Medical Cannabis Lobby Day In Olympia With Ah Warner Of Cannabis Basics

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While attending the 2015 Medical Cannabis Lobby Day in Olympia, Washington, I had the chance to talk with Ah Warner CEO of Cannabis Basics, a  Seattle-based company that makes cannabis topicals.

Ah was in the State Capital representing Americans for Safe Access and lobbying for the big medical marijuana bills that will potentially pass this legislative session. She was also there drumming up support for SB5493, a new topical bill that would allow for the sale of cannabis health and beauty aids in any store in the state without need for a special license.

SB5493 distinguishes cannabis health and beauty products from marijuana which means that products that are made with less than .3% THC will be able to be made and sold everywhere.

The passage of this bill would vastly affect her cannabis topical business, currently only available to distribute to medical marijuana shops in Washington.

http://mjnewsnetwork.com/business/medical-cannabis-lobby-day-in-olympia-brings-out-local-business-owners/

Your Assignment: Write About Sexism In Cannabusiness

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One of my work assignments for the week was to write about sexism in the cannabis industry. Dang, not a topic that I would have picked but I accepted thinking it would be easy. It was not easy. It took me 4 days to squeeze out less than 400 words, sweating over the idea that I might be sending anything negative into the world.

Have I had to deal with sexism in the cannabis industry? Totally. I don’t know a woman who hasn’t had to deal with it. That being said, I think dealing with it requires you to come from a place of personal empowerment.

Here is the full article…Thanks for reading.

http://mjnewsnetwork.com/business/sexism-in-cannabusiness/:

Sexism In Cannabusiness

Sexism in the workplace is probably one of the least sexy things to have to talk about, and yet, it is a topic that comes up for women of all industries including those in cannabis.  While sexism may be an uncomfortable topic it is something, especially as a woman, that is hard to avoid.

Let’s face it, sex is used to sell pretty much everything and it is common in our society for women to be objectified in print. Open any cannabis related magazine and you will see multiple examples of beautiful, young, women in sexy poses matched with the latest products for sale.  How does this imagery affect us, our business, and our industry?

In the male-dominated cannabis industry, it is common to be the only female in the lunchroom and have to endure hearing sexist jokes, unprofessional sexual innuendos, inappropriate invites, and a general level of social unsophistication.

While one area of focus might be on men or society’s influence as the culprits, we as women play an important role in changing negative sexism around us. As business owners we are able to set social policies that do not tolerate inappropriate sexual conduct. As women we can respond to unwanted sexism from an empowered place and teach those around us how we want to be treated with a grace that still allows for business to exist. But how?

What is an effective way to react to sexism in the workplace when you encounter it? Is it good to react and speak up against it or hold your tongue in silence and let the moment pass?

How can we as women and business owners stand taller in our power to not allow the sexism that we are exposed to on a regular basis, negatively affect us, or our business environment? Not only that, how can we lead our industry to hold a higher standard of how we depict and treat women?

On Saturday, January 24th at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue, Washington the MJBA Women’s Alliance warmly welcomes Betty Aldworth, Executive Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy as its keynote speaker. Together with leading women of the cannabis industry she will conduct an open and honest discussion of Sexism In The Workplace.  All women are welcome.

Tickets for this day long event to unite leading women in the legal marijuana industry from Eastern and Western Washington are available online.

Cannapple Ginger Juice

This is a simply delightful cannabis juice that tastes like a spicy treat as it saturates your endocannabinoid system.

Dust off the juicer for this one!

Cannapple Ginger Juice

-50 grams of fresh raw cannabis leaves

-2 carrots

-1 apple

-1 inch piece of raw ginger

1) Soak cannabis leaves in cool water for a few minutes before juicing.

2) Put all ingredients through your juicer.

Makes two servings.

Cheers to your health!

Raw Cannabis Rules

Raw Cannabis Rules

-TwiceBakedinWA

My Year With MJBA

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2014 ended up being a very full year for me. I got a job in the legal cannabis industry with the Marijuana Business Association. I have to say that being part of MJBA has been a little life adventure all in itself.

While I often get to be part of their events, a large portion of what I do for MJBA is done from the computer in the comfort of my home. Being able to work (in my pajamas) regardless of how I am feeling has been appreciated on those ‘spoonie’ days when there was no way I could have left my house.

Since before the summer I have been getting up almost every single morning at 4:20am as part of my self-imposed work schedule. While this may sound like hell to some people, I’ve been able to build a nice, gentle routine around getting up early to exercise, hydrate, meditate, and medicate before starting work at 5:30am. I actually like it.

2014 was the year that my face publicly became attached to cannabis.  Up until last year I had been keeping my identity somewhat anonymous. That was SO last year. This year my face has been in magazines, on the news, on videos, and endless event pictures now plastered all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube and MJ News Network. It has been amazing to be out there, part of the cannabis industry, documenting my experiences along the way.

More than anything else, this year I found a new tribe at MJBA- a group of smart, ambitious, lovers of cannabis. Thank you MJBA for a wonderful 2014!

Being Norml, Talking Weed On The Streets Of Seattle

This past weekend I met up with Ah Warner from Cannabis Basics on the streets of Seattle near Pike Place to represent Norml Woman’s Alliance Of Washington. We stood on the street for a few hours talking to people walking by about cannabis.

While there were people who would come and talk to us, there were also a lot of people who would look at what our sign said and then purposely divert their eyes so as not to have to maintain eye contact. And then I got a “Booo” by one man walking by which I found to be an interesting reaction.

