100 Women Of Weed

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director September 6, 2010

    As the issue of cannabis legalization heats up so too does the discussion of women and cannabis use. At this week’s national NORML conference in Portland (Oregon) there is a panel ‘Women, Cannabis and Respect’ hosted by the NORML Women’s Alliance.

    Via Jerri Merritt’s very popular TalkLeft: A leading Canadian magazine for marijuana reform, Skunk, has devoted its current issue to “lady legalizers.” Among the features: “The Top 100 Women of Weed.”

    Thanks to Skunk for including me in the list. The list is pretty impressive with some names that surprised me: Arianna Huffington, Barbra Streisand, actress Kate Hudson and clothing designer Stella McCartney.

    The list is heavier on activists, actresses and singers than attorneys, which makes me even more appreciative to be included. Examples: [See More Below….]

    Mary Louise Parker, Alanis Morrisette, Bette Midler, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Melissa Etheridge, and Francis McDormand.

    Also making the cut: My good pals Anita Thompson (Owl Farm, where I am headed for Labor Day Weekend, rock star editor Shelby Sadler and conservative activist and Denver attorney, Jessica Correy, who is on the same floor as me and the TL kid in our new office digs.

    For women who want to get more involved in legalization efforts, I recommend the NORML Women’s Alliance.

    The NORML Women’s Alliance is a nonpartisan coalition of prominent, educated, successful, geographical diverse and high-profile professional women who believe that marijuana prohibition is a self-destructive and hypocritical policy that undermines the American family, sends a mixed and false message to our young people, and destroys the cherished principles of personal liberty and local self-government.

    Marijuana prohibition makes the difficult job of parenting even more difficult by the state and federal governments not actually controlling marijuana use, cultivation or distribution–notably by American youth.

    These diverse women will bring a contemporary approach to the public policy debate, and will proudly represent the interests of modern, mainstream women who believe that the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition far outweigh any repercussions from marijuana consumption itself.

    The NORML Women present a core group of national spokeswomen ready to interact with the public and the media on the important issue of marijuana legalization.

    Allen St.Pierre, NORML’s outstanding Executive Director, has this to say about the Women’s Alliance:

    “The prominent role of women in the effort to end marijuana prohibition is pivotal, necessary, and long overdue. According to recent national opinion polls by Gallup and others, the dramatic rise in the public’s support of marijuana law reform is being driven primarily by an increase in support among America’s women. The NORML Women’s Alliance will bring a contemporary approach to the public policy debate, and will proudly represent the interests of modern, mainstream women who believe that the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition far outweigh any repercussions from marijuana consumption itself.”

    NORML’s Women’s Alliance was founded in January, 2010. I am one of its charter members. It’s goals:

    • The NORML Women’s Alliance believes that the fiscal priorities of marijuana prohibition are wasting billions of dollars on a failed policy.
    • The NORML Women’s Alliance believes that marijuana prohibition violates states’ rights, and improperly expands the reach of government into the families and personal lives of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
    • The NORML Women’s Alliance advocates for an open, honest conversation about marijuana with America’s youth that is void of all propaganda and misleading information.
    • The NORML Women’s Alliance endorses the science-based evidence regarding the therapeutic applications of medical marijuana as well as the continuation of research into the subject.
    • The NORML Women’s Alliance strongly opposes the sexual exploitation and objectification of women in pot-culture and business marketing.

    You can get additional information about the Women’s Alliance here. If this is your issue, come and join us as we contribute our time and ideals to making a long-held dream for many, particularly those suffering from chronic pain, come true.

    As Grace Slick would say, “It’s a new dawn.

    From Celebstoner’s write up of the 100 Women of Weed:

    Canada’s leading pot magazine has devoted its latest issue to lady legalizers, distaff danksters, gorgeous growers and just about everything female, including cannabis of course. According to Skunk, these are the most “influential women of the cannabis world.” (Note that the list skews heavily towards Canadian activists and actually includes 114 women.)

