Women favor marijuana legalization at rates not all that different than men. It is a bit ridiculous that I even need to say this, but there is a persistent myth out there that says women oppose marijuana legalization in much greater numbers than men.
But not only do women favor legalization in substantial numbers, they have helped to lead the legalization charge and, for that, we cannot resist calling out the following five women (in alphabetical order) for their substantial and varied and effective contributions:
1. Noelle Crombie: Well researched and well written media reports have been and will continue to be key to industry progress and Noelle Crombie has provided those things in spades as The Oregonian’s marijuana reporter. Ms. Crombie understands and cares about Oregon and its marijuana industry and she does a great job (both in terms of quality and quantity) in reporting on both. Information is power, and Ms. Crombie’s objective and unbiased conveying of information no doubt played a role in Oregon’s recent vote to legalize.
2. Diane Goldstein. Diane Goldstein is a “21-year veteran of law enforcement who retired as the first female lieutenant for the Redondo Beach Police Department, (CA). She is a speaker and Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and is a guest columnist for the Huffington Post, The Leaf Online, High Times, The Orange Juice Blog, Medical Marijuana 411, and Ladybud Magazine, as well as appearing on television and on radio as a political commentator.” Ms. Goldstein’s message is a simple one: to reform marijuana policy in this country, we must reign in law enforcement, especially the Drug Enforcement Administration. Her law enforcement background coupled with her powerful messaging is helping to speed up the end of prohibition.
3. Alison Holcomb. Ms. Holcomb is more than a crusader with a cause. She is an immensely persuasive leader who used the facts, rigorous debate, and sound policy to convince Washingtonians to vote to end marijuana prohibition by passing Initiative 502. The ACLU recently announced that Ms. Holcomb will be heading up its $50 million campaign to end mass incarceration in this country by completely revamping criminal justice policies (which we hope includes removing marijuana from the Schedule I drug list).
4. Dr. Amanda Reiman. Dr. Reiman is a powerhouse public speaker and a true expert in drug policy reform. Dr. Reiman chairs the City of Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission and she serves on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland. She is also policy manager of the Drug Policy Alliance’s Marijuana Law and Policy unit. To say that she has helped to shape marijuana policy in this country and will continue to do so is an understatement.
5. Jane West. Jane West is Executive Director of Women Grow, an influential Denver-based organization focused on the business education of female cannabis entrepreneurs. According to its website, “Women Grow was created to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives. Founded in 2014 in Denver, Women Grow serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale.” Paramount to the influence of women in the industry is getting the more involved, and Women Grow does just that on a whole new level of female participation and advocacy.