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Ah Warner Founder of Cannabis Basics in Seattle. Warner’s on-and-off career in cannabis topicals began in 1995 with the founding of Cannabis Creations. But after 10 years she closed shop, only to reopen in 2012 on the heels of Washington State’s vote to legalize marijuana. Warner renamed her company Cannabis Basics, and hasn’t looked back. More than half of her sales are to mainstream outlets, such as Seattle-based stores Sugar Pill and The Herbalist. Warner is currently working on a book, and has produced a short video series about how to make cannabis-infused topicals. “For me, the ultimate compliment would be to have people learn how to make their own products and start their own successful businesses from reading my book or watching my videos,” she says. This year Cannabis Basics was awarded the first federal trademark registration for a product with the word “cannabis” in the name and a cannabis leaf in the logo. In addition, Warner recently started the International Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids Producers Alliance (ICHABAPA). She’s also the founder of the private social club Women of Weed, and has guiding roles with both the MJBA Women’s Alliance and NORML Women of Washington. “It’s no secret that sexism is alive and well in the cannabis industry, but I’m the master of my universe and can work around it,” Warner says. “I’m ridiculously proud of the women in this industry who are really rocking it as businesswomen and activists.” BG


Jane West Co-founder and National Events Director of Women Grow, and CEO of Jane West Enterprises. Amy Dannemiller paid a high price for being part of Denver’s burgeoning cannabis industry in 2014 when she was fired “after executives at my corporate 9-to5 job saw me consuming cannabis in a CNBC documentary and asked me to step down.” Dannemiller, who goes by the name Jane West, “embraced the opportunity to go all-in, with a cannabis career that would support legalization and normalization. “When I dove into the cannabis industry, I realized that I wasn’t just starting a company,” she says. “I was joining a revolution.” Her company, Edible Events, got off to a notable start, hosting a series of Classically Cannabis concerts that drew the attention of local authorities because of onsite smoking and vaping. Her next move was to co-found Women Grow with Jazmin Hupp (read her article on page 34). “We’re cultivating the next generation of cannabis industry leaders, and are focusing now on ensuring that women, people of color and other traditionally underrepresented groups have positions on boards and leadership teams of cannabis companies,” West explains. “I’m also committed to educating consumers, particularly women, about cannabis. The next phase of my professional evolution is focused on showing women that cannabis can be part of a healthy, happy, family lifestyle.” SB

december 2015

Freedom Leaf Magazine - December 2015  
Freedom Leaf Magazine - December 2015  

December 2015 - Issue 11: Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Jane in Hollywood, Holiday Gift Guide and Recipes, and The Women of Cannabis