Good morning, Boss!
Welcome to the inaugural M+J newsletter where you'll find curated high quality news about the world's women in cannabis all in one place. You'll also hear in-depth podcast interviews with industry insiders. I'm Jac Carly. My goal with this newsletter is to equip women with insights into this new and rapidly growing medical and recreational renaissance. Stick around a few issues. Keep and open mind. There's a lot to cover. I'll do everything I can to bring you the best stuff. Hit reply with any questions.
On the podcast:
This week I'm talking to Stephanie Karasick, Founder and Chief Patient Advocate of Strainprint. Strainprint is a mobile app that allows medical marijuana users to input data about their cannabis experiences, including information on what they’re treating, what they’re using, how much they’re dosing and the resulting effects. Not unlike using a tool like fitbit, that measures our progress, Strainprint gives us a snapshot on what works best for our body. Like cannabis bio-hacking! Strainprint's mission is to help people improve their quality of life by using cannabis better.
In this episode, we talk about how Stephanie’s experience using cannabis (following a PTSD diagnosis) led to her creating Strainprint and the incredible growth of the company. We also talk about Strainprint's newly launched Analytics Business Intelligence Platform (a web-based data platform for visually mining the world’s largest data set on strain efficacy and real-time patient use), about our mega love for dogs, about the stigma of having a cannabis related business and how she talks to her kids about cannabis.
Just for her. CEO, Alison Gordon, of 48North Cannabis Co. says they are creating a health and wellness cannabis brand for the female consumer. The company also has plans to go public by mid-May through an RTO. New Cannabis Ventures
New York state of mind. Activist and award-winning-actress, Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York. In an interview on the Wendy Williams Show, Nixon shared her support for marijuana legalization, including recreational use. “I’m absolutely for the legalization of marijuana,” Nixon said. “Let’s capture some of that revenue.” Variety
Wild Wild West. Jane West's not-so-yellow brick road story to mega success. "As cannabis went mainstream and users became more sophisticated, even replacing things like wine drinking with weed consumption, there was a gap that needed filling, and Jane was determined to be the one who did that." Entrepreneur
Preach, Sister! Kate Plabom writes an open letter to Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, encouraging him to prioritize cannabis industry regulation provisions for women and minorities. Currently, there are none. "By making an effort to destigmatize cannabis use among women (and minorities and minority women), in the same way you are trying to destigmatize women in senior government positions, you can teach Canadians to name, celebrate, and defend female agency." Leafly
Can't hold hold us down. Female leaders in Northern Nevada are knocking down barriers in male-dominated business sectors, including cannabis. (Part 2 of 3 series) Northern Nevada Business
“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai
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On my radar:
'Severe restrictions’ will mean no celebrity endorsements of pot products: Bill Blair The West Block
9 Prominent Women in The Legalization Movement High Times
School Nurses In Colorado Could Soon Administer Medical Marijuana To Students Civilized
First Lady of NYC Supports Marijuana Legalization High Times
We Don't Have The Resources To Police Marijuana Dispensaries,' Sessions Allegedly Admits To Colorado Governor Civilized
Illinois Women in Cannabis Hosting 'An Evening with Congressman Earl Blumenauer,' the Leading Champion of Cannabis Reform Global Newswire