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Hope you had a chill weekend. Now it's time to get back to it. Inspiring pod chat with Adelia Carrillo is ready for download, Sen. Kamala Harris knows what time it is, canna-moms come out, and Colorado dispensaries have some employee re-training to do.
Read up and then go get shit done. You've got an empire to build. - Jac
On the podcast:
This week I'm talking to Adelia Carrillo, Founder & CEO of Direct Cannabis Network. DCN is the leading digital business-to-business news network covering the latest tech, entrepreneurs and innovative companies in the cannabis industry. With her roots in the corporate and consumer electronics industry, her passion for technology, startups, and innovation has been a key strength in her transition into the cannabis space. Becoming a voice for the upcoming startups, uniting the cannabis business community, Adelia is building an inspiring yet prominent voice in the world on the topic of cannabis entrepreneurship.
In this episode, we talk about how DCN came to be and the process of finding its voice, Adelia's experience being a first-time CEO while building a team and developing company culture, the ups and downs of fundraising, and how we can support other women in or interested in the cannabis industry.
KAPOW! Sen. Kamala Harris is joining forces with Sen. Cory Booker to co-sponsor the Marijuana Justice Act. Not only would it de-schedule cannabis, but also clear the records of those with prior marijuana related convictions. Someone already serving time in federal prison for marijuana related crimes would be able to petition for re-sentencing. "Right now in this country people are being arrested, being prosecuted, and end up spending time in jail or prison all because of their use of a drug that otherwise should be considered legal." The Hill
Conscious consumption. More and more moms are coming out of the cannabis closet and sharing their experience with the plant. A recent survey of 200 moms found "100% of mothers see the plant as a way to tap into their maternal instinct, to be more present with their children." However, the survey also found that 62% have experienced discrimination for their use and 55% hide it from someone in their lives. Hey, I get it. I've hidden it from people too. But we shouldn't have to. So, for the record: Hi, I'm Jac. I'm a mom and I use cannabis. Miss Grass
Oh and here are some moms working in weed! Forbes
Who's buying? That's what Sister Kate, founder of Sisters of the Valley, wants to know. She and Sister Claire are at Cannes promoting and selling their new documentary "Breaking Habits." Sister Kate has big plans. In my recent pod chat with her, she said she's planning to make Sisters of the Valley a 50 million dollar biz within the next five years. Go, Sister, go! Variety
Opinionated. A female mystery caller, pretending to be 8-weeks pregnant with morning sickness for a recent study, contacted 400 dispensaries in colorado (mix of medical & recreational) asking if they'd recommend cannabis for morning sickness. A whopping 69% said yes, while only 32% suggested speaking to a healthcare provider. US News
No bueno. Cynthia Nixon has ruffled the feathers of several prominent black leaders for her comments to Forbes on the cannabis industry being a "form of reparations." The Root
O is for of course! Gayle King spilled the beans on her bestie. Turns out, Oprah enjoys the ganja too. O is a super smarty so I kind of feel like we already secretly knew that. People
Get with the program. Jessica Ginet thinks your company should have more to brag about in its advertising than defaulting to hyper-sexualized portrayals of women. She's right. Leafly
BYOC. Goat yoga is cool, but cannabis yoga is way cooler. This California studio class experience is bringing its students to new highs. Lonely Planet
On the move. Busy attorney Shanel Lindsay helped write the Massachusetts cannabis regs, while also inventing the NOVA decarboxylator on the side. This savvy entrepreneur isn't slowing down any time soon. Forbes
“I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.” ~ Nora Ephron
In case you missed it:
Check out last week's episode with Ophelia Chong, founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education. We chat about confronting her marijuana prejudice and how that led to creating StockPot Images, being an Asian-american female in the cannabis industry, hurdles she's encountered getting her business off the ground (even as an ancillary company), working to change the face of cannabis and her outreach work within the LGBTQ, Veterans, Women, Minorities and disabled communities, and her advice for women interested in getting into the industry. It's a fun one! Click below to listen.
So you know:
Lots of doctors recommend weed without understanding it Wired
Why budtending could be the hottest job of the next five years Fortune
Legal weed could revolutionize PTSD treatment for veterans Vice
Congressional Black Caucus Pushes Major Marijuana Reforms Marijuana Moment
Marijuana super PAC created to oust legislative 'sphincter' Rep. Pete Sessions Washington Examiner
California rules may make weed shippers report themselves to the Feds Wired
Inside the High-Tech Solution for Smelly, Smelly Weed RollingStone
Canadian pot growers say marijuana byproduct a wasted opportunity for industry CBC
If Illinois legalizes marijuana, what happens to pot-sniffing dogs? Pantagraph
Top executive out at medical marijuana company Washington Post
Surest Way to Face Marijuana Charges in New York: Be Black or Hispanic The New York Times
Inside Shopify's strategy for dominating the booming cannabis industry Business Insider
As marijuana business booms, Denver loosens its purse strings Bloomberg
Legalizing Hemp Brings Schumer And McConnell Together Forbes
How some states are planning to compensate the communities most devastated by the war on drugs Pacific Standard
Canaccord Genuity is hosting its 2nd Cannabis Conference in NYC on May 17th. It's invite only, but we can watch some of the presos via webcast. Register here.