VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: A cannabis industry dominated by women? That would be revolutionary, says Women Grow’s Chanda Macias.
Corporate culture is dominating the cannabis space these days, and of the many down-level effects that shift is placing on the industry, none can be felt more than the decline of women. As Marijuana Business Daily reported a few years back, in just two short years, from 2015 to 2017, the number of women in the industry fell from 36 percent to 27 percent.
“I know there’s less than 26 percent of women in the industry right now, and they’re steadily declining,” Chanda Macias, Owner and General Manager of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Washington D.C. and CEO of Women Grow echoed to PotNetwork News.
Women Grow is a group that connects and educates cannabis industry leaders through programs and community events targeting both current and hopeful top-tier business executives. It’s a for-profit organization founded in Denver about five years ago designed to help women to succeed in the cannabis industry.
The group holds events all over the country. Macias highlighted her upcoming travels to a synagogue in Philadelphia, curiously noting the trouble with holding educational events at public universities. Women Grow will also be holding their Leadership Summit on June 7-8 in Washington D.C., billed as “a weekend of networking, education, and entrepreneurship.”
Macias was fresh off a talk at the Cannabis World Congress and Exposition when she took some time to discuss the current and future position of women, minorities, and people of color in the cannabis industry.
Her scientific background — she has a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology — puts her at the forefront of the cannabis community, and her organizational work with Women Grow makes her one of its most respected voices.
“There’s plenty of women that are competent to be in the boardroom, numerous women that have the education and the skillset but are not given the opportunity,” she told PotNetwork News.
“Can you imagine an industry dominated by women? Because it would be revolutionary,” she continued.”