Women have tackled the retail cannabis industry at a fast space since recreational marijuana could be sold in Colorado in 2014, uniting to form various trade and mentor groups, starting their own businesses and proudly proclaiming themselves successful cannabis users in the public eye. Now, female businesses owners are coming together to showcase their potrepreneurship by naming August #BossWomen Month in the industry.
The move was sparked by 420 Boss Women, a group of cannabis business owners in the pot industry made up of a mix of trailblazers and up-and-comers. “The owners of the cannabis businesses are promoting not just their businesses, but the tremendous amount of revenue, jobs and taxes their stores, products and services provide to the state of Colorado,” says Wanda James, owner of Simply Pure Dispensary and a member of 420 Boss Women.
420 Boss Women
According to 420 Boss Women, their group accounts for 118 employees – 70 percent of which are women – as well as thirty female managers and a monthly sales revenue of nearly $1.5 million. During August, the group asks consumers to support female-owned cannabis businesses. "Boss Women are not waiting for the world to change, they have made the decision to take action and be the change in the world, as women often do," a group statement reads.
We' ll keep you updated on any #BossWomen month events and promotions as Colorado moves through August. Meanwhile, the cannabis calendar is already filled with cannabis-related meetings, dinners and parties.
Cannabis 101 Classes
August 18 and 23; September 15
Balfour Senior Living
Multiple metro locations
Stratos, a company known for its pharmaceutical-style products infused with cannabinoids, will be teaching a series of Cannabis 101 classes to Balfour Senior Living residents in August and September. The free seminars, which are also open to the public, will be held at Balfour's locations in Denver and Louisville. Attendees at the Balfour classes will be schooled on medical cannabis benefits and products by Dr. Joseph Cohen and Dr. Sarah Berke with Holos Health, a holistic-health practice that specializes in medical marijuana evaluations. Learn more about each class and how to RSVP here.
Sensi Night SoCO
Friday, August 18
20 North Tejon Street, Colorado Springs
Sensi Nights are for local cannabis lovers and supporters from all arenas to come together in a friendly atmosphere. Held by Sensi magazine, the next Sensi Night will be for Southern Coloradans, and will be held on Friday, August 18, at the Mansion in Colorado Springs from 6 to 10 p.m. More than fifty Colorado cannabis companies will be on hand at the free event to promote brands and answer questions. Learn more here.
Indo Illustrations by Kush & Canvases
Saturday, August 19
Location given upon registration
Pot-infused painting class Kush & Canvases is holding its Indo Illustrations course on Saturday, August 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. The private location is shared upon registration, in which students are free to spark up spliffs before being taught how to paint different art forms such as abstract art, color field, impressionism and more. Tickets (21+) are $50 each and include an apron, canvas, paint and brushes, but attendees must bring their own cannabis.
No-Till Cannabis Cultivation: Intro – Free Veterans Class
Saturday, August 19
Culture Garden Market
3833 Steele Street
The No-Till Cannabis Cultivation program will hold a free introductory course for veterans on Saturday, August 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Culture Garden Market. The class will teach newcomers about soil mediums and theories about soil microbiology for maximized water content and organic-matter retention. The class takes place on Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Culture Garden Market. Registration is free for veterans and $25 for non-veterans.
Cannabis Author Q&A with Jamie Lynn Thomas
Wednesday, August 23
Thrive Healing Center
5984 South Prince Street, Littleton
Join Jamie Lynn Thomas, author of Cannabis Therapeutics: A Manual for Cannabis Practitioners, as she shares her three favorite uses of cannabis at an open discussion about medicinal recipes on Wednesday, August 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Thrive Healing Center in Littleton. Thomas will also answer questions and sign copies of her book. Admission is free, but a $15 entry includes a signed copy of the book.
YS 2nd Annual Cannabis Symposium Farm-to-Table Dinner
Thursday, August 24
4121 Ute Highway, Lyons
Yellow Scene’s 2nd Annual Cannabis Symposium farm-to-table dinner will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. The non-consumption event will bring movers and shakers in the industry together to discuss critical questions about today's cannabis climate. Tickets are $60. Learn more here.
A smoke-filled Sunday of the yoga and brunch variety.
Cannabis Queens Colorado Retreat
Thursday, August 24 to Sunday, August 27
Immerse yourself in spiritual, cannabis-infused yoga on the Cannabis Queens Colorado Retreat, Thursday, August 24, through Sunday, August 27. Start on back roads to find a secret spot near the forest and snow-capped mountains just outside of Pagosa Springs, where visitors will be camping in tents or splitting a queen bed in glamping tipis. Tickets are $700 and include a tent, meals and more.
Four-course Cannabis Pairing Dinner
Friday, August 25
Private location in Belmar, Lakewood
Enjoy company, drinks, dinner and cannabis in a private backyard in Lakewood's Belmar neighborhood on Friday, August 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. with Interpretive Dining. For $180 per person, attendees (21+) will enjoy an open bar, a four-course farm-to-table meal, a goodie bag, and transportation to and from the venue. A cannabis sommelier will be on hand for expertise and recommendations. Learn more here.
Saturday, August 26
Private Denver Residence
Relax in pot-infused ancient Eastern body and breathing practices to ground yourself and connect with others during a meditation ceremony on Saturday, August 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. at a private residence in Cherry Creek North. Complementary high-CBD strains will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring their own cannabis products. Tickets (21+) are $30. Learn more here.
No-Till Cannabis Cultivation: Intro
Saturday, August 26
Culture Garden Market
3833 Steele Street
This cannabis cultivation class for beginners, part of the No-Till Cannabis Cultivation program, will teach newcomers about soil mediums and theories about soil microbiology for maximized water content and organic-matter retention. The class takes places on Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Culture Garden Market. Registration is $25 until the day of the class, and $30 the day of.
Yoga With a View
Sunday, August 27
Mason Jar Event Group's next pot-infused rendezvous will be Yoga With A View on Sunday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a location in Boulder County given upon reservation. This chill summer event will combine yoga led by Larissa Ortiz, networking, a farm-to-table brunch, and cannabis pairings from various hosts in the cannabis industry. Learn more here.
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Denver Women and Cannabis: Ellementa Candid Conversation
Wednesday, August 30
3881 Steele Street
Ellementa, a women's group focused on cannabis education, will hold another meeting and roundtable chat on Wednesday, August 30, at Cluster Studio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening discussion will focus on using cannabis to treat anxiety and depression, and will feature Cannabis Therapeutics: A Manual for Cannabis Practitioners author Jamie Lynn Thomas. Online tickets are $10, but entry at the door will be $20. If you cannot afford entry, contact Ellementa for a possible gift admission.
Hemp & Seed Dinner
Thursday, August 31
Blue Circle Research Farm
Mason Jar Event Group's next seasonal dinner, titled Hemp & Seed, will take place on Thursday, August 31, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Blue Circle Research Farm in Laporte. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Melissa Harrison of Seasonal Montana, paired with Organic Alternative's select cannabis strains and live music by the Good Kind. Tickets (21+) are available by requested invitation only.
For more events around town, see the Westword calendar; send information about cannabis-related events to firstname.lastname@example.org.