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Female members of Arizona’s regulated medical marijuana business community will hold a news conference on Thursday, September 15, to highlight the economic opportunities that would be created for women in the state if voters approve Proposition 205 this November.

The event will take place at 11 a.m. at Monarch Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Wellness Center at 8729 E. Manzanita Drive in Scottsdale.

The group will have a large sign highlighting survey data that shows women hold a much larger share of executive-level positions in marijuana businesses than in U.S. businesses overall.

Women hold 36 percent of the total executive-level positions in the legal marijuana industry, including 63 percent of high-level positions at testing businesses and nearly 50 percent at infused product and processing businesses, according to an October 2015 survey conducted by the Marijuana Business Daily.

The Pew Research Center reported in 2014 that women hold just 22 percent of such positions at U.S. companies in general.

WHAT: Gathering of female marijuana business community members to highlight the opportunities that would be created for women if voters approve Prop. 205

WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 11 a.m. MST

WHERE: Monarch Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Wellness Center, 8729 E. Manzanita Dr., Scottsdale

Dr. Gina Berman, medical director at Giving Tree Wellness Center
Laura Bianchi, cannabis attorney and partner at Rose Law Group
Genifer Murray, cannabis entrepreneur and CEO of Carbon Blue Consulting
• Other female leaders and workers from local marijuana businesses

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting Proposition 205, an initiative on the November 2016 ballot that would replace marijuana prohibition in Arizona with a system in which cannabis is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit

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