Potcast: A Rapper Manages to Have a Fresh Take on Pot


Potcast: A Rapper Manages to Have a Fresh Take on Pot

A San Diego-based rapper has been using her music to trumpet the medicinal uses of cannabis and criticize the social and racial implications of the war on drugs.
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Abby Dorsey, who goes by MC Flow when she’s performing, is out with a new album covering legal weed, racial and social issues related to cannabis and more. / Photo courtesy of Abby Dorsey

Abby Dorsey isn’t the first rapper to embrace weed. Obviously. But the way she speaks about it is unique — more as a medicine than a street drug.

Better known as MC Flow, Dorsey started smoking Philly blunts as a teenager and now advocates for patients through her music. She’s also found cannabis to be a useful tool in the creative process, something that stimulates the mind by quieting anxiety.

“It turns my brain on in a way, and tunes me into this different frequency, that I tend to find invigorating,” she told the Voice of San Diego Potcast.

During an interview with Kinsee Morlan and me, Dorsey also talked about shooting a music video at the Urbn Leaf in Bay Park and the complexity of consuming cannabis while raising a child.

Her 2014 single “Pot in the Latkes” is a celebration of getting stoned with your family on Hanukkah, and her latest record is “Her Highness,” which blends humor and politics. It includes a song about Charlotte Figi, a Colorado girl whose use of CBD-oil to alleviate seizures helped mainstream America re-evaluate the war on drugs.

Dorsey has been surprised by the people — other moms, neighbors, even her parents — who’ve approached her in recent years, as the taboo around using pot began to lift, seeking advice.

“People were emailing me and asking me questions and sharing stories, and it just made me realize how kind of desperate people were to talk about this in a way, because we’ve all been kind of taught not to talk about it,” she said. “The only way that we’re going to learn and move forward and heal ourselves in a better way is if we actually come out of that closet.”

Also on the podcast, Morlan and I considered the Board of Supervisors race, Oceanside’s new medical ordinance and a report of steady recreational sales at dispensaries.

We closed the show by talking with our friend and photojournalist Vito Di Stefano, who shared strange but true tales from the world of potlandia. Some moms are taking tiny amounts of cannabis to relax while avoiding a psychoactive high. And Colorado is finally getting a THC-infused beer.

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