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"A lot of these businesses are for patients, by patients," said Lisa Campbell, a co-founder of the event and an advocate with the Cannabis Friendly Business Association.
"And that's what we're trying to tell the government, is that we're not some criminal network," she said. "It's literally mom and pop edible businesses that want a piece of legalization and deserve a piece of legalization."
Campbell and fellow co-founder Sarah Gillies started holding the Green Market events last year, after Toronto police raided a series of marijuana dispensaries in a May operation called Project Claudia. Police seized large amounts of edible marijuana goods in those raids.
“Gender inequity is not unique to cannabis, although in the US women are leading the way with 36% of cannabis industry executives being female. By contrast of the 30+ Health Canada licensed producers in Canada, most are led by men, including the newly rebranded industry association Cannabis Canada which has an all male board of directors.?
Campbell is part of a “movement” called Green Market that has been holding Sunday cannabis markets all summer. Next week’s event is their first night market.
“While it is illegal, we’re waiting for the laws to catch up with public sentiment and the public wants to try edibles and is ready for them,” Campbell said, noting
marijuana farmer’s markets are already happening across California.
“Green Market Toronto was started as a means to provide a space for Toronto’s craft cannabis products, such as baked goods, creams, and tinctures. The goal of the project is to create a new face for cannabis culture and to show that these products are harmless and should be readily available to Canadians.”
In Canada, women are grossly underrepresented when it comes to leadership positions in publicly traded companies. In fact, our highly qualified females only fill 12% of board seats at 677 Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) companies. The numbers are, sadly, even lower when it comes to the Canadian cannabis industry.