Cannabis professionals from all facets of the industry are set to make big strides. The number of female executives in cannabis stands at 27 percent, higher than the 23 percent average number of executive positions held by women across all industries nationwide, according to Marijuana Business Daily.
Dr. Lakisha Jenkins. Master Herbalist, Founder, The Jenasis Medical Group.
A member of the American Herbalist Guild, Dr. Lakisha Jenkins is a registered master herbalist and traditional naturopath. Dr. Jenkins has helped write legalization laws for the state of California as a founding member of the California Cannabis Industry.
The cannabis industry is proving to be a welcoming environment for female entrepreneurs.
These 23 women chosen for CANNVUS's #Elevated Magazine’s Women to Watch list have crafted their companies from the ground up, created new woman-focused alliances and distrupted traditional business models to paved the way in this rapidly evolving cannabis industry.
Tahira Rehmatullah. Managing Director, Hypur Ventures. Chief Financial Officer, MTech Acquisition Corp.
Managing director at strategic venture capital fund Hypur Ventures, Tahira Rehmatullah helps early stage venture leaders and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry realize their ideas.
Pamela Hadfield. Founder, HelloMD.
A UX software designer, Hadfield created HelloMD, a user-friendly resource for patients looking to use medicinal cannabis.
Jessica Peters President, Moxie Meds.
A cannabis clinician, Jessica Peters is the founder of Moxie Meds, which offers medicinal cannabis for women, by women.
Priscilla Vilchis. CEO, Premium Produce.
A proponent of cannabinoid products and owner of the Queen of the Desert cannabis brand, Priscilla Vilchis is the first minority female CEO awarded two licenses to cultivate and produce cannabis products in the Nevada desert.
Shanita Penny. Founder and CEO, Budding Solutions.
Founder and CEO of the consultancy Budding Solutions, Penny’s a proud cannabis activist who lobbies on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Rachel Knox and Dr. Jessica Knox. Cofounders, The Canna MDs.
The Knox sisters are passionate about all-natural remedies to fight disease and promote general well-being.
Johanna Motz. Cofounder, PolyKulture Cannyard.
Striving to pioneer a more ethical way to farm, Johanna Motz is cofounder of PolyKulture Cannyard. She oversees marijuana plant growth operations using only regenerative farming practices.
Charlo Greene. Reporter turned advocate for marijuana legalization, gogreene.org.
Charlo Greene is a pioneer in the cannabis industry, likely best known for quitting her job as a reporter on air while covering the Alaska Cannabis Club, a medical marijuana organization.
Tiffany Bowden. Cofounder, The Minority Cannabis Business Association. Chief Happiness Officer, ComfyTree.
Chief Happiness Officer at ComfyTree, a cannabis e-learning enterprise, Tiffany Bowden is passionate about educating cannabis industry professionals.
Emily Paxhia. Cofounder and Managing Director, Poseidon Asset Management.
Emily Paxhia is cofounder of the cannabis hedge fund Poseidon Asset Management. Paxhia reviews thousands of companies in the cannabis industry, aiding countless entrepreneurs with pitching preparations, business strategy, business operations and products.
Tsion “Sunshine” Lencho, Amber Senter, Nina Parks, Andrea Unsworth and Isamarie Perez. Founders, Supernova Women.
Supernova Women aims to empower women of color to plant a stake within the cannabis economy. Fostering a nurturing community and workshops, the organization provides educational resources and the tools to succeed within the industry in a safe environment.
Dr. Chanda Macias. Owner, National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary.
Dr. Chanda Macias owns the number one medicinal marijuana dispensary in Washington D.C., National Holistic Healing Center. Dr. Macias supports her treatment methodology with a scientific background as a biomedical research scientist.
Lynne Lyman. California State Director, The Drug Policy Alliance.
Lynne Lyman has worked as the California state director for the Drug Policy Alliance since 2012.
Jessica Velazquez. Managing partner & CEO, Indiva Advisors.
Managing partner & CEO of Indiva Advisors, Jessica Velazquez is committed to providing accounting, tax and advisory solutions to cannabis businesses, helping business owners to protect their interests.
Jane West. CEO, Jane West.
Called the “Martha Stewart of pot,” Jane West is widely known for her lifestyle brand of accessories and home goods that encourage women to experience cannabis.
Jaime Lewis. Owner and founder, Mountain Medicine.
Chef Jaime Lewis loves to create cannabis-infused edibles. Her Colorado dispensary, Mountain Medicine, supports local farmers in creating flavorful sweet and savory products using high-quality ingredients.
Mary Jane Gibson. Culture Editor, High Times.
Mary Jane Gibson has been on the High Times editorial team since 2007. Now covering culture, entertainment and trends, Gibson believes the cannabis industry can benefit from listening to people who actually smoke weed.
Amy Poinsett. Cofounder, MJ Freeway Business Solutions.
Amy Poinsett provides software to cannabis businesses since she cofounded MJ Freeway Business Solutions in 2010. Her software tracks inventory for growers and provides tools for growing legal cannabis businesses and governments to regulate the industry.
Cindy Pinzon and Leone Posod. Founders, Treat Yourself.
With a keen interest in health and wellness, best friends Cindy Pinzon and Leone Posod cofounded Treat Yourself, a company that specializes in female-friendly cannabis products.
Noa Kahner. Founder, Kahner Global.
For more than three years, Noa Kahner has been helping cannabis businesses get the funds they need to get off the ground and thrive. Her company, Kahner Global, hosts Cannabis Private Investment Summits in cities across the US and Canada.
22. Susan Bunce. President, cofounder and owner, DB Labs.
In 2014, Susan Bunce noticed that although medical cannabis was legal in Nevada, there wasn’t any way to make sure sure consumers were getting a safe product. So, she cofounded DB Labs, the first cannabis testing lab certified by the state.
Wendy Robbins & Karen Paull. Cofounders, Creators and Producers, The Marijuana Show
Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull set out to help guide entrepreneurs to success when they created “The Marijuana Show” in 2014. What started as a journey to find the next marijuana millionaires had soon grown into a critically acclaimed television show.