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Weed Warriors: Meet Six Women Shaping the Cannabis Industry

From creating edibles to crafting policy, these women are influencing the way marijuana industry is rolling out in America

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Marijuana is already a $7 billion market – and these women are helping to shape what it will look like as it grows.

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Among the many benefits of marijuana legalization – from an influx of tax revenue to a reduced prison population – the emerging $7 billion market is providing new opportunities, with fewer barriers, for enterprising women. As a product, cannabis “crosses genders, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and political views,” says Sally Nichols, a leading pot investor. “To me, that was a game-changer.” Here are six women advancing the cause of America’s most intoxicating cash crop.

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Pamela Hadfield

Pamela Hadfield, a user-experience designer for software companies, found out how life-changing medical marijuana can be when she discovered that low-THC products could end the debilitating migraines she’d been suffering her entire adult life. Her next epiphany came when she realized the telehealth app she’d been designing with her husband would be better suited for weed than for regular consultations. The result, HelloMD, has become an invaluable resource for patients looking to try medical weed – from consultations with doctors to precise product recommendations. “We found that people like the convenience,” she says. “And obviously, the privacy.”