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.
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.
DENVER (JUNE 29, 2016) — Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s largest professional networking organization, today named Maryland attorney Leah Heise as acting CEO effective July 1. Co-Founders Jane West and Jazmin Hupp are stepping down from their respective roles as National Events Director and CEO to offer the next generation of cannabis industry leaders, headed by Heise, opportunities within Women Grow’s executive team.
Many of us began our lives of civil disobedience by falling in love. We found that love was more powerful than hate. We found that gender shouldn’t define your destiny. We found that we were stronger together–including every gender expression within our community. We’d like to offer one tale of love & cannabis today from our Chapter Director, Jenn Dowdy. I hope you’ll share your experiences in the comments for our community, as we mourn from San Francisco…together.
20 months, 22 days, and several hours after the launch of Women Grow we have a lot of hope. Hope for a new industry choosing to do things the right way instead of the easy way. Hope for our community of 50,000 women & men finding the perfect way for their talents to create greater wellness for us all. And Hope for ending plant medicine prohibition in several more states this fall.
Fifty floors below our Presidential Suite, in The Rio’s in-house tattoo parlor, a gaggle of Women Grow staff held back our own tears as we watched Liesl Finkler adding our signature red leaf to her permanent tattoo collection… To say that we were moved by the experience would be an understatement.