As cannabis legalization becomes more widespread, gender and social equity initiatives are increasingly being entwined with the industry. However, there is still a lack of racial and gender diversity among cannabis business owners and female leadership in the executive levels.
Want to make an impact + feel better and have a little fun? Buy weed from women! Supporting women in weed really matters, and we share a few reasons why.
1. You’re choosing to level the playing field for women entrepreneurs and business leaders, and not only in the cannabis market.
2. You’re getting behind a person who has the best interests of women in mind.
3. By supporting women in the cannabis business, you’re shaping the industry in a foundational way.
Plus, a sample of women-owned farms in California, Nevada, & Washington, 5 women making a big impact on the cannabis industry, 3 podcasts we love and 3 strains named for women.
Ellen Scanlon: This podcast discusses cannabis and is intended for audiences 21 and over.
Ellen Scanlon: Buy weed from women. We want to interrupt the industry. We are a society of women who buy from, hire, and support women on purpose.
Ellen Scanlon: Welcome back to How To Do The Pot. I’m Ellen Scanlon, the co-creator of the show, and April will be back next week. You just heard the mission statement of buy weed from women, a collective that promotes women-founded cannabis brands, looking to compete with the big boys. It’s also a website where you can buy some very cool merch to spread the love, including shirts with the quote I just read you.
Ellen Scanlon: Truly, consumer support makes all the difference for a woman-founded brand with a fraction of the capital of its male founder counterparts. When you choose to buy weed from women, you’re choosing to level that playing field. When you choose to buy weed from women, you’re getting behind a person who has the best interest of women in mind.
Ellen Scanlon: And when you choose to buy weed from women today, you are shaping the cannabis industry in a foundational way. Don’t wait. Very popular brands founded by women and creating products beloved by women savor the sale of every skew. They appreciate the you in unit.
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Ellen Scanlon: We’re always asking people who work in cannabis about women growers in legal states. Finding them is a lot harder than it should be, partly because there are not that many women who grow. But there are now 15 states with legal cannabis and 36 states with medical cannabis. So it’s also a big job to track them down.
Ellen Scanlon: Do you have a favorite woman grower or woman-owned farm? Please reach out to us on socials or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re building a comprehensive list on our website and don’t want to miss one amazing woman.
Ellen Scanlon: For today, we want to give you a sample of some women-owned farms in California, Nevada, and Washington. And for a real sample, look for their products wherever you buy the pot.
Ellen Scanlon: In California, Moon Made Farms is known for its sun grown cannabis raised in Humboldt County. And it takes its inspiration from the farm’s former owner, Joani, a powerhouse musician who blazed a trail for queer performers during the 1950s and 1960s in Northern California and beyond.
Ellen Scanlon: Elytra farms is a family affair, and it’s spelled E-L-Y-T-R-A Farms. It’s run by a husband and wife and their close friend, also in Humboldt County.
Ellen Scanlon: They believe that running a farm is more than watering plants, it requires a strong constitution and a flexible, problem-solving mind. And that women are great growers, because for centuries we’ve had an ancestral and intuitive connection to plants.
Ellen Scanlon: In Nevada, the founder of Premium Produce was working in the medical industry, saw the terrible effects of opioids on patients, and was inspired to start a medical cannabis company that puts the health and safety of cannabis patients first. She’s the youngest and first minority woman awarded licenses to cultivate and produce medical and recreational cannabis in Nevada. That’s Premium Produce.
Ellen Scanlon: And then in Washington, Hollingsworth Cannabis is a black-owned indoor farm run by a brother and a sister. They take sustainability and a low carbon footprint very seriously. And you can stream a visit to their farm on the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown show that was set in Seattle.
Ellen Scanlon: Are you ready to find your favorite cannabis strain? Check out our 12 essential cannabis strains for women and our growing list of women-owned farms in legal states on our website, dothepot.com.
Ellen Scanlon: Today’s high five for the women who’ve shaped the cannabis industry.
Ellen Scanlon: Number one, lifestyle. In 2016, April Pride founded Van der Pop, the first cannabis lifestyle brand for women, which is now owned by Canopy Growth. And Van der Pop products are available all across Canada.
Ellen Scanlon: Number two, edibles. Wana Brands, led by CEO Nancy Whiteman, is pioneering rapid onset THC gummies. So think 10 minutes to feel it, not an hour.
Ellen Scanlon: Number three, kitchen. Potli, which is led by Christine Yi and Felicity Chen, stocking kitchen pantries with delicious THC or CBD infused olive oil, honey, sriracha, and more.
Ellen Scanlon: Number four, topicals. Sagely Naturals, led by Kerrigan Behrens and Kaley Nichol, created accessibly priced, high quality CBD lotions and creams, now available at your local pharmacy. Check your CVS.
Ellen Scanlon: Number five, bath. Maya Elisabeth, of Whoopi and Maya and Om Edibles, started the revolution that is cannabis in the tub.
Ellen Scanlon: And a fun fact, Maya Elisabeth named Sherbinski’s Pink Panties. It was named something else, not as good, and she smartly convinced them to rebrand it. Pink Panties.
Ellen Scanlon: And speaking of strains, three strains named for women. The first one is Margaret Cho-G named for the comedian and advocate. It’s a cut of OG Kush and it provides powerful giggling effects.
Ellen Scanlon: Connie Chung, named for the pioneering journalist. It’s ideal to unwind and relax and provides a hazy head high.
Ellen Scanlon: Markle Sparkle, named for the ex-Royal’s wedding sparkle trend. It’s a cross of Blue City Diesel, Blueberry Northern Lights, and a secret strain, and induces happiness and tingling sensations.
Ellen Scanlon: For today’s podcast, April likes Everything Is Best hosted by Pia Baroncini. Everything Is Best is an expert guide to simply not feeling so alone. Pia asks her guests, “How did you get from zero to yacht?” in an attempt to get real, get vulnerable and find the common denominators that connect us all.
Ellen Scanlon: I like 3 Righteous Mamas hosted by three, all-American moms, a Latina, Muslim, and queer mom, who met after the 2016 election. They interview very special guests, like Beto O’Rourke, and talk about how to make the world a better place for all our kids.
Ellen Scanlon: And for How To Do The Pot, Enhance Your Life hosted by Jonathan Small. April and I were guests on this show and we talk about de-mystifying cannabis and creating a community of like-minded women.
Ellen Scanlon: Thank you for listening to How To Do The Pot. Let us know what you think. You can find us on Instagram @dothepot, or you can follow April @aprilpride. And for lots more information and past episodes, visit dothepot.com.
Ellen Scanlon: Thank you to my co-founder April Pride, Madi Fair, our band manager, and our producer, Nick Patri. I’m Ellen Scanlon, and we’ll be back soon with more of How To Do The Pot.
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