Article by Amanda Siebert, The Georgia Straight
She’s a business owner, a fierce naturist, and a baker extraordinaire: Watermelon, also known as Mary Jean Dundson, has been a fixture of Vancouver’s underground marijuana scene for nearly 20 years.
On the day I meet Watermelon at Wreck Beach to talk the best of pot, she happens to be celebrating a milestone that some might rather forget. “It’s my arrestiversary!” she says—but not before stripping down. “Fifteen years ago today was the first time I got arrested for selling pot cookies,” she says, grinning.
Later that evening, she’d host a celebratory dinner party with her friends, where, naturally, everything on the table would be infused with weed.
While her days of selling cookies at the beach are (mostly) behind her (“I’m trying this semiretirement thing out”) Watermelon continues to operate the Commercial Drive Licorice Parlour, where she sells more than 50 kinds of imported licorice, chocolates, and more. The self-proclaimed weed diva also hosts a YouTube channel, where she posts recipes for things like cannabis quiche, no-frownie pot brownies, and “weedish” meatballs.
With that, here are Watermelon’s picks for our stoner’s guide to the best of Vancouver.