click to enlarge Katie Jickling Heady Vermont CEO Monica Donovan, right, chats with an attendee Women can have a special place in Vermont’s cannabis industry, according to Kathryn Blume, the content and events manager for cannabis advocacy group Heady Vermont. After all, only female cannabis plants produce the buds that can be smoked, which gives women an “innate connection” with the plant, she explained.
Blume aimed to foster that connection with “Women of Cannabis,” a networking event meant to encourage entrepreneurship ahead of recreational marijuana legalization in Vermont on July 1. About 30 attendees made small talk and snacked on refreshments Wednesday at the Burlington clothing store Tailfeather, where product racks were pushed aside to make way for the event.
Some women were novices, interested in exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in the cannabis industry. Kirstin Daigle, who works in quality assurance at Stone Environmental in Montpelier, said she was interested in helping labs improve their cannabis testing practices and attended “to learn.” Denise Stubbs was just entering her first season selling five varieties of high-cannabidiol (CBD) hemp plants from her home in