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.
Today we highlight Samantha Montanaro & Lisa Snyder, of Tokeativity, entrepreneurs and cannabusiness women.
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.
Cannabis has meant a lot to me since the first time my nose smelled that sweet skunk, however 10 years ago I don't think I completely understood why I was using cannabis as often as I was. Today I utilize the nuances of the cannabis plant compounds to optimize my wellness, creativity and productivity. I have a much deeper relationship with this plant and the wide range of diverse profiles that each plant has. I also utilize the different consumption methods much more fluidly with what my needs are.
My day to day is pretty intense as an owner of multiple businesses, a mother and musician. Cannabis is a part of most days, especially when I am doing design work, writing new music or brainstorming big picture concepts for my businesses. It really helps me get into a different mindset and breaks down mental barriers that happen naturally due to life stresses. On meeting-heavy days I usually wait to consume THC, but enjoy CBD throughout the day. I enjoy edibles or cannabis infused drinks in the evenings or when I am under the weather. Topicals are an every day necessity for me to manage pain in my neck. I love cannabis in all forms!
My gender, race and age have absolutely affected the opportunities that arose for me in the cannabis industry. I came on to the cannabis scene at an opportune moment where women in cannabis were starting to get the spotlight and I had a unique business model. For me as an experienced, outgoing, white, 30 something female with a marketing background, I had many opportunities come my way. However, I feel very aware at how, especially my whiteness, has gained me privileges that many of my sisters are not experiencing in the same way. I hope that in the future all individuals can experience real opportunity in this industry and that there are reparations for the impact on communities of color due to the War on Drugs.
10 years ago, I was working on healing on the death of my mom to Leukemia and facing life in my 20s knowing my parents had died from 2 potentially curable cancers. Cannabis came into the fold in a completely organic way, tying in my passion for feminism and women's empowerment into a global conversation about a plant that has healed many.
The intention with my work is to open up personal and professional growth through conversations. Being a woman in this industry and focusing on women empowerment hasn't been easy, as the patriarchy spends zero energy on this topic, so it's going against the grain, but it's absolutely necessary to help women find their voice and their place in a sea of chaos.
My hope for the future is that cannabis normalization and the work we are doing with Tokeativity changes the dynamics of equality and opens up more channels for women to have a seat at the table, whichever table their looking to sit at.
Follow Sam & Lisa on Instagram at @prismhousepdx @tokeativity
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