Working in the cannabis industry is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are trials and tribulations you will encounter that you didn’t even think was possible. As we know, there is an overwhelming amount of white men in the industry who own a majority of cannabis businesses, which is why we wanted to spotlight the female game changers in the cannabis space. So tune in and listen up - we’re about to share some stories about who we think is making waves in the cannabis and CBD industries!
1. Mary Pryor
Source: The Extraordinary Negroes
If you haven’t heard of Mary Pryor, you’re going to want to listen up. She is probably one of the most inspiring and influential women we have ever come across while working in the industry. She took her experience as an advertising and digital marketing strategist and personally changed the landscape of this industry. Pryor serves as CMO of Tonic CBD as well as serving as Co-Founder of Cannaclusive, which “was created to facilitate fair representation of minority cannabis consumers.” Pryor notes that she was “inspired by the growing opportunities yet disappointed by the diversity issues taking root in mainstream cannabis culture.” Pryor is a very outwardly spoken activist both in the cannabis community and outside of it, and we know she’s going to continue to move mountains both in this industry and outside of it.
2. Alex Capano
Source: The M Dash
Alex Capano is truly the brains behind the science of cannabis. Capano was the first person in the United States to receive a doctorate in cannabis from the Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis & Hemp at Thomas Jefferson University - in other words, she’s the first official “weed doctor.” Currently, Alex Capano serves as the Chief Science Officer at EcoFibre Limited, which owns Ananda Hemp. Capano is responsible for creating all of the tinctures, body salves, and capsules the company sells, as well as overseeing research done by the company. She believes that women need to lift each other up in this industry, because how else is change going to happen?
3. Kimberly Dillon
Kimberly Dillon is truly a pioneer in the cannabis industry, particularly in the CBD/hemp space. Dillon currently serves as the CMO of Papa & Barkley, which was one of the first companies to bring about the wellness aspects and properties of CBD, and also was the founder of the consulting firm, Plant & Prosper, which is focused on cultivating brands in the cannabis space. She also serves as a mentor for The Initiative, which is focused on ensuring “female founded and female run companies have the greatest chance to be innovators, creators, and success stories.” Dillon has believed in plant medicine from when she was young, as she saw her mother using it to heal herself and her family.
4. Christine Yi
Source: For Working Ladies
If you love cannabis just as much as being in the kitchen, you’re definitely going to want to listen up. Christine Yi is the Co-Founder of Potli, which “strives to bring a top quality, delicious, and easy to integrate cannabis edibles products to your kitchen to help you embrace plant-based wellness and self care every single day.” Yi, along with her Co-Founder Felicity Chen, started Potli originally to help Felicity’s mom who is an asthma patient and first generation immigrant who originally had a negative view of cannabis due to the widely spread stigma. Their first product, their Premium Hemp Infused Raw Honey, not only changed Felicity’s mother’s perception, but sparked a fire in Yi and Chen to continue making more products and fight the stigma surrounding cannabis. They truly want their customers to be more educated about the wellness benefits of cannabis, which they show through their highly cultivated products.
5. Tahira Rehmatullah
When it comes to the financials of the cannabis industry, you definitely want to know this woman. Tahira Rehmatullah currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of MTech Acquisition Corporation and Managing Director of Hypur Ventures. She is also the President of T3 Ventures and serves on the Advisory Board for the Last Prisoner Project, which is “dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry.” She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for The Initiative, specifically for an accelerator program that is focused on female-founded businesses in the cannabis industry. Rehmatullah believes that she can most help women in the industry by mentoring budding entrepreneurs in the cannabis space. Her experience and knowledge will hopefully go a long way and produce more women like her.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you know an inspiring woman in the cannabis industry, reach out to us! We would love to feature them in future articles or on our social media platforms. Feel free to email us at email@example.com or DM us via IG @eossibeauty.
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