Women Grow PDX Chapter

at 2015.06.22
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With the legalization of cannabis came a slew of industry groups eager to provide support for people and businesses entering this new space. It can be difficult to sift out gems from the noise but one clear standout is Women Grow – Portland Chapter.

Sara-batterby-leah-maurer-women-grow-portland-chapter-kick-off-preview-imageFrom left to right: Sara Batterby, CEO HiFi Farms and Women Grow Portland Chapter Co-Founder; Leah Maurer, Women Grow Portland Chapter Co-Founder; Tina Cox, Agronomist and Washington I502 Cannabis Producer.

Excitement and buzz filled the air this past May 7th for the Women Grow Portland chapter launch event where chapter co-founders Sara Batterby and Leah Maurer along with a panel addressed a sold out crowd.

Women Grow was formed with the goal of connecting, supporting and empowering women throughout the cannabis industry. Currently there are chapters in 28 cities throughout the US and the national chapter is headquartered in Denver.

“Oregon has a thriving medical marijuana scene with a huge recreational scene on the horizon so it makes sense that this is a good time to form a chapter,” Batterby said. “The Portland chapter signifies a new and positive role for women in the Oregon cannabis industry.”

The crowd agreed with applause and sometimes laughter as the panelists poked fun at the awkward growing pains of a new industry.

_MG_0703From left to right: Tina Cox, Agronomist and Washing I-502 Producer; Ellen Flenniken, Deputy Director of Development at the Drug Policy Alliance; Genny Kiley, Co-Founder of Emerge Law Group; and Leah Maurer, Women Grow Portland Chapter Co-Founder.

The event panel was made up of a diverse group of women and included Tina Cox, a Washington I502 producer, Ellen Flenniken, Deputy Director of Development for the Drug Policy Alliance, and Genny Kiley, a business and corporate law attorney, shareholder and co-founder of Emerge Law Group.

Panelists each gave a brief background on themselves, how they became involved with the cannabis industry and then fielded questions, first from the moderator and then the audience.

The evening was rich with insight and optimism for the young industry though one theme remained constant: patience is key while we wait for measure 91 to be further defined and implemented. “I get clients coming in every day asking ‘what’s going to happen?’ and the answer is, unfortunately, ‘I don’t know’,” said Kiley.

The Women Grow national organization requires that each chapter hold six events annually. Batterby noted however, that the level of interest in Portland is great enough that the chapter will likely hold events monthly. You can sign up for the Women Grow email list or request further information by following this link.

We look forward to more great things to come from this organization and recommend you keep an eye on them too.

Have you attended a Women Grow Portland Chapter event? What did you think?

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