Top lists are always going to be controversial and will ultimately leave off deserving folks, whether you are naming the top basketball, baseball, and football players of all time, ranking presidents, or listing top cannabis law reform advocates. Unfortunately, deserving women tend to get left off of cannabis lists, whether
In response to a recent list of top “Cannabis Influencers” (I must admit that I dislike the term “influencer”) that left off way too many women, Celebstoner’s Steve Bloom created a list named “500 Women That Should Be Recognized for Their Achievements in Cannabis.” Well, that list has kept adding more and more women and now names over 1,200 deserving ladies. Even with a list this size, there are still more women who should be acknowledged and I contacted Steve to nominate a couple and then he responded back that they’ve been added and he added yet another Oregonian!
Kind Leaf’s Director of Operations, Erin Purchase, is deservedly on the list. Erin has made an amazing transition from a personal parent advocate to an industry leader, as she has helped Kind Leaf become Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique and one of the top dispensaries in the state. If you haven’t made it to Kind Leaf yet, it is worth the trek. The drive from Portland to Pendleton is beautiful, the store is much more spacious than what you’ll find in urban areas, and their selection of around 170 strains is top notch.
Erin, aligned with everything that Kind Leaf stands for, puts the well-being of the community over profits. Coming from a medical advocacy background, she has helped Kind Leaf be a statewide leader on public safety, whether it’s concerns about vape cartridges, transparency regarding ingredients, or protecting all of us during the Coronavirus pandemic.
I commend Erin for her work in the cannabis industry and I’m happy to give her the praise that she deserves, along with many other Oregonians Steve Bloom acknowledges including federal patient Elvy Musika, who has been a prophet of the movement and has been an advocate for about as long as I’ve been alive. Thank you, Steve, for giving Erin, Elvy, and many other women the acknowledgement they deserve, and most importantly, a sincere thanks to the many, many women that have sacrificed so much for this movement. Together, we shall soon all be truly equal and free.