    In alphabetical order:

    Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Adams – ex-wife of Jerry Garcia
    Rebecca Ambrose – Vancouver Seed Bank

    Elena Babescu – Romanian President’s daughter*
    Drew Barrymore – actress
    Lynn Belle-Isle – Canadian AIDS Society
    Joan Bello – author of The Benefits of Marijuana
    Sarah Bergeron – activist
    Hilary Black – BC Compassion Club Society
    Natalie Bouchard – activist
    Bong Pixie – Toronto Hash Mob
    Dr. Susan Boyd – author

    Sarah Cannon – activist
    Rielle Capler – Canadians for Safe Access
    Tamara Cartwright – Southern Alberta Cannabis Club
    Danni Cherish – activist
    Loretta Clark – activist
    Shelby Chong – comedienne, wife of Tommy Chong
    Valerie Corral – WAMM
    Jessica Corry – attorney
    Cathy Couch – activist
    Adrienne Curry – model

    Joy Davies – City Councilor, Grand Forks, B.C.
    Libby Davies – member of Canadian Parliament
    Dragonfly de la Luz – writer
    Dora Dempster – Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis
    Cameron Diaz – actress
    Sarah Diesel – Oaksterdam University
    Barbara Douglas – federal medical-cannabis patient
    Melanie Dreher – editor
    Ann Druyan – NORML board member, wife of Carl Sagan

    Barabara Ehrenreich – NORML advisory board member, author
    Jodi Emery – Cannabis Culture, wife of Marc Emery
    Eva Ends – SAFER
    Melissa Etheridge – musician

    Anna Faris – actress
    Debbie Fagin – Calgary 420
    Vycki Fleming – activist
    Megan Fox – actress
    Toni Fox – activist
    Dr. Esther Fride – scientist (RIP)

    Ann Genovy – activist
    Debby Goldsberry – Berkeley Patients Group
    Crystal Guess – activist

    Shirley Halperin – author of Pot Culture
    Deb Harper – DrugSense
    Hemptress December – activist
    Jeannie Herer – wife of Jack Herer
    Kate Hudson – actress
    Ariana Huffington – Huffington Post, DPA honorary board member

    Mila Jansen – Ice-o-later
    Jasmin – breeder
    Debbie Jeffries – activist
    Dr. Claudia Jensen – researcher (RIP)

    Mari Kane – publisher
    Jane Klein – Quick Trading Co., wife of Ed Rosenthal
    Lisa Mamakind Kirkland – Skunk

    Stephanie Landa – Landa Prison Outreach
    Kay Lee – activist
    Kathy Lewis – Oregon NORML
    Sarah Lovering – MPP
    Tara Lyons – Canadian SSDP

    Kristen Mann – activist
    Alison Margolin – L.A.’s Dopest Attorney
    Rita Marley – singer, wife of Bob Marley
    Jean Marlowe – WONPR
    Madeline Martinez – NORML board member
    Mary Lynn Mathre – Patients Out of Time
    Stella McCartney – fashion designer, daughter of Paul McCartney
    Cher Ford McCollough – WONPR
    Francis McDormand – actress
    Jeralyn Merritt – attorney
    Bette Midler – singer, actress, activist
    Cheryl Miller – patient activist (RIP)
    Corinne Millet – federal medical-cannabis patient
    Alanis Morissette – musician, actress on Weeds
    Elvy Musikka – federal medical-cannabis patient
    MzJill – breeder

    Loretta Nall – Alabama Compassionate Care
    Mikki Norris – West Coast Leaf

    Mary Louise-Parker – actress, star of Weeds

    Puff Mama – medibles baker

    Gayle Quin – CBCC

    Angel McClarey Raich – medical-cannabis patient
    Michelle Rainey – Treating Yourself
    Mary Jane “Brownie Mary” Rathbun – medibles baker (RIP)
    Judith Renaud – EFSDP
    Stephanie Ritch – activist
    Vanessa Rivers – model
    Danna Rosek – activist
    Marjorie Russell – attorney

