Is the pot scene sexist?
The Grass Ceiling.
Published: April 15, 2014
It was a battle the women ultimately won, and they testified in the second round of hearings on the topic.
Despite the battle, and perhaps in the spirit cannabis is famous for, Zink is thankful for the veterans, both for their service and for “bringing the discussion of PTSD to the forefront, and speaking bravely about it. It helps others with PTSD to speak about it. And it helps to break the stigma,” she says.
Zink notes that as time goes on, more and more women are getting involved in reforming marijuana laws. She acknowledges that women might be hesitant, because they fear for the loss of their jobs, homes and children, so even if they do use marijuana medicinally, they keep it private.
“I think it’s really important to keep speaking out and find allies in the movement who don’t discourage women from speaking out,” O’Keefe says. “It’s an important voice to be heard.”
Landino also has some advice for women facing sexism, whether it’s in the marijuana scene or elsewhere: “You do have the strength. You do have the will. You do have the power. Don’t let that thumb come down on your head. This is 2014. Not 1914. Stay strong, and try to give a positive attitude. If you have something negative to say, try to say something positive to cure it. Believe in yourself.”
O’Keefe points out there are many more women working on marijuana policy reform than there were when she started working on the issue a decade ago.
For Zink, “It’s not a lonely place anymore. My sisters are standing with me.”
Updated [4/18 2:30 p.m.] correcting Landino's quote from the word "bum" to "thumb."
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