Hey-oh, it's Monday! Ready, boss?
Miss Grass Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Anna Duckworth is on the pod, the DEA's mega list of marijuana nicknames is out for your giggling pleasure, Cynthia Nixon is giving away a literal bong, and move over Airbnb—a Boston company is offering canna-friendly lodging.
Fuel yourself well. - Jac
On the podcast:
This week I’m talking to Anna Duckworth, a writer, editor and strategist from the Great White North (read: Toronto). Anna is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Miss Grass—an elevated magazine and e-comm platform for women and cannabis (which the media is calling the GOOP of cannabis). Anna is the Former Head of Content at cannabis brand dosist (once hmbldt) and Managing Editor of The Alpine Review magazine. She also writes a weekly newsletter with her buds called buckslip, which was called one of the best of the year in WIRED. I get that newsletter and it rocks.
In this episode, Anna and I dig into the moment she knew she wanted to become a writer and the path that led her to eventually becoming Head of Content at Dosist; Anna’s personal story with cannabis and becoming a conscious consumer of the healing plant; Miss Grass’s mission and why she and co-founder Kate felt it was so important to create this platform for women; How Miss Grass is using it’s platform to educate, advocate and amplify diverse minority voices in cannabis; the juxtaposition of fundraising for a consciously diverse woman focused company when most investors are not women or culturally diverse; and more. Tune in to our chat now!
All clear. Rhode Island's Governor, Gina Raimondo, has signed marijuana expungement legislation into law. It states "[W]here the court has determined that all conditions of the original criminal sentence have been completed, … the court [will] order the expungement without cost to the petitioner." RI Legislature Gov
New mission. Former President of Overstock, Stormy Simon, has shifted her business attention to working with cannabis companies. "I just thought, Wow, this is historic, I can't remember a time where the states had the power in something this big." Entrepreneur
Untold stories. Tiana Darnell, creator of the new podcast, Hi, Good People, was one of ten women podcasters of color chosen (out of 18,000 applications) by Spotify for for an all-expense paid bootcamp in NYC to develop their projects. Tiara's podcast is about cannabis from the perspective of people of color. "...when you look at all social media content, it also reflects a lot of whiteness. Especially working as a budtender, there’s people from all walks of life, all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels, all ethnicities, that come into the dispensary, and there’s also that long history of the War on Drugs and American drug policy and the communities and the people of color that [it] disproportionately effects. It just hit me like, okay, I should do a podcast about cannabis from the perspective of people of color, and let’s explore the stories that the media is not telling." Merry Jane
Not blowing smoke. Cynthia Nixon announced her campaign is holding a contest to give away a bong signed by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City in support of her campaign platform to legalize cannabis and end the criminalization of people of color. "80% of New Yorkers arrested for cannabis are black or latinx, while people who look like @abbijacobson, @ilazer, and I essentially get a pass. We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity." TimeOut
Fresh face. Brandi Leifso, founder and CEO of Evio Beauty Group, has penned a partnership deal with Aurora Cannabis. "With the support of a dedicated parter like Aurora, we will continue to scale our female empowerment initiatives while addressing pain points in the cosmetic industry. By utilizing hemp seed oil and cannabis derivatives, we can enhance ingredient transparency, reducing the use of harmful anima by-products and ecologically unsustainable inputs." CosmeticsDesign
"Listen to understand, not to reply." - Natalia Butenko
Learnings + Resources(in or out of cannabis):
Money. Ten female founded venture capital funds you should have in your network
Leadership. The secrets of leadership presence for every woman leader
Action. How to scale your cannabis business in 4 steps
Education. Where's your personal network -- And how can you use it?
Growth. 3 challenges you're likely to face once you open for business
Wellbeing. 7 Thriving female entrepreneurs break down how becoming your own boss can be the ultimate self care
In case you missed it:
Check out last week's episode with Holly Alberti. Holly heads up Integrated Customer Experience on the Flrish marketing team, supporting the Harborside Family of companies. We chat about Holly’s journey into cannabis business and how she’s honed in on her business sweet spot; the power of connecting, fostering and maintaining relationships - not only as you build your business but in life; Holly’s experience marrying passion & skill set and choosing to work only with companies whose mission and philosophy are aligned with hers; how to market & amplify brands within the current federal restrictions; getting down to the 'why' behind your biz and creating a meaningful story your consumer can connect with; how your brand can be a vehicle for change and education to help alter perceptions and miseducation about cannabis; and the importance of women taking the initiative lift each other up and invest in one another.
So you know:
Behold the DEA’s massive list of marijuana nicknames RollingStone
As marijuana goes mainstream, investors rush in NewYorkTimes
Future of MMJ nasal sprays, inhalers and suppositories in flux Westword
Big money tests marijuana waters, with hedge funds leading charge Bloomberg
'Every lab is backlogged': California pot labs hustle to test weed under new rules DesertSun
How MedMen became the Starbucks of pot Entrepreneur
Medical cannabis producer Canopy Growth's plan to enter the new recreational marijuana market Forbes
There’s a sea change coming for the $1 billion marijuana-based industry you’ve never heard of — here are some of the most popular products BusinessInsider
When marijuana is legal in Canada, Americans are expected to flock. But the border, and U.S. law, stands in the way WashingtonPost
Coming soon to a lab near you? Genetically modified cannabis Nature
Wine and Spirits Wholesaler Association voices support for cannabis legalization BrewBound
Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging BostonGlobe
A California college is studying cannabis by having people smoke marijuana and try to drive News5
They worked at Apple, Amazon and Lyft. Now they're working to get you stoned LATimes
Brazil lawmaker puts marijuana legalization on the table Marijuana Moment
The new ethics of eating weed GQ
Israeli marijuana researchers to open first U.S. clinic in Laguna WoodsTheOCR
Around the research way:
July 2018 Report: Assessment of the potential impact of regulated marijuana in New York State NYGov
Medical marijuana reduces opioid prescriptions, another study finds Forbes
Medical marijuana treats chronic pain in adults, LI study finds Newsday
Cannabis users exhibit increased brain activity at rest, study finds PsyPost
Cannabis research for veterinary patients advancing, cautiously JAVMA
Cannabis exposure harms zebrafish embryos: U of A study EdmontonJournal
Understanding emerging forms of cannabis use through an online cannabis community: An analysis of relative post volume and subjective highness ratings ScienceDirect
Identification of synergistic interaction between cannabis-derived compounds for cytotoxic activity in colorectal cancer cell lines and colon polyps that induces apoptosis-related cell death and distinct gene expression PubMed