Women Leaders in Cannabis finds group to take Thanksgiving donations

OREGON:  A nonprofit trade organization based on philanthropy has reached out to help during the holiday – but had the offer turned down.

The group, “Women Leaders in Cannabis,” says it’s been denied several times.

The Eugene office of the Oregon Department of Human Services and two charities said “no” when the group wanted to donate turkey dinner baskets to clients in need.

But they finally found a group who said “yes”.

KindTree Autism Rocks is a volunteer group that celebrates people in the autism community.

When WLC said they wanted to donate food baskets, Autism Rocks was excited to receive them.

The group says they are not concerned about WLC’S association with cannabis.

“It’s more about, you know, let’s meet a need in this community and it’s an act of generous giving and passing forward,” said Vice President Molly Elliott of Autism Rocks.


The Women In Cannabis Who Keep Me Lifted

WASHINGTON:  Last night I attended MJBA Women’s Alliance ‘Power To Influence’ at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle, WA. Surrounded by lady politicians, business owners, advocates, moms, and grandmas I had my spirits lifted and was reminded why I am sitting here right now plinking on a keyboard about cannabis.

When I joined my first women’s cannabis group, a couple of years ago, I didn’t have my face on my blog, any kind of social media around it, and was nervous to come out publicly as a cannabis blogger and user. It was then that I attended a party with Washington Bud Company’s, Shawn Denae, and expressed my concerns about having my face attached to marijuana. She gave me a look I’ll never forget and told me that they are all putting themselves way out there so if I mean what I’m doing, then go for it. The very next day I updated my blog to include a picture of myself and never looked back. I’m not sure she even knows she did that for me and I am forever grateful that she did.

But this is what I’m talking about. When I hang around these women in cannabis I am spoken to candidly while still feeling supported and I am reminded that I am not alone on this path. I have a whole tribe of powerful women in my camp who want to see me succeed and celebrate with me.

Women At Work: No Old-Boys Network In New Field, Medical Marijuana Pioneers Say

ILLINOIS:  It’s an industry, they say, that’s too new to have a glass ceiling. And for many women, that’s a good reason to get into the booming legal marijuana business.

“There is no such thing as an old boys’ network in a new industry,” says Wendy Berger Shapiro, co-founder of a group called Illinois Women in Cannabis.

Berger Shapiro started the professional networking group with attorney Dina Rollman last August to “get women at the starting line at the same time as the men,” Rollman says. “So they’re not playing catchup, and they’re leading the industry, shoulder-to-shoulder with the men.”

With Illinois having legalized medical marijuana, seriously ill people who qualify could be able to obtain legal weed as soon as this fall, some predict.

Meet The Women Behind “The Power of Politics”

WASHINGTON: In preparation for tomorrow evening’s historic gathering, MJNewsNetwork sat down with the Washington power women behind the “Power of Politics” – ladies from both sides of the political aisle, representing recreational and medical marijuana business owners – to ask them about tomorrow’s historic event.  Organized by the MJBA Women’s Alliance, and sponsored by Eden Labs, Washington Bud Company and Cannabis Basics, the exclusive evening of information, inspiration and activation takes place on Wednesday, March 25th, 6PM at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle.

Since Colorado and Washington first voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in late 2012, the legal cannabis market has grown from $1.5 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion last year, according to industry estimates. That kind of velocity gets the attention of investors, many of whom focus on tech.

AC Braddock, CEO of Eden Labs


AC Braddock, CEO of Eden Labs, Presenting Sponsor of “Power of Politics” and National Sponsor of MJBA:

We have an opportunity as a state to create two separate and hugely successful industries: Adult Use (Recreational) and Medical Treatment.   Currently Medical is in a legal grey area which does no one any good.  This needs to be changed immediately and legislated in such a way as to compliment and support both industries.  Washington has a long history of Best Practices and some of the most successful companies on the planet.    We can lead the nation in research, consumer protection, sustainability, social responsibility while supporting our historic micro business culture and big industry.  We are a state of innovators and activists…a powerful combination when we work together for change.

Why should women in the cannabis industry become politically engaged? 

Legislators are very busy people who are multi tasking as best they can to represent your voice.  They need factual information, real-life perspectives, problem solving suggestions and a personal connection to effectively legislate on your behalf. No one wants to make a bad decision, making them entirely open to advisement and suggestion. It is profoundly important to listen to their perspective and questions and then offer your assistance.  Your voice is truly the future of the industry.

