Michelle Lhooq Talks Her New Los Angeles Weed Rave

You might know Michelle Lhooq from her bylines on the Fader, GQ, VICE, New York Magazine, and the major outlets where for more than 10 years, she’s written lovingly about a menagerie of youth subcultures from EDM to rave culture. Her latest muse? LA’s weed scene.

While party-hopping cannabis parties as research for her new book, due in April: Weed: Everything You Want to Know But Are Always Too Stoned to Ask, Lhooq realized that there was a strange dearth of nightlife focusing on the intersections between music, weed, and wellness.

With this gap in mind, Lhooq conceptualized a monthly private “Weed Rave:” a 12-hour party from 4:20 PM to 4:20 AM. Her mission? To merge the subcultures she loves and carve out a new niche in LA nightlife; support the small startups and businesses being challenged by rapidly a corporatizing cannabis industry; to redefine weed as something generative and healthy that can be an alternative to riskier party drugs, rather than a slacker vice; and to foster a space where women, queer people and people of color (those left out by the Seth Rogan American visage of a pot-lover) can appreciate and enjoy weed in a safe, inclusive space.

The event will be divided into two parts. First is a wellness and education-focused portion, featuring local start-ups with weed goodies of every shape and substance, cooking demos, yoga classes and educational panels. Later, it’ll turn into an all-night dance party with both rave, and ambient music spaces.

Few know more about the current transformation of weed culture in America, so PAPER caught up with the writer-entrepreneur to hear all about this weekend’s rave, her research, and her vision for the future of weed.

Read more at: http://www.papermag.com/michelle-lhooq-weed-rave-2-2626420741.html