Intersected: Leah

Intersected is…

A project that explores the intersectionality of women in cannabis. We see the world through a unique lens, one shaped by our identity which affects our opportunities, experiences, and growth. The focus for Dopeafide for Women's History Month was to explore different lenses by photographing 12 women in Portland, Oregon and collected writings based on their personal experiences. We prompted our participants to tell their stories and bring an item that empowered them. We are honored to share their stories with you today.

Photo by Dopeafide 2020

Today we highlight Leah Maurer, writer, activist and co-owner of The Weed Blog


Consider what cannabis meant to you ten years ago and how it affected your life then vs. today. What does your day to day life look like now? Is cannabis a consistent part of it? Is it not? How does your gender, race, class, and age affect your cannabis use and the opportunities you are presented in the industry? What do you hope for you future.

Leah Maurer:

10 years ago I was coming out of a fog from a SWAT raid that was done on my home in the midwest because my partner and I were growing a small amount of cannabis in our basement.  This experience opened my eyes to the social and criminal injustices intertwined in the drug war, and prompted me and my family to move to the west coast and become engaged in drug law reform efforts.  You could say cannabis set me on a whole new path in life that I would never have thought I would be walking 10 years ago.

Cannabis was a consistent part of my life then and continues to be today.  Every day I spend my time writing and publishing about cannabis news and information, and I continue to use cannabis regularly for a variety of reasons.

I grew up (and still have) white privilege, size privilege, class privilege, and identify as cisgender woman (which is also a privilege considering transgender people are being killed and persecuted each day in some places).  I believe wholeheartedly that I have been presented with opportunities both in the cannabis industry and in life that others may not have, simply because of my race and class.  There is so much work to be done to offer reparations and give back to minority communities who have been hit hardest by the drug war, some for generations.  It is my hope and goal to use my privilege to help make that happen.

Follow Leah on Instagram at @leahmaurer

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