Brenda and Tracey were drawn to the industry after transformative experiences with medical cannabis. Tracey is a cancer survivor herself and Brenda lost her father to complications from esophageal cancer. Tracey did not have access to the medicinal benefits of cannabis for cancer treatment until chemotherapy left her desperately seeking relief. CBD hemp oil immediately alleviated many of the treatment’s painful side-effects. Now cancer-free, she continues to use CBD hemp oil therapy every day. (Fortunately, CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states). Simultaneously, Brenda was beginning her research on THC and medical marijuana and how it could help her father in Rhode Island, which had an MMJ program. Becoming both educator and advocate for her dad as well as his doctors, she walked both her parents through the patient/caregiver process.
We’re back with our monthly installment of favorite social media posts from the Women Grow community in August. This month we saw a lot of action at the Signature Networking Events taking place across the country, but our chapter chairs, members, and followers showing up and speaking at many different cannabis events across the country. It is truly inspiring to see the how many of you are growing your businesses, pursuing your passions, and ending the stigma around consumption and use of cannabis.
Having come into my position as CEO right at the end of Women Grow’s second year in business, I will admit that I had some difficulty in deciding what direction to take with this second year anniversary message. I wrote numerous drafts, and spent many hours mulling over what I would say to you, our incredible members and community who continue to champion us. I decided, ultimately, to do some recognition.
It’s July and the Women Grow Signature Networking events heated up the cannabis industry on July 7th. With multiple chapters celebrating one year anniversaries, and Leah Heise, Women Grow’s new CEO attending a couple different chapter meetings, women continue to show up to take this budding new industry by storm. Below we’re highlighting a few of our favorite social posts from the first half of July.
Choosing Gender and Cannabis: Vivian McPeak welcomes Renee Gagnon, one of the first transgendered cannabis entrepreneurs. Renee Gagnon is the co-founder and CEO of International Cannabis Centres Inc. a supply chain solution for cannabis based in British Columbia, Canada and a board member of Women Grow Vancouver Island. In 2013 Renee created Thunderbird Biomedical inc, eventually achieving MMPR 005 in Feb 2014. Founder and CEO Renee led her team through private venture rounds through IPO, stepping down Jan 2015.