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Inspiring Women Pioneers in the Medical Marijuana Industry

We are living in an unprecedented time in the history of legalized cannabis. As legislation continues to pass across the United States, Americans now have more access to the healing powers of cannabis than ever before. Missouri residents with a medical card can visit dispensaries throughout the state, accessing an array of medical marijuana products to treat a wide range of conditions and improve overall well being.

As we celebrate Women’s History month, Missouri Medical Marijuana card wants to take some time to highlight some of the amazing women pioneers in the field of cannabis who have created opportunities and inspired others with their work. As the medical marijuana field continues to grow, providing relief, jobs, and economic stimulus, it’s important that we celebrate the women who have helped us get to where we are today. Here are just a few of the women who have made cannabis history:

Dasheeda “The Weedhead” Dawson

Dasheeda Dawson, who goes by the nickname, “The Weedhead,” is making a major impact in the legal cannabis market. She took her knowledge of the corporate sector and struck out on her own to become a marijuana pioneer. Dawson was a closet marijuana smoker until she decided to move to Arizona, using her business knowledge to thrive in the burgeoning marijuana industry.

Her executive strategies have won numerous awards, and she was the founder of the first black-led company to be featured in a Times Square digital ad. Dawson’s book, How to Succeed in The Green Rush, is a how-to-guide and an inspirational workbook designed to help others learn from her knowledge and succeed in the blossoming cannabis industry.

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead is mostly known for the work she did with indigenous and developing societies, making her one of the most known anthropologists in the world. She had strong opinions on whether or not marijuana should be legalized.

If lawmakers had simply listened to Margaret Mead, cannabis would have been available to patients over fifty years ago and the “War on Drugs” could have been avoided entirely. Dr. Mead gave an impassioned speech at a Senate hearing all the way back in 1969, calling for the legalization of marijuana.

Dr. Mead was a fierce advocate for cannabis until her death in 1978. She often pointed out the hypocrisy of making something as healing as cannabis illegal while allowing so many toxic habits, such as tobacco and alcohol, to permeate our society without breaking any laws.

Allyn Howlett

Dr. Howlett’s research and discoveries were a game changer in understanding how our brain reacts to cannabis. This neuropharmacologist discovered the CB1 cannabinoid receptor in 1988, alongside her graduate student, William Devane.

Her research opened the floodgates of discovery as it relates to the endocannabinoid system, allowing us to understand how cannabis can benefit those who suffer from hundreds of medical conditions. She continues her research today at Wake Forest, where the Howlett Lab is developing new cannabinoid medicines.

Ann Lee

You wouldn’t expect an eighty-eight year-old Republican to be at the front lines of the marijuana legalization movement, but Ann Lee isn’t your typical octogenarian. She discovered the healing powers of cannabis when her son became wheelchair-bound and found that cannabis made him feel better.

She and her husband founded the group Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, and she has become an outspoken voice in the movement to legalize cannabis. She believes the American drug war unfairly penalizes minorities and has created “Jim Crow all over again.”

Tsion Sunshine Lencho and Supernova Women

Tsion Sunshine Lencho is part of a growing number of black cannabis advocates who are making a difference. She worked as an attorney before founding Supernova Women, an organization founded by and for women of color with the goal of helping them break into the cannabis industry. Their primary goal is to empower women of color to become “self sufficient shareholders in the evolving cannabis economy.”

Supernova Women is part of a growing number of cannabis organizations helping people of color, with a focus on fostering community empowerment through advocacy, holistic education, and training.

Supernova Women also strives to foster a safe space for difficult conversations and seeks to amplify the messages of their constituents on a local, state, and national level.

Tammy Puyear and the Women of JAINE

Women are making cannabis history right here in Missouri, including Tammy Puyear, co-president of JAINE. JAINE is a non-profit dedicated to educating and creating business opportunities for women in the cannabis industry.

JAINE’s board members include women across the state of Missouri who have expertise in the areas of nursing, alternative healing, business, and education. They strive to create growth and knowledge to current business leaders and to foster opportunities and engagement for women who are new to the industry.

How Missouri Gets Relief!

If you are ready to experience the relief cannabis provides, you’ll need your Missouri medical marijuana card. If you need some help getting your card, that’s what we’re here for. Our medical team is standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.


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At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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