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Buzzed on Diversity

Like many other business sectors, the Canadian cannabis industry is male dominated. However, years after Ottawa passed the Cannabis Act, a growing number of female entrepreneurs, including many women of colour, are working to blow away regressive attitudes about gender and race, and about cannabis use itself.

The involvement of women in the industry is also an encouragement to many female users of the plant who are no longer reluctant to admit to using cannabis for medical conditions, including to relieve stress, inflammation, pain and other chronic conditions.

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