, 2022

February 2, 2022

The City of West Hollywood is reminding residents that free COVID-19 testing is available for them.  Demand for COVID-19 testing...

Green Qween New Queer-Owned Cannabis Shop Will Open Downtown

February 2, 2022

February 2, 2022

Green Qween, a new queer-owned and queer-driven cannabis shop, will open in downtown on April 20th.  The shops owners, Andrés...

New Injectable HIV Prevention Drug Approved By FDA

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first long-acting injectable medication for use as pre-exposure prevention, or PrEP, against...

AIDS/LifeCycle 2022 Needs More Volunteers

January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022

AIDS LifeCycle is back with more than $4 million raised so far for the 2022 ride benefitting the HIV/AIDS-related services...

Synergy Scholarship For LGBTQ+ Students

December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021

The Synergy scholarship for LGBTQ+ students is now open for submissions.  Created by California native GT Dave in June of...

‘Commitment To Life’ Documentary Exploring HIV Fight In Los Angeles

December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

Production has begun on “Commitment to Life” a new documentary that explores the fight against HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles.  Directed...

Pride Poets’ Corner: Featuring Corey Saucier & the Dirge for 24 Hour Fitness

December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

On November 30, 2020, the 24 Hour Fitness location in West Hollywood, which had been in the community for 25...

Congregation Kol Ami To Host World AIDS Day 2021 Event

November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

Progressive, Reform Congregation Kol Ami will mark World AIDS Day with a special interfaith observance, combining awareness, remembrance, and speaking...

34th Annual AIDS Walk Long Beach

November 16, 2021

November 16, 2021

The 34th Annual AIDS Walk Long Beach, a benefit for the LGBTQ Center Long Beach and other local providers returned...

New Documentary Pays Tribute to Transgender ‘AIDS diva’ Connie Norman

October 26, 2021

October 26, 2021

A new documentary titled “AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman,” will pay tribute to the transgender leader in AIDS...

Marathon Runners Heading To WeHo

October 18, 2021

October 18, 2021

Runners in the 2021 Los Angeles Marathon presented by Asics will be making their way through the City of West...

Los Angeles LGBT Center Opens New Facility In South Los Angeles

October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Los Angeles LGBT Center has opened a new facility in South Los Angeles to serve the health needs of LGBT...

AIDS/LifeCycle Kick Off Ride

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021

AIDS/LifeCycle is kicking off it’s 2022 training season to end AIDS on October 16th.  Riders can sign up for the...

WeHo To Support Cleanup and Wildlife Rescue Efforts After Orange County Oil Spill

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The City of West Hollywood Activates ‘West Hollywood Responds’, a program to encourage donations to support cleanup and wildlife rescue...

WeHo to Recognize October as Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness Month

October 7, 2021

October 7, 2021

The City of West Hollywood has announced that it would recognize October as Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness...