WEED AFICIONADO “Cannabis Contributors: Cultivation Classic highlights women in Oregon’s industry” by Becky Garrison
By Lisa Snyder|Published On: May 20th, 2018|0.9 min read|
The contributions of women to Oregon’s cannabis community were front and center at this year’s Cultivation Classic in Portland. Among the 28 main-stage speakers, 19 were women, including six women of color. Andi Bixel, creator of Drip Sweets, served as main-stage emcee. Also, every presenter for the May event’s four workshops identified as female.
The Truth About Women in Cannabis, a panel led by Lisa Snyder and Samantha Montanaro, co-creators of Tokeativity, a cannabis community for women, highlighted the realities of women working in the cannabis industry. Seven female entrepreneurs, representing diverse ethnicities and sexual orientations, offered short testimonies to the unique struggles they face as women in their endeavors. From sexual harassment to racial profiling, these women painted a picture that illuminates the dichotomy between the cannabis plant that brought them healing and the growth of a commercialized cannabis industry that discounts their experiences and contributions.
Lisa Snyder is the Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Tokeativity, The Global Feminist Community for Active Cannabis Culture.
She is a feminist and plant medicine advocate with over 25 years of digital strategy experience and has passionately supported the self-healing revolution through consumption and plant medicine advocacy.
She has been recognized for her work in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo! Finance, The Guardian, MJ Lifestyle, Travel Portland, Dope Magazine, Civilized, Magnetic Magazine, Willamette Week, and Time Out New York among others.
After losing both parents to cancer in her 20’s, she passionately partnered her community building, feminist event planning, and web skills with fellow event planner, cannabis entrepreneur and community builder, Samantha Montanaro, to create Tokeativity in 2016.