How to show yourself to women and minorities in cannabis
There are 28 days in February honoring the black community and 30 days in March honoring women. But that’s not enough. We must actively choose to support women and minorities with cannabis around the clock.
It is easy to believe that women face a range of problems while people of color face another, but the time has come to realize that between the types of discrimination each group faces, big ones There are synergies. Often, strategies that suppress one suppress the other.
Women and Weeds: A History of Cannabis and Women’s Health
What many people fail to realize is that real solutions help both groups because there are people who belong to both groups. If we are ever to address the problems that minorities face in cannabis, we must strive to find out what problems we are facing.
Focus on intersectional solutions
It’s easy to get excited about new laws being passed, but sometimes we have to pause and think about whether a new law helps or hinders progress. For example, many people understand that the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, guaranteed women the right to vote. However, it was not until 1965 that black women secured their right to vote.
It’s easy to celebrate the success of the new cannabis legislation, but it’s important to assess how legalization can help all minority groups.
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When considering solutions for women in cannabis, we need to consider solutions for all women in cannabis, including those who may need more support due to intersectionality. Social justice programs should be designed to provide opportunities to both women and people of color, especially women of color.
Consider a spectrum of relationships with doctors and nurses
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The cannabis talk is and will remain linked to health, but different groups of people have different relationships with doctors and nurses. These relationships shape the way women and minorities treat the plant.
Many women get fired by their doctors when they turn to them for help. People of color, especially black people, often have a deep distrust of doctors because of a legacy of abuse. This raises a few important questions that need to be answered, including:
How can medical marijuana markets (which require interactions with a doctor) better serve women and minority users? Does a doctor’s refusal to recognize cannabis as medicine negatively affect women and minorities? their own care?
All of these questions could pose barriers to happy, healthy, and elective cannabis use for women and minorities.
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Help women gain access to capital and resources for cannabis companies
Women have been fighting for equality of money, property, authority and respect for years. Color communities had to do the same. Access to capital, leadership, and ownership are major barriers that both groups often face, and it is important to understand that both are consequences of good old-fashioned patriarchy.
“The money and resources businesses need to survive and expand often come from private capital markets such as family investment offices and venture capital firms – a largely male-dominated industry.”
Marijuana Business Daily
Because the patriarchs who made the rules of our society were white men, the harm that the patriarchs do harms anyone who is ignorant or male. This includes access to capital, wealth and the security that goes with it. Cannabis businesses require planning, funding, and a degree of financial security that women and minorities don’t automatically get.
Without more awareness and effort about how women and minorities get the money to start businesses, they will continue to be excluded from the cannabis industry if misogyny continues – a devastating prospect for such a promising industry.
How to help women and minorities with cannabis
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We have barely scratched the surface of the problems minorities in cannabis face when trying to open cannabis stores or to come into contact with the plant in an authentic way. You can help the cannabis industry grow more equitably by doing the following:
Assisting minority- or women-owned cannabis companies.
Double points if the founder of the company is both. There are organizations, breeders, consultants, writers, medical professionals, and more waiting to show you their expertise.
Hear women in real time.
The speed at which the cannabis industry is moving offers women many opportunities to demonstrate their intuition, skill and expertise. Listen to their ideas and keep the mansplaining to yourself.
Supporting ethical cannabis research.
Cannabis studies are hard to come by. Cannabis Studies For Women? Even harder. Do some research on women and weeds so you can put women’s needs first.
Learn more about cannabis prospects than your own.
Have a chat or do some research on how other cultures and people use cannabis.
Avoid reputable policies related to cannabis use.
Stop judging women and BIPOC for cannabis use and help us normalize cannabis care.
Help end the drug war.
Black and native women suffer disproportionately from excessive arrest rates due to the war on drugs. Women in prison often lose sovereignty over their bodies and many struggle to regain all of their rights when they show up. Help end the racist drug war that affects more people of color than whites.
Janessa was born and raised in the Midwest. She is the current arts editor for Leafly. She has a background in content, activism, and African American studies.
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