Meet the “Puffragettes” of the Cannabis Industry

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A new documentary about women in weed has the cannabis industry and the film world buzzing. In Mary Janes: The Women of Weed, filmmaker Windy Borman shines a spotlight on the “puffragettes” aka the women who paved the way for the cannabis industry to become as big and successful as it is today. Without these puffragettes (a term Borman coined) the industry as we know it would not exist. “We define ‘puffragette’ as a woman or a man who is working for gender parity, social justice, and environmental sustainability in the cannabis industry. It’s an intersectional feminist movement that focuses on the cannabis industry. It’s open to everyone,” Borman says.

Mary Janes, which debuted at a film festival in NYC a couple months ago, delves into all aspects of the cannabis industry, from the cultivation side to the business side, to the science and technology side, thus giving the viewer a varied and informed look into what makes the cannabis industry tick.

Borman said in an interview with Forbes, “We wanted to make sure that we had cultivators, we had the people who were writing the laws that people would get a chance to vote on, the business leaders, the medical providers, the science and technology people who are creating apps or testing the cannabis to make sure it’s safe for people.”

Mary Janes even deftly tackles feminism and the cannabis industry. In 2015 36 percent of cannabusiness owners were female, according to MJBizDaily. This number has gone down some, as more and more [male]investors are drawn to the industry. One thing cannot be denied: this industry would not exist without the puffragettes who helped make it.

Source: Forbes

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