Happy monday, Boss!
Go ahead and bring those weekend good-feels right on over with 'cha. I've got another packed letter for you today, so get comfy. Ready? Chanel White is on the pod sharing her uber inspiring story, the first women run equity fund focused on hemp & cannabis is born, Victoria Atkins (Britain's Drug Minister) had to give herself a time-out, and Sue Taylor shows us that 70 is the new 40. And so much more, so keep reading!
Enjoy and make it a purposeful week! - Jac
On the podcast:
This week I'm talking to Chanel White, Director of Client Relations at WikiLeaf. Chanel focuses on generating positive communication and company preference through proficient, knowledgeable interactions. She is also a seasoned content developer with mediums ranging from non-profits organizations, to popular news outlets such as The Huffington Post. With a background in early education, medicinal cannabis consultation, and motivational speaking, Chanel fosters comprehensive education and meaningful conversation in all she does.
In this episode, Chanel shares her story of being diagnosed at age 20 with an incurable rare and super aggressive autoimmune and connective tissue disease, Systemic Sclerosis. We chat about her brave journey through extremely harsh medical treatments and undergoing a risky human clinical trial, sharing her journey publicly to inspire others also adjusting to a new normal, how cannabis provided her with quality of life (and eventually new career), and her tireless mission to erase the heavy stigma surrounding cannabis and bring recognition to its incredible medicinal properties. Click below to listen to Chanel's inspiring story!
Whoops. Britain's Drug Minister, Victoria Atkins, has voluntarily recused herself from commenting on cannabis-related policy. Seems she "forgot" to disclose her hubby's involvement with Britain's largest cannabis farm when she was appointed last November. I wonder how one does one's job effectively if one can't actually comment on a major part of one's job? Hmmm... BBC
First of many. Producers of Amazon Prime's "The Marijuana Show", Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull, have announced The High Finance Fund, the first women run equity fund focused on the industrial hemp and cannabis industry. Cha-ching! LA Cannabis News
Loud and proud. Last week we shared Miss Grass's survey results from polling over 200 moms who use cannabis. Even more moms are coming out and sharing how cannabis helped them get through their pregnancy. A group of over 5,000 self-described 'CannaMamas' believe they wouldn't have made it to term with a healthy delivery without it. Fox
Meanwhile, mamas all over the globe are fighting for legal access to medical cannabis for their children who are suffering from epilepsy and other ailments. These mama bears are not giving up.
Hollyweed Queen. Owner and CEO of Premium Produce, Priscilla Vilchis, shares candidly about her rise in the cannabis industry and the growth of her cultivation empire. Cannabis Business Times
Period power. Canadian student, Kayla Joyce, is looking to fill a cannabis research gap. She is seeking female participants between the ages of 19 and 45. Her study will "look at their cannabis use in real time and their mood related to cannabis across the menstrual cycle.” HeraldNews
Never too late. Meet Sue Taylor. This retired Catholic school principal is the first African-American senior to own a dispensary in the Bay area. Oh, and she's also 70 years young. Boom. EastBayTimes
Moolah. Bootstrapping a biz isn't easy. And with only 2% of VC dollars going to female founders, a sharp canna-boss like you needs to think outside of the box. Entrepreneur
Take me away. Need a relaxing time away? This ladies-only, all-inclusive retreat may hit the spot. It's like a big girl slumber party with all the snacks you can eat and all the Mary Jane you can smoke. The Guardian
It's possible. Advice from four women that have successfully transitioned into the cannabis space from other industries and their predictions for the road ahead. Proactive Investors
And if you listened to this week's podcast ep, you know why this advice is key.
“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.” ~ Anna Wintour
In case you missed it:
Check out last week's episode with Adelia Carrillo, founder & CEO of Direct Cannabis Network. We chat 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. Click below to listen.
So you know:
Congressional committee protects medical marijuana from Jeff Sessions Forbes
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio preparing city for marijuana legalization, instructs NYPD to halt arrests Newsweek
DEA Chief's congressional testimony about legal marijuana angered some, baffled many Entrepreneur
How the Supreme Court's ruling on sports gambling will pave the way for marijuana legalization Paste
Hail to the Hemperor, lordly mascot of New Belgium’s ‘dankest ale in the world’ AdWeek
Bags of cash and stealthy deliveries: how pot start-ups pay taxes New York Times
Here's how much marijuana costs in the United States vs Canada Forbes
This seed-to-sale cannabis platform wants to be the PayPal of pot Fast Company
Aurora’s buying spree raises ‘question marks’ ahead of pot legalization Bloomberg
Despite legalization, marijuana black market hides in plain sight NPR
US Attorney: Oregon has major pot overproduction Associated Press
Canopy applies to become first pot producer listed on the NYSE Bloomberg
Selling cannabis is illegal in Estonia, but the leaf is on one municipality’s new flag Washington Post
Africa's first medical cannabis dispensary opens in Durban Aljazeera
Deep-pocketed investors are storming Oregon’s cannabis market. They’re shifting the business model from mom-and-pop shops to Starbucks Willamette Week
Legalizing marijuana in New York could create a $3.1 billion market, says NYC comptroller CNBC
Around the research way:
Cannabis drug reduces drop seizures in severe epilepsy Medscape
Research initiative wants 100,000 MMJ patients for project Westword
Five Philly med schools approved to research marijuana Philly Daily News
This cannabis-based drug is on the verge of making history Motley Fool
New study highlights the social impacts of cannabis legalization in California Forbes
A Northwestern study investigates a connection between coffee and cannabis ChicagoMag
Growers say medical marijuana research dispensaries will unfairly flood market TribLive