“I’m heartened by the fact that there are so many industry leaders that are so vocal about this need.”
“I understand why there is a lot of men and male leaders, there’s a lot of men coming over from alcohol and pharma, that makes sense, that’s fine but we’re also seeing a lot of vocalization around supporting women, promoting women, hiring women and I think the results are going to be that in this particular industry we come a lot closer to gender parity.”
Polard’s rise up in the cannabis world would not have been possible without the help of other successful women and she’s honoured anyone would view her in that way and is more than happy to sit down and chat with people the way others did for her.
“I’m a big believer in the value of having a big network and mentoring is a great way to increase your network. We also know that a lot of times people who are acting as mentors report higher job satisfaction.”
Polard is not only helping to carry the cannabis industry towards gender parity, but to defeat the stigma that comes with cannabis use with a two pronged approach through education, which she also says is key to harm reduction.
“Even just creating the kind of content we try to create at The Her(b) Life. Just unabashedly pro-cannabis in your everyday life. We’re not necessarily trying to teach you about different cannabinoids or therapeutic effects, we’re just trying to talk to you as though you love it as much as we do.”
As for those who wish to walk in her footsteps, she has some advice on how more women can join the game, aside from research.
“Get active and start making connections with people who are in the space already. Certainly, go to events, you’re going to make friends and that’s one of the best ways to find out about job opportunities.”
As for those new to the plant all together, she has even better wisdom to pass on.
“You don’t have to smoke that whole joint, it’s OK if you don’t, it’s probably best if you don’t. Put it down, walk away wait and see how you feel and then come back to it…. particularly for edibles.”
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