Queens of Cannabis

Cannabis Weekly
Jul 28, 2015 · 5 min read

Unless you live under a rock, you know that the United States cannabis industry is booming. Exploding, rather. Despite federal roadblocks and protests from the far right, business is expanding and flourishing in many states. While this is a male-dominated field (as in most industries), this progressive movement has provided opportunities to a multitude of burgeoning female professionals. We wanted to highlight the most eminent and promising of this ambitious group. Here is a rundown of some of the most influential women in the field.

Dr. Amanda Reiman

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What doesn’t Dr. Reiman do? As the Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance, Reiman works tirelessly towards marijuana reform. She is on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland and, before that, she served as the first chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley. She has completed a plethora of studies regarding medical marijuana and regularly presents her findings at national health conferences. She is also a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley.

Reiman uses her education and skills in a variety of positions to inform, enlighten and guide. She is undoubtedly a crucial player in the cannabis realm.

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Barbara Lee

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A Congresswoman serving the 13th district of California, Lee has been instrumental in giving rise to medical marijuana legislation. She works to prohibit federal forces from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. This protects both dispensaries and the people who rely on their marijuana’s medicinal benefits.

Lee has been hugely influential in California and helps sway public opinion in the rest of the country. She utilizes her law-making position to support and advocate for medical cannabis, making her a hero and inspiration to many.

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Jazmin Hupp

Hupp is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Grow, an enterprise that “connects, educates, and empowers” women & men in the cannabis industry. She wants to help women launch successful marijuana-related businesses. Hupp works towards this goal through setting up regular events throughout the U.S., as well as providing online resources.

Working as a catalyst for women in the marijuana business, Hupp has been and will continue to be important in this fast-growing industry.

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Genifer Murray

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As the Founder and CEO of CannLabs, Murray is behind the testing of a vast number of cannabis products. In fact, the majority of marijuana businesses in Colorado use the Denver-based CannLabs. The lab helps companies confirm that their products are safe for use and in accordance with state law. CannLabs recently launched StrainData, a website that compiles information from the lab’s findings. Consumers use this site to learn about the different strains and where they can be found.

Murray’s step into the worlds of both medical testing and the cannabis business has proved extremely successful. She plays a significant role to businesses and consumers alike. Murray is, and will continue to be, a motivator for female scientists and entrepreneurs.

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Julianna Carella

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Carella founded Auntie Dolores, a California-based edibles brand, in 2008. Her business sense and 20-plus years of experience baking and cooking with cannabis have helped make Auntie Dolores one of the state’s leading edible brands. Currently serving as the CEO of the company, Carella is also a marijuana activist. She has been vocal about the issues cannabis businesses face when filing taxes.

Carella’s success as a business owner, as well as her knowledge of the issues facing cannabis operations, make her a prominent member of the cannabis community.

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Shabnam Malek

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President and Executive Director of the newly-formed National Cannabis Bar Association is a lofty title, and it’s one that Malek is excited to take on. According to its website, the NCBA has a goal of educating and connecting cannabis industry lawyers with the purpose of providing superb legal assistance to the growing industry. There seems to be no end to legal disputes regarding marijuana, and Malek seeks to help others navigate this complicated domain.

Malek’s high-powered position, combined with her intelligence and expertise, prove that she is a force to be reckoned with. She has high hopes that women will continue to join and lead the cannabis industry.

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While the marijuana industry is largely led by men, it is new enough that this pattern is not yet entrenched. Women hold important positions, help pass pro-marijuana laws and are the leaders of successful companies. The ladies above serve as an inspiration to both men and women who want to make a difference in the cannabis world.

If we missed any other inspiring and influential woman in cannabis, please let us know.

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