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Inaugural Women in Cannabis Summit Offers Justice-Based Programming and Scholarships

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Kathryn Blume 10 Feb 2020

Heady Vermont welcomes the woman-owned companies Clover Gift Shop, Lily Hill CBD, Main Street Landing, Aromed Aromatherapy, and Sarabia Holistic as the latest sponsors for the inaugural Women In Cannabis Summit, coming to Main Street Landing’s beautiful waterfront event space on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

The mission of the summit is to engage, empower, and educate women in the cannabis and hemp industry through close collaboration with female-driven organizations and entrepreneurs, and to that end, Lily Hill CBD is supporting five need-based scholarships for the event.

“Getting into the cannabis space as a woman can be intimidating,” says Rebecca DiGiuseppe, owner of Lily Hill CBD. “We would love to see more women in this industry and decided to sponsor the scholarship in the hopes of reducing any financial barriers for women who might not otherwise be able to attend.

“We’re hoping that this feels less like a business-as-usual conference and more like a hotbed of open-hearted inclusivity and strategic, sustainable business practices.”

In addition to a keynote address by Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner Shaleen Title, and a welcome from Main Street Landing CEO Melinda Moulton, programming will include a panel discussion on social justice in the cannabis industry with Jennifer Lujan, head of social impact at the San Francisco-based cannabis company Eaze and activist Niambe MacIntosh, who heads up the estate and brand of her father, legendary Reggae musician Peter Tosh.

Other topics for the day’s 15 sessions include The History Of Cannabis Science, Building A Regenerative Business, and The Endocannabinoid System and Women’s Bodies. Attendees can also participate in a licensing application workshop, a roundtable conversation on cannabis and parenting, and more.

“We’re working to ground the Summit in an ethos of social and environmental justice,” says Heady Vermont CEO Monica Donovan. “We’re hoping,” she adds, “that this feels less like a business-as-usual conference and more like a hotbed of open-hearted inclusivity and strategic, sustainable business practices.”

Early bird tickets for the Women In Cannabis Summit are $99 and can be purchased at the WIC event site. Discounted tickets are available to Heady Vermont members. Attendees are also welcome to offset the carbon impact of their travel with Native Energy and participate in a raffle fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of New England.

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