Women-Owned Retailers on the Importance of an Inclusive Cannabis Culture 

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Women-Owned Retailers on the Importance of an Inclusive Cannabis Culture

Women who own authorized cannabis retail stores share their unique approach to business and what it’s like to seek gender parity in an emerging industry.

From investors to store founders, the cannabis industry has long been a male-dominated space. This month, we’re highlighting eight women who own licensed stores and offer fresh perspectives on Ontario’s cannabis industry and the promise of a more diverse future.

Jennawae McLean, CEO and Co-Founder
Calyx + Trichomes

Jennawae McLean is a long-time cannabis activist who’s strived for gender and racial equity since entering the licensed retail space. Having advocated for legalization, she now serves on the board of NORML Canada, an organization that focuses on cannabis policy reform and public outreach.

“As an activist who fought prohibition with the hopes of one day selling cannabis legally, finally being here is a dream come true. I have carved out a spot in this industry for myself by being myself — a driven stoner with good networking and reasonable business skills. With few exceptions, I have generally felt supported and appreciated, and my voice and perspective have been amplified by both men and women.”