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I know what you’re thinking–  finally a club for women to get together, roll up, and relax.

That’s not exactly what this new group is all about, but by joining you could potentially make enough money to have the luxury of sitting around and rolling up.

Women Grow is an organization for female entrepreneurs interested in the cannabis industry.  The group launched last year and exists to help women “get in on the ground floor of a booming industry” (instead of later having to fight their way in) explains their executive director.

“People think of cannabis smokers as mostly men,” says Laila Makled. Makled has lead the Women Grow DC chapter for about 5 months now. “At Women Grow we’re saying yes we’re women, we like cannabis, and we want to be entrepreneurs. We also want to remove the stigma that comes with being a cannabis consumer.”

Eleanor Holmes Norton Addresses Women Grow DC

Earlier this month, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the at-large representative for Washington, D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives, addressed the DC chapter meeting of Women Grow.

The group is hosting a series of networking events designed to connect, educate, and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders and aspiring and current business executives.“Women Grow is doing a fantastic job supporting women in the burgeoning legal cannabis industry here in the District and across the nation,” said Norton.  “The four states and the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational use of cannabis, and the 23 states and the District that have legalized medical use of cannabis, are pioneers that need to feed from the experience of one another.”

“We have kept Congress from overturning Initiative 71, but their undemocratic denial of the District’s right to regulate cannabis for commercial or other purposes creates a dilemma.  Our residents can legally possess cannabis, but except for the small amount they can grow, Congress has forced residents to find the illegal market to purchase it.  The resulting invitation to lawlessness is what happens when Congress ventures into territory reserved for local officials alone…”

Our residents can legally possess cannabis, but except for the small amount they can grow, Congress has forced residents to find the illegal market to purchase it.

Women Are Early Adopters

Makled of Women Grow DC knows first-hand the issues misinformation surrounding the cannabis industry can cause. “Initiative 71 has a lot of grey areas,” she says.  “We wants to make sure people know how to operate within the law.”

“This group is for women who are early adopters. Women who want to be educated about and get their foot in the door of the cannabis industry. Women are key decision makers at home and at the polls, so our presence in this industry is critical.”

Interested in checking out Women Grow DC? RSVP here and attend their next meeting.

Laila Makled leads the DC Chapter of Women Grow 
Featured Photo by Jessica Polar via Unsplash 
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