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Justin McCarthy

Puffragettes: Breaking the Glass Ceiling


Women have been at the forefront of the Bay Area cannabis scene ever since Brownie Mary was baking medicated treats for HIV patients in the early 1980s.

In that same era, Randi Webster established one of the city’s first dispensaries, the San Francisco Patients Collective on Divisadero Street, to help AIDS patients with bone disease. Lynette Shaw famously fought the feds while opening California’s first dispensary north of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1997. Valerie Corral’s Santa Cruz group Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) was the first medical-marijuana collective ever awarded legal nonprofit  status by the U.S. government... Read More

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