You won’t have any problem finding scantily-clad beauties hawking a wide variety of cannabis-related products whether you’re looking online, in trade rags like High Times or attending one of the ever growing number of cannabis festivals, but women are quickly stepping up to take the reins of this fledgling industry as it enters the mainstream. Here are 5 women you should keep an eye on:
1. Salwa Ibrahim – Dispensary Owner & Cannabis Innovator
Not only does California-born Salwa Ibrahim co-own an Oakland dispensary named Blum, she’s also the executive director of Medifarm and heavily involved in a hydroponic company called Terra Tech as the senior vice president. And, she’s active in the medical marijuana communities in both her home state & Nevada.
2. Greta Carter – Owner/Operator of the Biggest Legal Recreational Pot Farm in the World!
A mom of five and previous bank executive, Greta was the 71st person in Washington state approved to be a recreational marijuana grower in 2012. Once licensed, Greta went on a 15-day pheno hunt to gather 1600 individual plants composed of over 70 unique strains to open her “Life Gardens Farm”. She’s now proud to say that she’s the “mom with the most mothers”. Greta was also instrumental in writing Washington’s Initiative 502 and organizing Washington’s Coalition for Cannabis Standards & Ethics.
3. Shaleen Title – Drug Reform Activist & Cannabis Recruiting Agency
In addition to working for legalization, Shaleen can help you get your foot in the door with a legitimate cannabis -related business through her THC Staffing recruitment agency. Everyone who works for THC Staffing is female, but Shaleen can help either gender find their dream job. However, over half of the placements do go to women & they are seeing a growing number of women with mainstream corporate backgrounds show an interest in the burgeoning cannabis industry.
4. Allison Kopf – Co-Founder of Tech Start-Up & TechCrunch Battlefield Winner Agrilyst
Agrilyst doesn’t sell themselves as a cannabis company, but they do specialize in providing software solutions to indoor farming operations, and we all know what that means. According to Agrilyst, they want to be the “Google for Greenhouses” by pulling in and analyzing a wide variety of data through sophisticated sensors then running it through a complex set of algorithms to help growers boost yields, reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
5. Robin Hackett – Co-Owner of Colorado’s BotanaCare MMJ Facility
After an on-the-job injury when Robin worked as a steelworker, she turned to MMJ to help manage her chronic pain. From there, she partnered up with her sister in 2010 to open Botanacare. She has gained an insane level of knowledge by observing the effects of MMJ on the more than 800 patients who frequent her operation. If you include recreational enthusiasts, that gives Robin 2000 more brains to pick for information and new ideas. Botanicare’s research data is so extensive that scientists are now coming to Robin to get answers about everything from dosing to side effects.