An Interview With Women’s Cash Flow Expert Debbie Whitlock

By Blair Holt

For aspiring ganga-preneurs, accountability is key.

The modern day entrepreneur is often called upon to be a ‘charismatic’ – someone with a message, both bold and serene, who beams self-belief and gives good brand. But turning one’s sublime agenda into substance is a chancy ride. And many entrepreneurs start to lower their sights once the world starts poking holes in their Big Vision.

Enter Debbie Whitlock.

An entrepreneur and award-winning business leader who now uses her expertise to coach women business owners, Whitlock’s specialty is helping her clients to take the ‘glass ceiling’ off their dreams, and arming them with strategies to navigate the fundamentals of starting a business – or taking it to the next level.

She hosts two radio programs – Femmenation, a series of solution-oriented conversations for women about their lives and relationships, and Femme Finance, which offers guidance and support for women who desire greater mastery over their money.

Whitlock recently spoke at the MJBA’s Women’s Alliance ‘Power to Lead’ gathering on November 6th. There she reflected on what she has seen of the nascent marijuana industry, and urged women to seize the opportunity before them with brio – and strategic smarts.

In a world full of hot-air prosperity pundits, Whitlock offers a refreshing blend of inspiration and grounding. Here she talks about common pitfalls for women entrepreneurs, and what every gal in canna-business needs to have and know so she can hit the ground running.

Legal Marijuana For Parents, but Not Their Kids

NEW YORK:  When the anti-drug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. “It’s a plant,” is a common response.

But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, “It’s legal in Colorado.”

These are confusing times for middle and high school students, who for most of their young lives have been lectured about the perils of substance abuse, particularly marijuana. Now it seems that the adults in their lives have done an about-face.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and in Washington, and many other states have approved it for medical use. Lawmakers, the news media and even parents are debating the merits of full-scale legalization.

“They are growing up in a generation where marijuana used to be bad, and maybe now it’s not bad,” said Mr. Ryan, a senior prevention specialist with FCD Educational Services, an antidrug group that works with students in the classroom.

“Their parents are telling them not to do it, but they may be supporting legalization of it at the same time.”


Moms Form Group In Support Of Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA: Three mothers are throwing all of their efforts into helping their children, the medical marijuana ballot measure, and those seeking guidance.

“I think we all have something in common that we never imaged… that we have a sick child,” said Renee Petro.

Petro, along with Moriah Barnhart and Jacel Delgadillo have formed a group called CannaMoms – a play off the word cannabis — with a very serious effort to campaign for the legalization of medical marijuana.

Petro’s son suffers from what’s called Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) and Delgadillo’s son suffer from Dravet syndrome, which ravages his body daily with seizures.

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Cannabis Mom Worried About “Drug-Endangered Child” Bill

COLORADO: A mother growing marijuana at home to treat her child’s cancer is worried a new Colorado bill in the state senate could ban her from doing so.

It was introduced on April 1 trying to define what’s called a “drug-endangered child”. It’s all part of the Colorado Children’s Code, hoping to stop child abuse.

Sierra Riddle started growing marijuana in her home a couple weeks ago. She uses the magical butter machine. Her four-year-old son Landon takes cannabis oil for his leukemia. He’s been in remission for more than a year. [Read more…]

When They Ask You What Pot Is In School, You Tell Them It’s Something You Cook With

By Sandy Thompson Soderberg

WASHINGTON:  Now while it is true, a pot is something you cook with, this is not what I was being talked to about. It was the early 80’s and the agenda in schools was to “educate” kids about drugs through a program called D.A.R.E. When my folks heard about this coming to the schools, that the local law enforcement was going to be in our schools telling kids LIES about cannabis, bringing in pipes and bongs asking if kids knew what they were, asking kids point blank if their parents used marijuana, well, I was told to lie. And this created fear in and of itself. Was I supposed to lie to the people meant to protect us? Yep. Because we live in a contradictory society that has brainwashed people.

Fast forward 30 years and now I’m a parent. [Read more…]

As Long As We're Confessing Our Pot Past . . .

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Everybody’s doing it – confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways – so here goes.

I don’t remember.

Kidding, kidding. Anyone over 30 recognizes the old adage: If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t there. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk.

It is true that marijuana smoking tends to affect one’s short-term memory, but the good news is that, while stoned, one does relatively little worth remembering. At least that’s my own recollection. [Read more…]

Number Of Children On Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Surges In Colorado

COLORADO: After nearly doubling earlier in the year, the number of minors on Colorado’s medical marijuana patient registry surged again in September, with the addition of 30 more patients bringing the total number of children registered to 90.

That’s according to the most recent data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which oversees the state’s medical marijuana registry program. It’s the single largest increase of kids with parental approval on the marijuana registry this year. The last update in August showed 60 children on the the registry and generally hovered between 30-40 all year. In March and April, the registry saw its lowest number of minors; but it never dropped below 35 in 2013.

Families with children in need of medical marijuana have made headlines all year for uprooting their families from other states and coming to Colorado to take advantage of the expansive medical marijuana laws. [Read more…]

Parents 4 Pot Aims To Eliminate Stigma, Legal Implications For Marijuana Users With Families

CALIFORNIA: A Northern California group aims to remove the stigma and legal implications for parents who smoke marijuana.

Dubbed Parents 4 Pot, the group has a Facebook page and will soon launch an educational website. Organizers said they plan to form a board of directors and start advocating legislation.

“What we aspire to do is to change the way people understand and talk about cannabis in our community,” organizer Mickey Martin told The Huffington Post. Martin, a longtime marijuana reform activist, is the author of Medical Marijuana 101 and founded a marijuana edibles company. He is a parent to two boys. [Read more…]

Becoming Mama Verde

I am many things in this world: wife, friend, sister, auntie, world traveler, philanthropist and volunteer.  I enjoy a few glasses of wine over dinner, neat shots of whiskey for special occasions and the very regular joint of my most favorite medicine:  marijuana.  For the first 34 years of my life, I was satisfied with life, happy with my surroundings and feeling blessed with all that the universe has offered me.  Life was rich. [Read more…]

Behind Closed Doors – Diary Of An MJ Mom

When a friend asked me to write a post for the launch of MJ Moms, sharing my “mommy POV” on the latest happenings in Washington state and across the country on the subject of marijuana legalization as it relates to our children, I found myself going back in time to when my 8 year old son asked me if I ever smoked pot.  What was I to say?  To admit at the time I had smoked what was considered an illegal substance was worrisome, as I did not want my son to model my behavior down the road.  So I did what any loving mother would do – I denied it. [Read more…]