FEMALE CANNABIS PIONEERS

April 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

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> CANNABIS.
IT'S A BURGEONING NEW INDUSTRY
THAT SOME SAY HAS THE POTENTIAL
TO CHANGE THE WAY WE TREAT
AILMENTS AND REVOLUTIONIZE THE
PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.
WITH NEW BUSINESS COMES NEW
PROBLEMS.
WHILE LAWMAKERS IN ALBANY HAVE
LOOKED AT WHETHER OR NOT TO MAKE
RECREATIONAL USE LEGAL, ONE
ORGANIZATION, WOMEN GROW, WANTS
TO MAKE SURE THE INDUSTRY
DOESN'T BECOME ANOTHER MALE
DOMINATED BUSINESS.
THEY'RE PROVIDING SUPPORT TO
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS SO THERE
WON'T BE A GLASS CEILING TO
BREAK LATER ON.
>> WE WANT TO SEE MORE WOMEN IN
THE FOREFRONT OF THIS INDUSTRY.
WE'RE LOOKING TO CULTIVATE
BUSINESS LEADERS WHO ARE GOING
TO EITHER LEAD OUR BUSINESSES,
COME UP WITH YOUR NEXT
ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESSFUL
PHASE.
WHO ARE LOOKING TO PERHAPS HOLD
SEAT ON THESE CORPORATE BOARDS
THAT ARE ESTABLISHING THEMSELVES
IN THE INDUSTRY.
>> THIS IS THE EXECUTIVE VICE
PRESIDENT OF WOMEN GROW, A
PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO
EMPOWERING AND INSPIRING WOMEN
INTERESTED IN THE BURGEONING
CANNABIS INDUSTRY.
>> SO HERE WE ARE.
WE HAVE THE BRAND NEW INDUSTRY
THAT IS JUST MATURING NOW.
RIGHT?
WE'RE AT THE INFANCY STAGE.
WHY NOT ADDRESS THE ISSUES WE
ALREADY SEE?
WE SEE MEN AT THE FOREFRONT.
AND HONESTLY, WE SEE MORE WHITE
MEN AT THE FOREFRONT.
AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH
THAT BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE
WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT.
AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR
SOCIETY ACROSS THE BOARD BE
REFLECTED IN THE INDUSTRY.
>> ONE COMPANY THAT EMBODIES
FEMALE DRIVES IN THE CANNABIS
BUSINESS IS NEW YORK STATE'S
ONLY FEMALE OWNED MEDICAL
MARIJUANA LICENSEE.
THE COMPANY HAS DISPENSARIES
ACROSS THE STATE AND THE
PRODUCTION FACILITY IS LOCATED
IN CHESTERTOWN IN THE SOUTH
EASTERN ADIRONDACKS.
IT WAS FOUNDED BY THREATEN
MEMBERS OF THE PECKHAM FAMILY.
>> I THINK PARTICULARLY IN THE
MEDICAL MARINE INDUSTRY, IT IS
IMPORTANT TO HAVE WOMEN
REPRESENTATION.
WOMEN ARE OFTEN THE CARE TAKERS.
>> AFTER WATCHING HER MOM CARE
FOR A DYING GRANDPARENT, IT WAS
A DOCTOR WHO SUGGESTED THE
PECKHAMS CONSIDER MEDICAL
MARIJUANA AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO
ALLEVIATE ALL THE SIDE EFFECTS
FOR MULTIPLE PHARMACEUTICAL
PRESCRIPTIONS.
BUT HILLARY AND HER MOM KNEW, IF
THEY WERE GOING TO START A
COMPANY, THEY WANTED TO KEEP
WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT.
>> IT SHOULD BE MORE THAN JUST 1
IN 10 AS A WOMEN-OWNED COMPANY.
I THINK MORE WOMEN ARE TRYING TO
GET INVOLVED.
IF YOU LOOK AT THE DOT COM BOOM,
IT LOOKED LIKE WOMEN WOULD GET
INVOLVED AND THAT WAS A REAL
OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM BUT IT
TURNED OUT THAT WASN'T WHERE A
LOT OF THE INITIAL SKILL SET, OR
THE INVESTMENT COULD COME SO
WOMEN ARE NOT REPRESENT IN TECH.
>> NOT ONLY IS THE FOCUS ON THE
MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS, THE
COMPANY IS KEEPING AN EYE ON THE
DEVELOPING RECREATIONAL
LEGISLATION.
>> SO IT LOOKS LIKE NEW YORK IS
