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Cannabis Helps Artist Transition into New Home After Immigrating From Mexico

Cannabis Helps Artist Transition into New Home After Immigrating From MexicoEXPAND
Maria Levitov
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Trail Blazers is a series of portraits by photographer Maria Levitov spotlighting cannabis consumers from all walks of life.

Denver has seen no shortage of transplants, but not all of them feel at home right away. Freelance artist Claudia Campero moved here from Juárez, Mexico, and is still finding her groove in the Mile High as she searches for connections to her culture and heritage. To help her feel comfortable while exploring, Campero uses cannabis.

Cannabis Helps Artist Transition into New Home After Immigrating From MexicoEXPAND
Maria Levitov

"My name is Claudia Campero. I am a 23-year-old freelance artist and barista. I subscribe to the idea of romanticism in a way that helps form some structure in an ambiguous identity."

Cannabis Helps Artist Transition into New Home After Immigrating From MexicoEXPAND
Maria Levitov

"I immigrated here from Juárez, Mexico, and have struggled with creating personal relationships with heritage, culture, association and presentation. Much of that is expressed through my art and painting, which allows me to create something physical that validates, explores and celebrates a part of me that I have trouble connecting to."

Cannabis Helps Artist Transition into New Home After Immigrating From MexicoEXPAND
Maria Levitov

"I often feel displaced within a society and a community that fails to accept the personal plight surrounded by marginalized optimism — but cannabis helps settle that to better create a safe space where I can foster self-exploration and healing."

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