We had the good fortune of connecting with Meaghan Gould and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meaghan, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Meaghie Jane was a high school nickname. It developed into an alter ego, and ultimately my own brand. The concept and idea of this business comes from a place that wants to shamelessly incorporate cannabis into the social/corporate scene. I’ve always had a connection to cannabis and want the world to see it through my lens. I am going to help remedy the outdated stigma through elegantly elevated experiences and trendsetting content. I’m reworking the “lazy stoner” stereotype and adding class to cannabis.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What I am most proud of with this brand is that I have built something that is so authentically mine. What sets me apart is that I am Meaghie Jane, and that is something no one else can say. There is no one else in this industry like me, or doing what I am doing; to me that is iconic.
The story behind the name starts in high school. I went to a Catholic school where we were drug tested by the hair. Not many girls would smoke, and the boys would keep their hair too short to test. Despite the impending drug screening, I would smoke with the boys quite regularly. They started to call me Meaghie Jane.
Prior to starting my business, I worked in event planning, primarily weddings. Once COVID hit I had to take a break and find a new job. I knew once things had settled, I didn’t want to go back into weddings and wanted to start something of my own.
I took my passion for cannabis and background in events and conceptualized the type of brand I wanted to be. The name for the brand fit perfectly.
The best way I have made traction with MJ is getting out into the community and making connections. Networking within the industry is huge. However, being honest, putting yourself out there in the beginning isn’t always easy. It comes with fear of rejection or failure. I have overcome these fears by consistent practice. I tell myself. “Its better to try to put yourself out there and experience the agonizing pain of failure, rather than to not try and feel nothing at all.”
I’ve learned its imperative to trust my own ideas, and keep a close support system! There are days where it’s hard to be my own cheerleader and it seems easier to focus on all that I haven’t done, versus all that I have. Close, genuine people in your life are essential to believe in you on the days you just can’t believe in yourself.
Meaghie Jane is my alter ego. She is a confident, classy, cannabis loving CEO. She works harder than anyone, and smokes the most weed. She is a concept that cannabis should be celebrated for everyone.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love rolling up few joints and going to the LACMA. Theres something about smoking and looking at art to make you feel things. I also enjoy the beach and yoga classes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my friends and family, especially my mom! When I started this business, it never occurred to me the mental toll it would take to keep going; the ups and downs are tough. It’s hard not to feel delusional everyday while chasing your dream. My close friends and family have aways there to wipe my tears and cheer me on to the finish line. With their support, I can only feel the sky is the limit.