Canadian Women in Cannabis—or CWIC (pronounced ‘quick’) is the channel that unites women (and women-identifying folk) involved in the cannabis/hemp &industry in Canada and worldwide.
Advancing the acceptance of the historically feminine nature of cannabis and for the de-stigmatization of it in the spaces we live and breathe.
By collaborating, sharing, and amplifying our voices.
Sharing our advocacy for fair, equal, and considerate cannabis laws across the great white north.
And we aim to do it like the bad ass women we are.
A note from CWIC Founder Donna Johannson
It is with great pride and honour to announce that in April 2023 Canadian Women in Cannabis (CWIC) delivered a powerful submission to the Expert Panel on the cannabis legalized regime in Canada.
'Bias & Barriers' includes 19 Recommendations - a Primer for our Government to take action with a comprehensive set of recommendations to reform key elements of the Cannabis Act.
Our submission represents the dedicated work of CWIC Advocacy Working Group - Women in Cannabis Experts - Hilary Black, Trina Fraser, Jacqueline Menezes, Josee Bourgois, as well as our greater CWIC Advocacy Team (25+ Members) who were invited to consult on the final draft.
The Expert Panel invited CWIC to deliver a submission identifying issues and corresponding recommendations. The Advocacy Team-Working Group convened over the first three months of 2023 to research and prepare this submission.
CWIC has authored this document as part of our ongoing contributions to the Cannabis Act Legislative Review. CWIC is a Women-led, Advocacy Collective established in 2018, a unique entity focused on the inclusion and advancement of women in the Canadian cannabis industry. Our purpose is to provide a safe channel for Canadian women in cannabis; to Connect, to Share, to Amplify and Empower under our 4 Pillars of Advocacy: Justice, Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, Education and Sustainability.
Its membership is inclusive of hundreds of Partners and Allies across Canada. CWIC's membership is diverse; lawyers, nurse practitioners, political advisors, entrepreneurs, educators, patients, mothers, executives, founders of the cannabis industry, government employees, cultivators, and artists. The women of CWIC represent all socio-economic classes, ethnicities and identities.
CWIC was invited to attend the launch of the Cannabis Act review in September 2022. During the follow-up meeting with the Expert Panel in January 2023, we proposed a full Research Review be conducted to capture the impact of the Act on women, women-identifying and BIPOC people and the barriers to their participation in this industry.
These recommendations are an initial response from CWIC. As an advocacy alliance, we look forward to a role as an effective Resource for the Government of Canada when facing these and other emerging issues in the years ahead.
CWIC Founder & President
Through safe events, private communities, and exclusive access to other women with similar questions and life experiences, CWIC aims to harbour a sustainable sisterhood where connection is the key to effecting positive change. We believe that by sharing resources, helping each other out, and genuinely being #dopeladies, we all win.
The cannabis industry can be a very patriarchal place: bro culture, big business, surf lifestyles and investment interest can create deserts of space, despite women being consistently represented as 52% of cannabis consumers. CWIC wants to amplify the power of the community we build together to emphasize our needs, values, and the dreams we have for our future.
We’re co-creators of the CWIC journey with you. By providing forums for discussion, advocacy, and insight, we believe that the industry can only improve in quality and consideration for women as consumers, patients, activators, business people, and employees. By sharing the information we have and bringing a light to women’s cannabis needs, we help the industry see a more holistic way forward.
Femininity. Empathy. Healing. Growth. Respect. The cannabis plant has long been linked to feminine energy, in both woo-y and non-woo camps. CWIC wants this herstory to remain at the forefront of the conversation. We’ll always aim to promote the healing capacities of cannabis and the importance for women to be informed, aware, and access correct information to make decisions for their families.
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