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Women and Weed: Females Are Re-Inventing the Marijuana Industry

Women and Weed: Re-Inventing the Medical Marijuana Industry | NextTribe

It’s rare that we get to watch an industry blossom in real time, providing would-be entrepreneurs with the chance to be the first kid in the neighborhood with a shiny new business.

It’s even more rare that women become a driving force in that industry. But it’s happening now. And the industry is medical cannabis. Women and weed: Who knew?

The New York Times has reported that older women are quietly taking over an industry that has, so far, been rife with sexism and macho attitudes. For some women, it’s just intimidating to walk into a dispensary and try to make sense of the options on display. For others, it’s just irritating to be pot-splained to when, you know, you were at actual Woodstock, and the bud-tender behind the desk is too young even for Lollapalooza.

Women going into this business often do so as a second career after working in business and healthcare, and are leveraging their experience in powerful ways.

Several organizations are providing support to older women entering the cannabis industry, including the Cannabis Women’s Alliance, the NORML Women’s Alliance, Women Grow, and WAMM (short for the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana). Each has a slightly different focus–legalizing marijuana, starting canna-businesses, learning how to use the right strain for various ailments. And each reaches out directly from and to women, to make this new-old herbal medicine accessible to everyone who needs (or wants!) it.

–Amy Keyishian

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Love this!!


Great line and great news.


Georgianne K. Benedict

I think you should listen up to the kid. The pot of today is nothing like the pot of the 60’s and 70’s.

You’re assuming she hasn’t partaken since then?

Tancy Dean Jodie Devall Dean resources for when NC gets on board!!


Hmm. Do they provide healthcare? 😉


The medicinal benefits of cannabis have been known for thousands of years. As usual, it’s only because of it’s profitability that it’s gone ‘legit’. This is the age of the woman, so I’d expect that things we’ve represented, like a holistic approach to relationships, finances, medicine and life, will broaden into the greater society…if it shows profitability. Then the guys will take over and somehow, it will be laced or some other new application or chemical additive will be used and poof, we’re back to hippies in cabins and women growing in their gardens…as it should be. Women are the… Read more »

Sabrina McConville


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