Rock Star Melissa Etheridge Joins Women At Irvine Cannabis Party

By Susan Christian Goulding
The Orange County Register

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Singer Melissa Etheridge showed up at a local cannabis party to share her enthusiasm for medicinal marijuana, which helped get her through chemotherapy while battling breast cancer 14 years ago.

The Orange County Register

Marijuana is going the way of Tupperware. But this isn’t your mother’s Tupperware party.

In fact, everything about the gathering Sunday afternoon, Jan. 21, at an Irvine mansion, was rather extraordinary — from the rock star who headlined it, to the crowd of well-heeled women, to the cannabis products for sale on a table alongside the infinity pool.

Singer Melissa Etheridge showed up to share her enthusiasm for medicinal marijuana, which helped get her through chemotherapy while battling breast cancer 14 years ago.

“I’m here because I’m a friend of a friend of a friend — three degrees of separation,” said Etheridge, 56. She and her wife Linda Wallem, a television producer, made the drive south from their Calabasas home.

Tamar Moritz, 30, a consultant for the cannabis industry, borrowed her parents’ house in an exclusive gated community to host the party. She also borrowed their address book, inviting her mom’s cadre of friends — most of them in their sixties.

“My parents don’t use marijuana, but they are totally supportive,” Moritz said.

Recreational marijuana sales in California became legal Jan. 1 per voter-approved Proposition 64.

Cannabis parties provide a platform for educating the public about not only the benefits of marijuana but also safe and effective consumption, Moritz said.

“Imagine if you had never been exposed to alcohol and someone put a bottle of vodka in front of you,” she said.

“You would wonder, ‘OK, do I take one sip or drink the whole bottle or what?’ It’s the same with marijuana: ‘Do I take one milligram or 50?'”

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