Laganja Estranja Talks Drag and Cannabis
Laganja Estranja is the stage name of Jay Jackson, an American choreographer and drag queen based in Los Angeles. Laganja competed in the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, finishing in eighth place. As a cannabis rights activist, Laganja has hosted conversations on cannabis legalization at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and at Impulse in San Francisco. She has also been featured twice in High Times Magazine as well as on the cover of Dope Magazine, making her the first LGBTQ+ advocate on the cover of a cannabis magazine. In 2014, Laganja launched a collection of marijuana-themed merchandise including a jewelry line named Laganja Estranja Is My Enemy. Laganja has also collaborated with Blunted Objects on a marijuana-themed statement necklace.
In September 2018, Laganja was interviewed by Civilized Magazine about her music video for Look at Me that “slammed” the war on drugs. The interview by Civilized — a magazine reported being for the millions of adults who choose to enjoy cannabis recreationally — covered a number of aspects behind the imagery of Laganja’s music video. Leafly, the world’s largest cannabis information site, featured Laganja on its in-house podcast in January 2019. The podcast, The Hash, explored, alongside Laganja, topics like homophobia in the cannabis industry and what it’s like to often be the only queer person in a room. The Laganja Estranja lifestyle brand includes a collaboration preroll joint with San Francisco’s The Hepburns, called “LAhepburns.” Laganja also partnered with FRUIT SLABS, a company making cannabis-infused, vegan, real-fruit squares for their 2019 PRIDE collection. Laganja worked with FRUIT SLABS to create a one-of-a-kind flavor to be offered for a limited time.