In light of Women’s History Month, it is important to note the incredible impact women have had on the cannabis industry.
The cannabis industry would not be what it is today without them, and their contributions have only become more paramount in recent years as the cannabis industry expands and moves into the light of the mainstream media.
One of the earliest records of women in the cannabis industry is Queen Victoria.
One of the earliest records of women in the cannabis industry is former queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Victoria. She is said to have used cannabis to ease symptoms of menstrual cramps and morning sickness.
Women have been at the forefront of cannabis advocacy and activism.
Women have been at the forefront of cannabis advocacy and activism. By organizing and participating in protests, lobbying, and building grassroots movements, women remain pivotal figures in the cannabis industry. Eleanora Fagan, the icon known as Billie Holiday who sang American jazz and swing, was a cannabis advocate, using the plant to help with the pain she experienced from liver disease.
Not only are women advocates and activists, but they are leaders on the industrial side, too, managing companies and serving on boards, implementing and sharing their unique perspectives and experiences. Wanda James, the first black female dispensary owner in Colorado, is a leader that believes there should be more in the industry like her.
Speaking of the commercial cannabis industry…
Women are and have been innovators, developing new products and approaches in the cannabis world. Brownie Mary, legally Mary Jane Rathburn, was a medical cannabis rights activist who created a famous marijuana brownie recipe that she used during the AIDS epidemic to ease patients’ pain and increase their appetites.
Socially, many women are committed to responsibility and actively work toward equity and justice. Margaret Mead, an anthropologist, spoke before Congress in 1969, advocating for improving the medical system, recommending this be improved through the legalization of marijuana.
With their significant historical impact, it is important to know what women do for the cannabis industry today. Today, women are involved in various aspects of the cannabis industry: cultivation, manufacturing, retail, advocacy, education, and business leadership. Whether it is planting and harvesting, manufacturing edibles, selling cannabis at dispensaries, educating others, or managing companies, women remain key in shaping the industry’s standards and practices.
Happy Women’s History Month from Cannabis Talk 101!