    Pauline Saban – WONPR (RIP)
    Shelby Sadler – NORML Women’s Alliance
    Sarah Saiger – Bambu
    Tian Scherer – model
    Nicole Seguin – WhyProhibition
    Steph Sherer – ASA
    Cheryl Shuman – Beverly Hills Cannabis Club
    Sarah Silverman -comedienne, actress
    McKenna Stephens – Marijuana Radio
    Kristen Stewart – actress
    Barbara Streisand – singer, actress
    Sarah Strongarm – writer
    Nadine Strossen – ACLU
    Debbie Stultz-Giffin – MUMM

    The WeedGeezs – breeders
    Anita Thompson – wife of Hunter S. Thompson
    Alice B. Toklas – brownie baker (RIP)
    Pebble Tribbett – activist

    Jennifer Valley – Stoney Girl Gardens

    Watermelon – model, medibles baker
    Karen Watson – entrepreneur
    Sita Von Windheim – Green Harvest

    April Yaroslausky – Edmonton 420

    Dr. Lynn Zimmer – sociologist, author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts (RIP)

    * have no idea why she’s on the list

    These “women of weed” were omitted from the list:

    Mischa Barton – stoner starlet
    Ani DiFranco – musician, MPP advisory board member
    Dr. Jocelyn Elders – former Surgeon General, MPP advisory board member, DPA honorary board member
    Sabrina Fendrick – NORML
    Paris Hilton – stoner starlet
    Dr. Julie Holland – editor of The Pot Book
    Ellen Komp – California NORML
    Natasha “Vaporella” Lewin – High Times
    Mishka – French activist
    Mae “Grandma Marijuana” Nutt – activist (RIP)
    Michelle Phillips – singer, MPP advisory board member
    Amy Poehler – comedienne, actress
    Marsha Rosenbaum – DPA
    Susan Sarandon – actress, MPP advisory board member
    Deborah Small – Break the Chains

    49 responses to “100 Women Of Weed”

    1. J says:

      Wow, sounds like there should be some very beautiful spokeswomen for Prop. 19 considering how many stunning actresses are on this list. Of course, in reality, most of them will be too cowed by studios to do more than quietly support it, but one hopes at least one of them risks it.

    2. Somedood says:

      I appreciate anyone trying to legalize weed but I fail to see the significance of them being women. Male or female it is the same. The only reason I can fathom is your trying to sell sex??? I am at a loss here.

      [Editor’s note: About sex? Ever been to a pro-cannabis law reform conference or seminar? Notice the dearth of women and minorities? Cannabis Prohibition will not end just because a bunch of white guys got organized…]

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    5. Patricia says:

      Nobody from “WEEDS” deserves to be on this list. That show hates on medical marijuana all the time. I get the impression that the people who make the show think medical marijuana is just one big nonstop fraud. So nobody from that show deserves to be on this list.

    6. Patricia says:

      You should give Mary Louise Parker’s place on the list to Susan Sarandon, because Sarandon doesn’t treat medical marijuana like a fraud, whereas “WEEDS” treats MMJ like a fraud every single time without fail.

    7. Lady Blue says:

      I am a woman and I am for no more marijuana prohibition. I’m in my 50’s and I think it is going to get ugly. Please, Normal Women’s Alliance, please take it to the next level and sign up voters everywhere, Libraries, coffee shops, headshops. The young people will carry this vote. Then what will the Federal Government do?

    8. David says:

      You go Women of America.. Be Heard!

    9. intheshedagain says:

      to #2 somedood,you know, its easy to think that way an, i did when i first heard about the whole women thing but,in real terms, its all about the group man…its about gaining strength for a great cause..no matter women or men.their isnt any sex goin on here far as i can tell….if they happen to be beautiful(because their is beauty in all), intelligent and sucessful……then that is a plus for the cause to free the remedy…..have a great day an,peace to you all…..

    10. Dr.Dunkleosteus says:

      Kristen Stewart over Susan Sarandon?

      Sarandon did a twilight movie back in 1998…

      Becides, she was awesome in Speed Racer.

      (yes I actually liked Speed Racer and no I won’t comment on my mental state while watching the movie)