In a recent expose by NowThis News, cannabis writer and former trimmer Kelly Schirmann shed some light on the sexism and gender discrimination present in the black market marijuana industry.
Due to gender imbalances, lucrative payouts, and the overall illicit nature of the illegal cannabis industry, this blatant abuse is able to continue, further perpetuating a culture of violence that only hurts the progression of marijuana legalization.
In a regulated environment, legal cannabis companies are held to a higher standard which breeds community-focused companies that take care of their many stakeholders ranging from the surrounding communities and customers to employees and service providers.
That being said, legalizing cannabis won’t just automatically fix the problem. According to many, sexism is alive and well in the legal industry too.
Companies like Instagram bad boy Dan Bilzerian‘s Ignite Cannabis Co. have come under fire for their “overly sexualized” advertising practices, but that’s obviously not enough to negate the notion that sex sells. The company’s founder recently offered up $1 million to hire the hottest cannabis spokesmodels he could find.
As the legal cannabis industry begins to force the black market out of existence, and licensed marijuana companies begin to take charge in the industry, let’s hope that things get a little greener on the other side.
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