They’ve been called Mary Janes, Puffragettes and the Women of Weed. Whatever you choose, women are making their mark on the rapidly growing cannabis industry — and Vermont women are no exception.
Ashley Reynolds is President of Elmore Mountain Therapeutics, a company that sells CBD extract and a topical balm.
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound extracted from the cannabis plant. People use it to treat an array of ailments, from chronic pain to anxiety.
And in the year-and-a-half she’s been in the cannabis industry, Reynolds has made a point of partnering with other businesswomen.
“There’s this industry for us and what we call ‘breaking the grass ceiling,'” she said. “That there’s a whole culture of women that are harboring and snowballing this awesome effect of this billion dollar sector that is the cannabis industry, not being dominated by men.”
In addition to selling her products to nearly 50 Vermont retail establishments, Reynolds partners with other businesses to add CBD to their own product lines.
She says many of those businesses are led by women: