Like many businesses, the cannabis industry has long been dominated by men. But that is changing, and quickly. Offering a creative approach to not only cannabis growth and products, but also advocacy, tech, education, pain relief, and the culture that surrounds a growing catalogue of cannabis-based uses, items, and ideas, these women founded, owned, and/or operated businesses are redefining what the wide world of cannabis can and will be.
We narrowed down our list to five companies that best represent each facet of the industry. Read on to learn more about the women changing the cannabis game from the inside out.
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Supernova founders Andrea Unsworth, Nina Parks, Amber Senter, Sunshine Lencho knew, when they founded the company, that there was something very important missing from the cannabis craze currently sweeping the nation. Committed to offering the necessary education and support for women of color looking to break into the industry, the group has also adopted a philosophy of inclusion, leveraging a variety of talents and skills to benefit everyone involved.
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This Denver-based dispensary and cannabis cooking company has a much broader vision than simply getting people high (though they’ll certainly help with that as well): Hoping to shine a light on, and ultimately address, the social justice issues concerning cannabis – specifically those issues facing people of color - the company also provides a sustainable, organic option for cannabis products (they also offer vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions). Another claim to fame? Simply Pure was the first black woman-owned dispensary in the state of Colorado.
Check it out: 2002 W 32nd Ave, Denver, CO 80211 | (720) 507-7873
This company is “for us by us” in the truest sense: Whoopi Goldberg and Maya Elisabeth, the founder of Om Edibles and seven-time winner of the High Times Cannabis Cup, joined forces to provide the best ingredients specifically designed to provide pain relief from menstrual discomfort. Things like CBD-based bath salts, cacao powders, massage and therapeutic oils make the aches and ailments seem just a little more bearable, targeting uses only half of the population has to deal with, that often don’t get the attention they deserve in traditional shops and dispensaries. Currently only available in California and Colorado, the brand hopes to expand to other legal use states in the near future.
As the legal cannabis industry continues to grow in the United States, so do the number of companies looking to cash in. Emily Paxhia founded Poseidon Asset Management, along with her brother Morgan, in 2013 to provide asset management services exclusively for investments in the cannabis industry – everything from industrial hemp to SaaS companies, to ag tech and data analytics. The company has since developed portfolio of over 25 diverse cannabis companies within the industry and show no signs of slowing down.
As a high-end cannabis lifestyle magazine, and a creative outlet for cannabis-positive women in a market dominated by men, Broccoli fills a particularly unique niche in cannabis culture. Published three times a year, with a stylish aesthetic, dynamic content base – everything surrounding fashion, art, and culture with an international slant – is covered. Founder and Editor in Chief Anja Charbonneau’s dream of creating a women-forward cannabis magazine also comes free of charge.
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