Women Of Weed Ride High In Philly

By Sam Wood
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) While men dominate the cannabis space, in Philadelphia, there are plenty of female entrepreneurs who are making their mark taking on crucial leadership roles across the industry. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer

One area woman has received $3.5 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to study aspects of marijuana.

Another is a former martial arts athlete who ran an erotic boutique before seguing into CBD products. And a third is a former Top Chef contestant who infuses marijuana in her food and aims to write a cookbook.

Cannabusiness is attracting women of all backgrounds, from millennials to boomers, from private equity hotshots and serial entrepreneurs to planners of underground pot parties.

Is there “pink-washing” in marijuana, where male-owned businesses use women as cover on an application? Probably. But nevertheless, women persist.

The Inquirer is profiling women who have started businesses or are active in the field of recreational and medical marijuana. Pennsylvania and New Jersey both award medical marijuana licenses, among 33 states that have done so, and there have been proposals in both states to broadly legalize recreational use.

It’s not just marijuana that is opening up business opportunities. Hemp, marijuana’s cousin and the source of the nonintoxicating CBD, was grown in Pennsylvania for more than 260 years as a valuable cash crop until it was banned in the 1930s.

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