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Christina Hartwell started Little Mary and Jane to empower women and spread the good word of cannabis. And, she curates some of the finest products on the market.
We caught up with her to learn more.
How did you get involved in cannabis?
It came from a personal experience, I was diagnosed with a rare stomach disorder and after every treatment had failed, I was prescribed Medical Cannabis. This was 9 years ago, and my options were a headshop and a dispensary, both of which were entirely foreign to me. What I quickly discovered was that there were not any women friendly brands, education or resources and it was literally at that moment, standing in the parking lot of the headshop, I became committed to changing that.
I first had to become educated and I spent the next 8 years traveling through the Emerald Triangle, learning the plant, meeting growers, and even working a harvest. My career at that time was in the Tech Industry, working with start ups which meant that I was not intimidated by a male dominated industry. Approximately two years ago I was hired as the Marketing Director by a company that is invested in the industry, part of which is the Largest Grower Supply store in Oregon and they fell in love with the concept of Little Mary and Jane. I feel incredibly fortunate to be so immersed in the industry on all levels, and many of the products that we carry come from farms that I personally have been to or know.
What is your mission with @littlemaryandjane?
I want to educate, destigmatize and provide women products that meet their needs. Whether it is high quality CBD products, discreet vape pens or beautiful feminine pipes, and smoking accessories. Most importantly I want LMJ to truly change lives.
I spent the afternoon with an elderly couple last weekend, she has dementia and with it comes extreme anxiety and fearfulness, her husband cares for her and is suffering watching her be so distraught, she repeatedly asks for her anxiety medication and pain medication (she falls often) and his days have been spent trying to keep her calm. I brought him our CBD tincture and CBD Chamomile Tea, yesterday he said that she is a different person and is improving every day. Her anxiety is gone and she has stopped asking repeatedly for medication, her Doctor was blown away when she went in for a follow up appointment this past week.
Where do you see yourself in the industry in 5 years?
My vision is that we are leaders in our space, and that we have pioneered the way for other women.
What's the biggest challenge of working in the cannabis space and the biggest reward?
The biggest challenge is the ever changing landscape and the roadblocks that keep us from marketing and getting our message out. The most rewarding part is seeing lives change and being a pioneer in an industry that will improve the lives of future generations, it is an exciting, challenging and humbling experience.
Do you have any advice for any fellow cannapreneurs?
Be resilient, educated and resourceful.