If you smoke weed, I doubt the first thing you think of when you toke up is what a fantastic feminist you are. At first, it doesn’t sound like those two concepts should even be in the same sentence together, but in many ways, weed and women were meant to be together. For starters, the marijuana plant we smoke is female. (There is a male plant, but it’s never used to get you high.) Marijuana growers do everything they can keep their whole crop female, and all the flowering plants are cloned from one plant called the Mother.
But ever since we started seeing marijuana use in the media, it’s been predominantly a male-centered subject, which isn’t surprising, considering a 2005 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed adult men were 50 percent more likely to have smoked weed in the last month than women. And until recently, it was very rare to see a female stonerin a movie or TV show unless she was a lazy, un-relatable loner, or someone who was deeply troubled (remember Busy Phillips in Freaks and Geeks?).
That’s all changing, though, and women aren’t afraid to come out and be proud about their marijuana use. As a result, we’re lucky to have shows like Broad City and public figures like Lady Gaga who sing the praises of marijuana. As we shift our perception of what a stoner is and shed previous stereotypes that left women out of the picture, we’re also witnessing women at the forefront of the marijuana reform conversation and at the head of the ever-growing marijuana industry. Like any other pocket of our society, the world of weed is still dominated by wealthy white dudes, which makes it all the more exciting that women are rising in the ranks to demand their voices be heard on the matter. You can’t deny it — it sure is a thrilling time to be a woman who likes to smoke pot.
Here are six ways smoking weed can be a feminist act.
One way to put your feminism into action is by supporting women-owned business as often as you can. If you’re a pot smoker, this is going to be easier than ever, seeing that women are quickly rising to power in the marijuana business, one of the fastest growing American industries today. California-based research company Arcview Research recently released data projecting that weed is expected to bring in $11 billion in revenue in the year of 2019. (Compare that to $2.7 billion we saw in 2014, both in recreational and medicinal marijuana products.)
Considering how quickly the cannabis industry is becoming an important part of our economy, it’s incredible to see women seizing so many roles of leadership within it. There are many different roles for women to make a difference in marijuana trade. Female attorneys, doctors, chemists, chefs, nurses, investors, and others have found their own place in the industry doing work that is lucrative and makes a difference in people’s lives.