It’s a great time to be part of the cannabis culture and industry, and it’s an even better time to be a woman in the Cannabis space! Earlier this month, three more American states welcomed cannabis legalization, and the anti-cannabis Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a thorn in the industry’s side, resigned from office.
Then, this past week while hundreds of industry professionals visited Las Vegas for the annual MJ Biz Conference, there was another event happening in Vegas that brought women in cannabis from around the world together for an empowering and educational event!
Stacy Thompson hosted the first ever Women in Cannabis Conference and featured speakers such as Wanda James, Larisa Bolivar, Dr. Dina, and Renee Gagnon.
Stacy is a female cannabis entrepreneur from the state of Michigan who is also the founder of Canna Closet. Canna Closet is an at-home educational option for individuals looking to learn more about cannabis products, consumption methods, and devices for ease of utilization in the comfort of their own homes. The company has grown across the U.S. employees across the country.
The first ever Women of Cannabis Conference was attended by hundreds of women in cannabis from around the world. The event allowed for extensive networking and educational opportunities amongst attendees. I had the chance to speak with a few attendees of this event and MJ Biz Con. Here is what they had to say about the event and what it meant to them!
“Bringing together women from around the globe for a day of connecting, bonding, collaborating the day before the MJBiz Conference was my idea to help build bridges in this industry!
We brought together trailblazers and those interested in just getting started and really started a ripple effect that I look forward to seeing what happens next! We are looking to do this again in Toronto in the spring!”
– Stacy Thompson – Founder and Coordinator
“With the downwards trends in women leadership making the news, this gathering (The Women of Cannabis Conference) is a sign of good things to come.”
– Renee Melodie Gagnon – Speaker
“It was nice to see all the women in the industry come together and support one another. This is how we grow. Women helping women. Sharing education will help end the stigma associated with cannabis.”
– Katree Saunders – Attendee
“MJBizCon grows substantially each year showing how fast we are legitimizing ourselves as an industry. My favorite part is reuniting with so many of my beloved Canna-fam.”
– Larisa Bolivar Speaker/Attendee
Cannabis is coming out of the closet, and it is being welcomed with a warm embrace by millions of women, men, and children around the world. As this community and industry grows, we are seeing and embracing our role as women in this space more and more each day.
One of my (s)heroes is Cathleen S. Graham, also known as Cannabis Nurse. She is a registered nurse and certified hospice/palliative care nurse who is well-versed in the scientific and medical aspects of cannabis. Through her work as Cannabis Nurse, she is bringing cannabis education to the masses in the state of Michigan.
Are you a woman in cannabis? If so, I would love to learn more about your story and what events such as this mean to you! There are thousands of women that are standing up against prohibition and creating future generational wealth for their families thanks to the legalization of this plant. It is a great time to be on the right side of history, and I would love to help share your story with the world!