With recreational marijuana now legal in the state, entrepreneurs in Oregon are showing that the end of prohibition isn’t just about smoking joints legally. It’s good business, and the drug is both lucrative and popular in the places that have legalized it.
On July 1, Oregon joined Washington state, Alaska, Colorado and the District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana possession. A system to buy and sell cannabis wasn’t set up until Oct. 1, so the state is only just beginning to see the monetary benefits of the plant.
While it may not be the safest or easiest move, marijuana’s power players — many of them women — are proving that leaving your job for cannabis isn’t as intimidating as it might seem. To help connect some of these leaders, a group called Women Grow has come together to host regular meetings and employment events for female marijuana entrepreneurs across the country.
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