Archive for January, 2015

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

Screenshot 2015-01-28 14.31.39

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.

Your Assignment: Write About Sexism In Cannabusiness


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.

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