The point of us being there was to normalize in public what people who use weed look, act, and talk like and also strike up a conversation with other “normal-looking” people about cannabis, a subject that is new for many of them.

Overall, it was a good afternoon. I appreciate being able to experience a whole other level of awareness by being with other people who have such a passion for this amazing cannabis plant.

MJBA Women’s Alliance “Power To Lead”: Powerful Women Leading By Example

The women, the power, the love.

The women, the power, the love.

This past week I attended ‘The Power To Lead’ hosted by the MJBA Women’s Alliance at the Red Lion in Bellevue, WA.  This was my first MJBA Woman’s Alliance event that I have been able to make and I was not disappointed.

After being warmly welcomed by Morgan, MJBA’s leading woman, the owner of Washington Bud Company, Shawn Denae, got on stage as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.  We were graced with Shawn’s vibrant energy that took us on a journey through her personal stories of being in the cannabis industry while showering us with tidbits of inspiration and wisdom. She began by giving us an invaluable networking tip for the evening: “Be present with the people you are with and be curious about each other.”  At that point we all turned our mobile devices off and fully came into the room.

Next to speak was AC Braddock, CEO of Eden Labs.  I love being around this woman. As she stood on stage explaining that her company has grown by 400% she also authentically expressed how stressful it is to be the leader of a business that is growing so rapidly and how vital it is to lead with calmness. While this real live yogi stood there with beauty and grace, she told the room “You don’t know what you are capable of until you do it. So, do something- lead, follow, or get out of the way.” She also brought attention to the instant calm that she experienced when she entered the room that night regardless of the very stressful day she’d had.  I know the calm she is referring to. It’s like plugging yourself in for a recharge by just showing up and being present with a room of powerful, confident women who are leaders in their lives. Most women I talked to that night also told me that they had had a very challenging day and week but this night was exactly what they needed.

Shawn Denae came back on stage and said something that hit it all home: “Leadership is sweeping the floors when the floors need to be swept. It is vital to lead by example.” That simple concept felt like the common thread from everybody who spoke.

When Giana Lampreda of WAM Oil got on stage she gave her experience in the cannabis industry that many in the room could relate to…being surrounded by mostly men all day long and having to play a leadership role among men. Her advice was invaluable: “Let go of your ego to understand the insecurities of the people you are working with and you’ll discover a new way of doing things.” From a woman who has fought cancer with cannabis and daily is helping others fight for healthy lives, I couldn’t help but sit there in awe of how thankful I was to have known her power and for every single hug I have ever received from her.

After a ten minute break Diane Fornbacher, the publisher of Ladybud magazine, got on stage. Now, she is the reason I had been excited to be there in the first place. I’ve been a fan of her magazine, Ladybud, and the way that her eloquent use of words even just on social media sparks my imagination. At that point I couldn’t focus on taking pictures or anything else but absorbing every morsel she was about to spit out.

“Cannabis is the gateway to revealing ourselves to one another and the world.”

“The living death of a poet is not being able to express yourself.”

“What are we doing with our time as this person?”

“Who would I be if I gave up? Fuck That. ”

It was a wonderful thing to meet her and to see into her eyes. What a beautiful soul.

Next, Anne VanLaneSeal of NWMJ Law for the cannabis industry got on stage and reminded us to be passionate and deliberate on how we conduct ourselves in business. She also reminded us to lead by example and realize how important what we are doing is in this country right now. “Have big dreams and do not fear the challenges.” Thank you for saying those words. 

Last, but not least was Debbi Whitlock. This beautiful woman of sunshine got on stage and shared her heartwarming experience with cannabis topicals. She reminded us that our health is our capital and to care for ourselves.

At one point she asked the room to raise their hands if they feel like they had found their calling. Looking around the room almost every single hand was up in the air…including mine. It was a powerful moment worth pausing for. “Don’t stop before the magic happens.”

I’ve been in a lot of rooms with only women in them. While most women will be nurturing, welcoming, and loving toward each other this group was different. These are a different breed of women, if you will. They know what they want, they know how to stand in their power, and they are confident in what they do regardless of the challenges that come with speaking up for what you believe in.

To be surrounded by that energy is invaluable. Thank you MJBA Women’s Alliance for providing a space for me to be inspired by others of my breed.

-TwiceBakedinWA

Adventures In Tacoma’s Cannabis Farmer’s Market

 

This week my adventures took me to The Patient Cannabis Exchange in Tacoma, WA. I didn’t go there with high hopes but I have kept hearing that is was a great place to visit so I thought I would give it a visit.

I was pleasantly surprised. While this place is not fancy it’s charm comes with the people inside. There was a lot of vendors to choose from offering a wide variety of flowers, products, edibles, topicals, and concentrates. I was really impressed with the amount of edibles that was available with really interesting options even for a picky girl like me. I also got to meet one of my favorite cannabis food bloggers, THChristi!

I ended up spending a little more time than I was planning to spend there because I was so warmly welcomed. The vendors were wonderful to talk to and the other people visiting made for an upbeat but mellow crowd to be part of.

I really appreciate the cannabis farmer’s markets that we currently have with medical marijuana in Washington State. This model of farmer to patient is incredibly helpful for patients who can get the best deal possible, learn everything about their medicine from the person who grew it, find the wide variety of choices that most patients need.

Not only that but the markets are a place for the MMJ community to meet other patients, come together, share stories, give hugs, and learn how to be part of positive change for medical marijuana.

Thank you to all the people who make these safe access points happen.

-TwiceBakedinWA

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