Did you know that over 80 million women in the U.S. have access to legal cannabis? Yet buying weed can still be intimidating. In case you don’t have a friend you can bring with you to a dispensary, Evelyn LaChapelle, community engagement manager at the Last Prisoner Project and founder of Eighty Seven, shares her story to help you feel more confident.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (00:00):
This podcast discusses cannabis, and is intended for audiences 21 and over.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (00:08):
Welcome to How To Do The Pot, a podcast demystifying cannabis for women. I’m Ellen Scanlon. On these short episodes, we share women’s stories about the first time they bought legal weed. I hope they bring a little fun and a new perspective into your week.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (00:25):
Evelyn LaChapelle is the California based community engagement manager at the Last Prisoner Project, and the founder of 87.
Evelyn LaChapelle (00:36):
I do remember my first time buying legal weed. It was August 2019, San Diego, MedMen. It was my first time in a dispensary, and I had only been released from prison for six months, and had tried a chocolate malt edible. And so I got to San Diego, and I wanted to grab some of those, they were five milligrams THC. And I remember walking into MedMen and just having my mind blown away.
Evelyn LaChapelle (01:17):
I had never seen cannabis or weed staged like this, I had never been into a retail store that looked like this, and I remember asking the fellow behind the counter, “Do you know that people are still in jail for this?” I was like, “In fact, my co-defendant is still serving life in prison right now for this plant.” And he was like, “Yeah, actually, I do, I’ve got a homie still locked up.” And it just blew my mind that I so freely exchanged $12 for a little tin can of infused chocolate.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (02:00):
As a first time offender, Evelyn was sentenced to 87 months in prison for a non-violent cannabis charge. You can learn more about her story and the 40,000 people still in prison for cannabis crimes at thelastprisonerproject.org.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (02:19):
To hear more about how the war on drugs affected three women, a police officer in Baltimore, a mother in Los Angeles, and an entrepreneur in Oakland, California, listen to How To Do The Pot’s episode five, the social justice episode.
Ellen Lee Scanlon (02:37):
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