AT LEAST CONSIDERING THE
POSSIBILITY OF LEGALIZING
MARIJUANA USE FOR EVERYONE IN
THE STATE.
AND WE'RE DEFINITELY EXCITED
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY.
AND AS A COMPANY, WE'RE VERY
PASSIONATE.
NO MATTER WHAT DIVISION MEDICAL
OR OUR ADULT USE, THAT PEOPLE
HAVE ACCESS TO SAFE AND HIGH
QUALITY CANNABIS.
AND TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS
REGULATED IN A WAY THAT THE
CONSUMER IS PROTECTED.
>> ON THIS SIDE, THERE IS A MESH
FILTER.
>> WALKING THROUGH THE UPSTATE
FACILITY, HILLARY SHOWS OFF THE
NURSERY AND GREENHOUSE.
>> THESE MANHUNTS O, THESE PLAN
ONLY HAVE ONE LIFE CYCLE.
YOU WILL SEE THESE ONES I SHOWED
YOU.
THEY ARE MUCH SMALLER.
THEY START TO PRODUCE THIS.
THESE AREAS HERE, THEY HAVE THE
HIGHEST CONTENT OFWHAT WE EXTRA
OUT OF THE PLANT.
ONCE THEY REACH THE FINAL STAGE,
WE HARVEST THEM AND WE TAKE BUD
OFF OF THEM AND THEN THAT IS
DRIED AND PUT INTO WHAT WE CALL
THE PACKET.
SO YOU WILL TAKE A SAMPLE HERE
AND THIS IS NOT READY YET FOR
EXTRACTION.
BUT YOU WILL SEE THAT IT IS
FILLED WITH BUDS.
IT IS COMPLETELY DRIED.
AND THEN IT IS GROUND AND MADE
INTO THESE EXTRACTION PACKS THAT
ALLOW FOR US TO GET MORE
MERCURIAL INTO OUR MACHINE TO
GET ALL THE OIL OUT AND START TO
DO SOME PRODUCTS.
>> EACH TEAM PRODUCES OIL
EXTRACTIONS INTO DIFFERENT FORMS
AND THEY ARE ARRANGED BY THEIR
THC OR CBD LEVELS.
SHE REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS LIKE
AS IT FIRST GOT OFF THE GROUND.
>> WE WOULD WALK INTO A MEETING.
IT WAS MALE DOMINATED AND NO ONE
WAS LOOKING AT THEM.
THEY WERE SPEAKING WITH ME.
>> FIRST I CAN TELL YOU AS A
YOUNG WOMAN, IT HAS BEEN MUCH
HARDER, I THINK FOR ME THAN MALE
PEERS TO GAIN RESPECT AND GET
JUST INVESTMENT MONEY.
I'LL BE TALKING TO THEM AND THEY
SAY THINGS LIKE, OH, YOU'RE SURE
SPUNKY.
HAVE YOU TALKED TO JOHN DOE OVER
HERE?
HE SEEMS LIKE A REAL
BUSINESSMAN.
>> IT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF
BUSINESS WOMEN GROW WANTS TO SEE
MORE OF.
AS MORE STATES MOVE TOWARD
MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION.
TO ENSURE MORE WOMEN ARE ABLE TO
GET INTO THE BUSINESS, THEY SAY
WOMEN GROW INTENTIONALLY
ADDRESSES START-UP ISSUES LIKE
LICENSING, LEGAL ADVICE,
ADVERTISING AND THE ALL
IMPORTANT START-UP INGREDIENT,
CAPITAL.
>> YOU CAN'T GET A LOAN IN THE
CANNABIS INDUSTRY.
AS OF RIGHT NOW IT IS STILL
FEDERALLY ILLEGAL.
SO THE FUNDING AND THE CAPITAL
TO SUPPORT THESE BUSINESSES
REALLY HAS TO COME FROM PRIVATE
INVESTMENTS.
AND THIS IS WHERE WOMEN
STRUGGLE.
>> BOTH AGREE THAT NEW YORK IS
IN A UNIQUE POSITION TO MAKE ITS
LEGISLATION FOR LEGALIZATION
FAIR AND EQUITABLE TO ALL.
FOR HILLARY, THAT STARTS WITH
EQUAL ACCESS TO CAPITAL AND
SUPPORT TO GROW.
>> AS YOU SEE MORE STANDARDIZED
INVESTMENT, I THINK IT WILL BE
EVEN MORE MALE DOMINATED.
WHICH IS WHY I THINK IT IS
REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WOMEN GET
INVOLVED NOW.
THAT WOULD HELP MAKE SURE THERE
IS A VOICE THAT CARRIES.
>> WE'RE TRYING EXPAND
NATIONALLY.
WE JUST GOT LICENSED IN
CALIFORNIA.
SO WE'RE HOPING TO KEEP GROWING
THE COMPANY AND SETTING THE GOAL
OF ALWAYS BEING WOMEN OWNED AND
ALWAYS HAVING WOMEN IN
LEADERSHIP.
FOR "METROFOCUS."
I'M JENA FLANNIGAN.

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