To the editor of Marijuana Business Magazine,
We read your feature on gender bias in the cannabis industry with interest; we hold many of the women you spoke to in high esteem. We salute their work as employees, executives and owners of marijuana dispensaries, gardens and cannabis businesses. And as female compatriots in the marijuana industry, we feel the need to respond to comments made in the article.
High Times is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are doing so as a stronger, bigger, better team than ever, with 13 women as full-time employees, and many more working with us as freelancers. Women make up almost half our staff. Our publisher, managing editor, director of digital media, director of digital marketing and event designer, our lifestyle editor, our licensing manager—all are women, in positions of power at a magazine celebrating 40 years in print, and still growing. We are proud of what we have accomplished, and while we don’t deny that there is always work to be done to combat sexism, and ensure equality for men and women, we take issue with Dr. Lakisha Jenkins’ comment in the article: