Do you want to know what makes the cannabis industry so enjoyable? The fact that women have just as much opportunity as men. In fact, this industry is so strongly influenced by women that more women continue to join in. From products for women made by women to advocates taking a stand for what they believe in, the canna-business is the place for females to make a difference. Not only do these ladies inspire and educate us, but they also empower other women to do the same. Here are the ten most influential women in the cannabis industry.
1. Jane West
Moreover, she makes it her personal duty to educate, inspire, and empower women in the industry as well as those interested in joining.
2. Nicole Smith
Not only is Nicole Smith the founder and CEO of the company that makes some of the best cannabis products around, Mary’s Medicinals, but she also just so happens to hold the title of “Mile High Leader” and “Outstanding Woman in Business,” according to the Denver Business Journal.
Furthermore, Nicole is the CEO and founder of Mary’s Foundation for Caring, a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to patient outreach and education.
3. Jodie Emery
Jodie Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, politician, and a loving wife. In fact, she has stood by her husband Marc Emery’s side through some pretty unjust times.
4. Wanda James
As a result of her brother’s 10-year prison sentence for cannabis, Wanda James added color to the industry by becoming the first black woman to own and operate a dispensary for recreational sales.
Aside from owning her Simply Pure dispensary, she’s also president of Cannabis Global Initiative, a marketing firm that helps new businesses, politicians, and townships to get into the industry and create a brand.
5. Amy Margolis
Amy Margolis not only advocates for cannabis policy in the state of Oregon, but she also is the Executive Director of the Oregon Cannabis Association. Specifically, Margolis represents people that have been faced with cannabis-related offenses and has been doing so for thirteen years.
Moreover, she is currently a practicing criminal defense attorney in State and Federal court.
6. Whoopi Goldberg
Aside from being that hilarious nun in Sister Act, Whoopi Goldberg is responsible for creating cannabis-infused products that fight the symptoms of PMS.
Her product line called Whoopi & Maya has everything a woman could ever need to help push through a painful period. From bath soaks to tinctures, these products are a true life-saver for females.
7. Peggy Moore
Peggy Moore joined the industry in 2011 when she partnered with Love’s Oven, a company that makes cannabis-infused home-style baked goods. In fact, Love’s Oven even delivers, making it convenient for patients to enjoy high-quality cannabis treats.
8. Kristi Knoblich
With products displayed in over 700 dispensaries in the state, Kristi Knoblich is the co-founder of a top-notch company indeed. Not to mention, a business that brings in roughly $10 million in revenue.
9. Portia Simpson-Miller
Thanks to Portia Simpson-Miller, cannabis in Jamaica is decriminalized in small amounts.
Not only did she lead the charge in reforming the drug laws in Jamaica, but she also ranked 66 on the 2016 CBE Political 100 Influencers in Cannabis list.
10. Dr. Sue Sisley
Passionate about PTSD and how cannabis affects it, Dr. Sue Sisley received approval from the NIDA in 2014 to study the effects of the herb for the disease at the University of Arizona.
Despite being fired before receiving a $2 million grant from the state, the Senate passed a new Amendment indicating that veterans can get medical cannabis in states that allow it. Likewise, doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs can both prescribe and recommend the use of medical marijuana to their patients.