We founded this organization a year ago so that women would be at the starting line of Illinois’ newest industry, rather than playing catch up. Now, in September 2015, a big milestone is approaching – cultivators are about to harvest their first crop of medical cannabis, dispensaries are getting their shelves ready for product, and soon registered patients will finally be able to purchase medical cannabis.
There are so many men and women whose hard work has made this milestone a reality – government regulators who designed the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and its rules, patient advocates helping patients get the certifications from doctors and get through all of the paperwork, and business operators committed to providing safe medicine to patients. It is because of the common goal of all of these constituents – to make medical cannabis safely and consistently available to Illinois patients – that Illinois is poised to reach this milestone.
And this is only just the beginning. IWC is excited to see the industry launch and then develop. And we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure that as the industry develops and matures, it does so with women at the forefront of innovation and with women in the trenches day to day.
Our committees are hard at work planning networking events. We are planning free educational events to help patients and physicians learn about the program. We are reaching out to employers and asking them to provide us with job openings to post on this site. We are also reaching out to women throughout the State so that they are aware of all the opportunities out there. We also want to hear from you – what can IWC do to help you succeed in this industry?
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Co-Founder, Illinois Women in Cannabis