b.Blunt Talks: Dope Girls zine is getting shit done

Dope Girls

Dope Girls is a fresh, contemporary feminist cannabis culture zine founded by Beca Grimm and Rachel Hortman in Atlanta, GA, that celebrates women and their connection to cannabis.

Each year, they release two zines showcasing work from women and non-binary makers that is helping destigmatize the plant, improve access to cannabis healthcare, and pretty much all about letting people know you can still get shit done while getting high.

Oh, and they donate a portion of their sales to Planned Parenthood. #savage

How did you come up with the idea for Dope Girls? What were you doing before?

Our co-creators Beca Grimm and Rachel Hortman came up with the idea in 2016 while they were both working at Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s alt-weekly paper. Cannabis culture has been overwhelmingly masculine for so long, so they felt like they could do something about it by creating a zine that focuses exclusively on the experiences of women and nonbinary people. And of course, being in the Southeast, they knew women and nonbinary folks struggle the most obtaining access to healthcare and reproductive justice, which is why Dope Girls has always donated a portion of proceeds to Planned Parenthood SE.

Who is the team behind Dope Girls? What attracted you to the cannabis industry?

We have a small team of core group members, but our contributors hail from all over the planet. As our Editor in Chief, Beca oversees all our editorial content and connects with other brands for partnerships and events. Rachel is our Creative Director and spruces up our pages with photos and illustrations from the coolest artists around while also coordinating with our printer and stockists. As Editorial Assistant, I (Isabella) do a little bit of everything from social media to admin duties to helping pull together our super fun shindigs. We also have word enchantress Rachel Claire Perkins running our Twitter, and Atlanta artist Kayleen Scott  curating Instagram content.

I think we were all attracted to the cannabis industry because we’ve all liked to light up at some point in our life and wanted to find a community of people who get high and also get riled up about social and reproductive justice issues.

What were some of the things that you learned unexpectedly since starting your journey?  Have there been any challenges that you’ve had to overcome?

I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned through Dope Girls is that there are so many people out there willing to get involved and help out however they can. We have so much support from our Atlanta community and from small businesses across the country who believe in our mission and work to uplift the voices of our contributors. At the same time, with cannabis culture becoming ~trendier~ in wellness spaces, we realize that everyone in this industry needs to rally behind the thousands of people incarcerated for drug charges,  and we try to do our part by educating about clemency and selling shirts that help A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, a nonprofit that works to empower formerly incarcerated populations — mostly women — in their reentry back into society.

How many zines will you publish in 2019? How can you subscribe?

We’ll be publishing two zines in 2019! We don’t have an established subscription service just yet, but keep an eye out our website and social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) to find out about our upcoming releases.

Can you give us a sneak peak at what’s in the next issue?

Our next issue will be exploring the theme “Blurry” from a multitude of angles, whether it comes to cannabis laws in the U.S. or the haze of being high.

What other products do you sell?

In addition to our zines, we sell merch like dad hats and t-shirts (and will soon add enamel pins to the shop!). We also like to throw events like film screenings and dance parties to bring our community together – right now in Atlanta, but we’re always looking to expand to other cities, too.

How do you find brands to collaborate with?

We usually partner with brands and organizations we already use and like with values similar to ours. That can look like a range of outcomes, from a giveaway with Yew Yew to a special reading with Write Club, one of our all-time favorite moves in Atlanta.

I noticed you are also looking for contributors. Tell me more about what you are looking for and how you can get involved.

We’re currently booked up for Vol. 6, but we’re always happy to hear ideas for our upcoming issues from any writers and artists interested in cannabis, pop culture, and/or social justice. Send us an email at beca@dopegirlszine.org to learn more! Also, holler if you work with a brand that might be interested in collaborating on various marketing efforts.

Where are you located? What’s the weed scene like there?

Atlanta’s interesting because weed is ingrained into so much of the city’s culture, but it’s still not legal. The city itself recently decriminalized, meaning you only get a $75 fine and no jail time if you’re caught with less than an ounce. But the rest of Georgia is not on the same page — and unfortunately, we’re not sure when that will change as long as we have a Republican governor.

How can you be reached?

Our email is really the best way, and also, follow us on Facebook and Instagramto find out about upcoming events/issues/other fun things.

PHOTO CREDIT: Cara Worcester of Tropico Photo of Halle Ballard’s work


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