Women in Cannabis

Liz Filmer
28 Dec 2022

There is no shortage of women-owned cannabis brands in the cannabis community. The industry is teeming with powerful, innovative, and influential women.

Women have used cannabis to support wellness and manage pain for thousands of years. Cannabis has also been a go-to for women during menstrual and other reproductive conditions.

There is evidence that cannabis may help ease period pain and endometriosis and relieve some symptoms associated with menopause. No wonder so many women find cannabis to be a real friend.

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee is a progressive Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. With the support of her fellow California representative Ro Khanna, Lee brought a bill to the House in 2018 in an attempt to legalise weed federally. Legalisation on a federal level will improve the livelihood of many, including all those already involved with the legal industry.

In 2020, Lee was a key figure in pushing for "the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, " successfully passed to decriminalise cannabis and fund needy communities.

Jane West

One of our favourite women in cannabis is an activist, entrepreneur, and all-around rad lady. Jane West is a cannabis activist and entrepreneur. She has a company that specialises in smoking accessories designed by women for women.
West also founded "WomenGrow", a networking site for women in the weed industry and launched an equity crowdfunding campaign with a goal of over 1 million dollars. The crowdfunded allows investors to buy into West's company for as little as $100 and is an excellent way for people to get their foot in the door of the canna-business.

Susan Cleverdon & Gillian Levy

Susan Cleverdon and Gillian Levy own the "Humboldt Apothecary", a canna-business located in the heart of Humboldt County in California, a region famously known for redwoods and cannabis. These two ladies are the founders of this shop, which boasts 35 years of experience and excellence in the cannabis community.
The environmentally conscious brand supports many prominent causes, including the Last Prisoner Project and BLM.

Renee Gagnon

Renee Gagnon is the trailblazing first transgender CEO (and first female CEO) of a publicly traded weed company. Gagnon uses her position to try and make the weed industry a more inclusive space for all.

Gagnon's company, Emerald, was the fifth federally sanctioned weed business in Canada and is now focusing on supply distribution in the United States and attempting to bring more women into the canna business.

Dr Lakisha Jenkins

Dr Jones is a doctor of naturopathy, a member of the American Herbalist Guild, and one of the founders of the California Cannabis Industry Association. 

Jenkins helped write the California laws that govern cannabis legalisation in honour of her daughter, Kiona, who passed away from cancer in 2012. She uses her position and knowledge to elevate other women and people of colour in the cannabis industry.

Liz Filmer