And lastly, who should come to this event and why?

Women are the largest growing sector in the Cannabis industry not only as a market, but also as business entrepreneurs and medical practitioners who bring a set of sensibilities that are ESSENTIAL for the paradigm shifts happening in the business world.  There is nothing to hold you back and we are here to support and promote you.  Be the very best and most powerful you can be…we are.


 we are allowed to attend, but NOT allowed to testify. However, we can send written comments that will be delivered to the Planning Commission via sally.evans@snoco.org.

Shawn DeNae, President of Washington Bud Company


Shawn DeNae, President of Washington Bud Company, Mistress of Ceremonies and MJBA National Sponsor

This is the first time in the history of mankind that women are poised to lead an industry and this ancient yet infant industry is it! The atmosphere is not only favorable but supportive; blame it on the Age of Aquarius, [Facebook COO] Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In or the female nature of the plant we love.

Why should women in the cannabis industry become politically engaged? 

Now is the time the important foundation of legal cannabis is being planned and women are helping guide that conversation.   Direct communication with our lawmakers is vital and that is why the MJBA Women’s Alliance chose to have this event now.  We do not have the luxury of decades to become part of each other’s circles of influence.  We need to know our lawmakers and they need to know the pioneering women, the entrepreneurial women and the legacy women of cannabis.  We must build trust so we can cross the bridge to legitimacy in every corner of politics beginning at the local level.

Who should come to this event and why?

Join us in the relaxed atmosphere of the lovely Palace Ballroom while we get a glimpse into what inspired these politically placed women to step up and take charge.  They can be our mentors to being more effective at creating change toward a future we are proud to pass along.

I’m excited to be Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening and have some really juicy questions lined up! You’ll want to be there; bring your story and come make “herstory” with us!
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=210Y9i4uEWc]

Expected speakers will include Republican Senator Ann Rivers, author of the market consolidating SB 5052; Democratic Senator Jeanne-Kohl-Welles, author of SB 6083 calling for home grow for all adults 21+; Bellingham City Councilwoman Pinky Vargas, Mayor of Sultan Carolyn Eslick; Seattle City Councilwoman Jean Godden, along with the MJBA Women’s Alliance’s cadre of  business leaders, including Cannabis Basic’s founder Ah Warner – who helped to write the HABA bill, which would allow for the legal sale of  “topicals” — salves and lotions made with low-levels of THC, and Joy Beckerman, President at WA State Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association, a leading activist helping to legalize industrial hemp in the state.will explore how Washington’s medical and recreational laws are changing, and how those changes will impact operators of the state’s cannabis businesses.




Women Grow Lobby Days February 11-13, 2015 Washington, DC


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Meet with members of congress in a structured environment surrounded by some of the top women in cannabis. No lobbying experience required! The National Cannabis Industry Association will schedule meetings on the hill and provide you with training.

The passing of protections for state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients and caregivers in the omnibus spending bill is a direct result of coordinated lobbying by the cannabis industry & movement. Lobbying is a high-impact method to have your perspective on legalization and regulations affect public policy. 

Plan to arrive on February 11th for dinner and depart February 13th after lunch. There is no cost for this program but you’ll need to cover your own expenses. If you’re interested in joining us, email events@womengrow.com and we’ll get you more details after the holidays. 

email events@womengrow.com

Seattle WA 11/6: MJBA Women’s Alliance Hosts Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher

WASHINGTON:  MJBA Women’s Alliance and Eden Labs team up for an exclusive evening with Ladybud Magazine publisher Diane Fornbacher and dynamic personal and business finance expert Debbie Whitlock next month in Seattle for “The Power to Lead.”

Get inspired to lead the way with other major women leaders in the cannabis industry, including mistress of ceremonies Shawn DeNae Waggenseller of Washington Bud Company, legal pioneer, Anne Van Leynseele of NW MJ Law, and other fierce females to be announced soon.

The Power to Lead
Thursday, November 6th, 5:30pm-9pm
Bellevue Red Lion

Corporate Members and VIP ticket holders are invited to a special VIP Meet & Greet Reception preceding the main event in the Evergreen Room at 4:20pm.

* * *

MJBA Women’s Alliance works collaboratively to enhance the growth and strength of our individual businesses and the collective development of the cannabis industry.