It’s my favorite day! Thanks for stopping by to say hay! Women in Cannabis Wednesday!
The war on drugs has had a huge impact on women, and the numbers are steadily rising.
Madeline Martinez, Director Emeritus of NORML Oregon, has dedicated her career to cannabis policy reformation and business inclusion for women. AND she’s the co-founder of the NORML Women’s Alliance and a member of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition! AAAANNNND she opened and operated the country’s first cannabis café, World Famous Cannabis Cafe from 2009 to 2016. This woman is a true cannabis legend!
In her own community she witnessed Hispanic women regularly incarcerated for cannabis crimes, and not receiving rehabilitation while imprisoned. She’s a patient advocate and medical advisory to numerous committees and oh, no big deal but she helped create the bill in Oregon that legalized recreational cannabis!
I found some great videos of her interviews and appearances, here’s a couple:
Chew on these statistics:
25% of women serving time in state prison on December 31, 2015 had been convicted of a drug offense, compared to 14% of men.
More than 56% of women federal prisoners were serving drug offense sentences, compared to 47% of men.
44% of all women inmates are African American, 15% Hispanic, and 5% other non-white racial backgrounds.
(US Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics: Washington, DC, Oct. 2015)
Queen Martinez, we thank you, and today we honor you!
“…the only logical next step for criminal justice reform would be the complete de-scheduling of cannabis, the end of cannabis-related arrests, and the release of non-violent cannabis prisoners.” –Madeline Martinez