LeAnne Shadrick

LeAnne Shadrick, a {dope} Women and Weed member, owns Green Country Bud at 8903 S. Yale Ave.

A growing number of patients in Oklahoma are using medical marijuana — state revenue from individual patient licenses nearly doubled from 2019 to 2020 — but for some, a stigma remains.

That’s one reason Tulsan Jeana Acosta created the Tulsa-based network {dope} Women and Weed.  

The organization educates people about cannabis use; the cannabis industry works to break the stigma, Acosta says. “I think that’s the biggest hurdle. We all use cannabis, but nobody really is just out and open about it.” 

{dope} Women and Weed is a supportive network of women based around cannabis and plant medicine, including who are interested in cannabis or use it to medicate, parents who use cannabis to treat their children, women who work in the industry and entrepreneurs who offer unique products.

Before COVID-19 hit, that meant over 250 women gathering once a month in Tulsa and collaborating with women in the cannabis industry to put on events where women can network and learn more about the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

The events, free to attend, included giveaways, food, sponsor booths, speakers and more. LeAnne Shadrick, owner of Green Country Bud, went initially “because I was interested in meeting other like-minded women in the industry and it was a family friendly event, which I thought was amazing to take a step toward breaking through some of the stigma that still surrounds medical cannabis, especially for moms.” Shadrick and her team attended and sponsored events.

{dope} Women and Weed is a community where moms and women who use cannabis can find support. It’s also a place for entrepreneurs, and Acosta encourages women to break into the industry — and they are.

“There’s so many things that women can do, not just growing and (owning) dispensaries, but sales jobs, marketing CBD kids’ skincare products, photography, social media,” she says. 

Shadrick is glad to see women forging a spot for themselves in the industry.

“There are so many women-owned businesses in the cannabis space really making a run at it right now,” she says. “There is no one better to know what women are looking for in cannabis than other women … We know exactly what other women are looking for, and if we don’t, we ask. We can take all the things that make us great mothers, partners, and friends and really showcase that through our businesses.”  

Though the network is great for business, in the end it’s about the patients, Acosta says, who uses cannabis to help with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s about saving lives … Dec. 27, I had a PTSD trigger,” she says. “(I felt) I had no reason to live. When that happens, it’s hard to come out on top. But cannabis helps.” She also eats a plant-based diet, does yoga and meditates. Though none of it completely prevents an episode, it helps the severity, she says.

For Shadrick, the community has grown into a close group of friends.

“I’ve met hundreds of amazing women through the events, all with their own story of why they attend and the positive impact cannabis has in their daily lives or for their loved ones,” she says. “During my own personal tragedy this summer, some of the first people to reach out to me were women I knew from the {dope} Women and Weed community.”

 

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