(Mary Jean “Watermelon” Dundson will be a panelist at the Georgia Straight’s upcoming event, Grassroots: An Expo for the Cannabis Curious on April 7 and 8, 2018. Get your tickets now.)
Mary Jean “Watermelon” Dunsdon says it never occurred to her that, at 20 years old, a batch of pot cookies would be the first step to becoming a national canna-celeb.
“I started smoking because it was a fabulously good time,” she says to the Straight in a phone interview, never thinking her childhood love of baking would skyrocket her cannabis-use into activism infamy.
After pursuing comedy in New York in the early 90s, Watermelon returned to Vancouver, broke and in search of a fun way to make money.
Writing her own namesake, she began selling watermelon slices along the infamously clothing-optional Wreck Beach. It was in 1993, after a year spent vending fruit to tanline-free sunbathers, when she acquired a bag of shake—cannabis bud and debris leftover from harvest—and decided to sell her first batch of infused gingersnaps. These same cookies would later be distributed in dispensaries across Vancouver.
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