Watch San Diego rapper MC Flow’s pot-fueled ‘Welcome to the Dispensary’ video
San Diego rapper MC Flow’s “Welcome to the Dispensary” is a song written about -- and filmed in -- a cannabis dispensary. The upbeat song also has a serious message
Making a video for her cannabis-themed 2015 song “Pot in the Latkes” was a heady experience for San Diego rapper MC Flow, who has now released her even more cannabis-themed video “Welcome to the Dispensary.”
“People ask if ‘Pot in the Latkes’ changed my music career, but it really changed my personal life,” said Flow (real name: Abby Dorsey).
“People felt more comfortable talking to me about cannabis. And I started hearing stories about people who were using it themselves, or people using CBD (cannabidiol) products. So that definitely opened up the floodgates. Once I saw how eager people were to talk, I realized how important it was and it made me want to learn more about cannabis — and to write more songs about it.”
A multiple San Diego Music Award-winner who counts Jason Mraz among her past recording partners, Flow is the married mother of a 6-year-old daughter. She has been a medical marijuana user for nearly a decade and credits cannabis with helping her manage symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.
Flow, 40, has a degree in English literature from Tufts University. Eager to satisfy her musical munchies, she is now preparing to release “Her Highness,” an EP with five cannabis-themed songs.
But first comes “Welcome to the Dispensary,” which in no way sounds like “Welcome to the Jungle,” the 1987 hit by Guns N’ Roses.
A bouncy, upbeat song, “Welcome to the Dispensary” probably isn’t the first rap video with footage filmed in a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary. But it may well be the first rap song written about a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary — with an accompanying video that was also filmed largely in a dispensary.
That dispensary, incidentally, is Bay Park’s Urbn Leaf, which is offering a 10 percent discount to anyone who mentions “Welcome to the Dispensary” when making a purchase.
Flow’s subject matter is immediately clear from such lines as: Here in the dispensary there’s something green for every crowd / Fat pre-rolls that would make Bob Marley proud / Shatter, wax, resin, extract for the vape crowd.
The song’s chorus concludes: You might walk in, but you gonna’ fly out!
Yet, for all its lyrical high-fiving about cannabis — and its Busby Berkeley gone-to-pot choreography — “Welcome to the Dispensary” has some serious underpinnings.
This is underscored by such lines as: Next to me in line is a guy named Westley / Smoked weed every day since back in the ’70s / Now he’s buying edibles, his wife’s on chemotherapy / Her recipe of choice kicks the nausea temporarily.
“I think the stigma around cannabis needs to change,” Flow said. “And it’s hard not to talk about the political climate right now, which influenced me more than ever to speak out about things I’m passionate about and make the world better.
“We’re still living in an era of fear about cannabis and are pretty behind the times, on a global level, in understanding the potential of this plant.”
A labor-of-love effort that was filmed in just three hours, “Welcome to the Dispensary” was directed by Sharisse Coulter, who also directed Flow’s “Pot in the Latkes.”
The new video features a number of cameos, including Flow’s wife, Kelly Dorsey, and Sean Major, a retired U.S. Marine and cannabis activist. He completed his military career in Camp Pendleton’s Wounded Warrior Battalion — West and is a proponent of using cannabis, instead of pharmaceuticals, to help treat wounded soldiers,
“I want people — who haven’t had access like I have — a way to see what we’re doing here in California and what dispensaries look like these days,” Flow said.
“It’s something I have taken for granted. But, for a lot of people, it’s an exciting new frontier.”
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