Women in the Cannabis Industry: Is there a "Green Ceiling"?

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2018-03-30

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Kittel, Jacqueline

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The cannabis industry in Canada is on the cusp of massive changes - from a highly stigmatized and criminalized underground market to a world of gleaming factories owned and operated by powerful corporations as federal legalization fast approaches. This development from the illicit to everyday use has occurred in a very short period and women have been central players in this shift in attitudes. Based on five in-person interviews with women leaders from various cannabis sector in the Vancouver and Victoria areas, this paper explores how gender, racialization, and class are being employed by participants in the cannabis industry, but also using those identities to legitmize and normalize cannabis products.

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cannabis industry, feminism, intersectionality, corporatization, legitimization

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