The stereotyped dazed and confused stoner has long been male — think Cheech and Chong, Harold and Kumar, Bill and Ted or any number of buddy comedies — an image the emerging legal cannabis industry would like to keep firmly in the past.
In fact, women have emerged as a potent force in a post-legalized universe.
From such pioneers as Dina Browner, who opened one of the first California dispensaries and helped inspire the titular character of “Weeds,” to ex-presidential candidate and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a sponsor of the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, female leaders of cannabis, like the plant itself, have seen parallel growth.
Who’s pushing forward in business and culture?
A diverse baker’s dozen (including two sets of pairs) for whom the cannabis flower is most certainly female.