What do the following have in common?
- The first medical cannabis dispensary in the United States
- The United States Compassionate IND program, the first and only federal medical cannabis program
- The first cannabis consumption lounge in the United States
They all involve women:
- Mary Jane Rathbun, AKA Brownie Mary, devoted her time to others, generously baking cannabis brownies for AIDS patients in the 80s and 90s. Mary’s commitment to the movement helped pass the San Francisco ballot initiative Proposition P, paving the way for the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the first medical cannabis dispensary in the U.S.
- Elvy Musikka petitioned to join the federal government’s medical marijuana program in 1988, at one point receiving 300 joints per month. While Elvy recently withdrew from the IND (she now resides in Oregon, ‘nuff said), she was one of only two remaining patients of the program as of 2021. For what it’s worth, she called the government cannabis she received “garbage with no THC”…
- Madeline Martinez founded the World Famous Cannabis Cafe, the first cannabis consumption lounge in the U.S. A longtime cannabis activist, Madeline’s efforts to collect signatures helped pass Measure 67, establishing a medical marijuana law in Oregon. Madeline currently serves on the board of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and is the first Latina and Native American to do so.
Nice Guys Delivery Celebrates National Women's Day 2022
It’s been said that the very best predictor of a nation’s peacefulness is its level of gender equality. In recognition of its importance, the United Nations added gender equality to the list of Sustainable Development Goals, goals that reflect “…the growing understanding…that a development model that is sustainable…offers the best path forward for reducing poverty and improving the lives of people everywhere”.
International Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th day of Women’s History Month (March 8), invites us to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women throughout history. The holiday also reminds us of how far we have to go before women enjoy a status equal to men: on average women earn just 83% of what men earn, with an even larger wage gap between women of color and men.
Under the leadership of Ms. Nice Gal, Monica Gray, Nice Guys Delivery promotes an equitable workplace by paying employees fair wages and providing opportunities for professional development.
Nice Guys Delivery Supports the Center for Domestic Peace
Monica is also on the board of directors for the Center for Domestic Peace which is an organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to transform our world so domestic violence no longer exists, creating greater safety, justice and equality. Nice Guys Delivery is proudly sponsoring the Center for Domestic Peace’s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on Friday, May 6, 10:30-2 PM @ Peacock Gap. Tickets can be purchased purchased below.
“If someone has an endocannabinoid system, they can benefit from Aunt Zelda’s™” — Mara Gordon
Mara Gordon, the founder of Aunt Zelda’s, has spent years perfecting the extracts thousands of patients rely on to help improve their quality of life. She’s been featured in publications like Forbes and in documentaries such as Ricki Lake’s “Weed the People”. Mara truly believes in the power of the plant and continues working with medical professionals to “guide them on incorporating cannabinoid-based medicines into their standard treatment plans.”
“A marriage between science, art, and the California Lifestyle” — Christine Skibola, Ph.D. and Nicole Skibola
Ms. Nice Gal Recommends:
Cosmic View’s 3:1 Restore 30ml tincture: Restore is what we consider our most “therapeutic” formulation — potent, cannabinoid rich and has been effective for a number of difficult to treat conditions. This formula is also a wonderful supplement for anyone looking to create a greater sense of calm throughout their dayCosmic View’s 3:1 Restore 30ml tincture
“How do you spell relief?” — Amanda and Jennifer
Kikoko – makers of cannabis-infused tea, honey, and mints – is the brainchild of co-founders and friends Amanda Jones and Jennifer Chapin. Founded in 2015 after their mutual friend was diagnosed with cancer, Kikoko is “based around women being their authentic selves, speaking up, trying new things and living loudly and bravely.” Amanda and Jennifer strongly believe that “cannabis is healthier for the human body and the planet” than alcohol and work to create organic, cannabis-infused products we’re proud to sell at Nice Guys!
Ms. Nice Gal Recommends:
Kikoko’s Tranquilitea: Kikoko is a cannabis botanical wellness company that was founded in 2015 by Jennifer Chaplin and Amanda Jones for a friend. Since then, our mission has been to offer women plant-based, scientifically proven alternatives to pharmaceuticals and alcohol.Kikoko’sTranquilitea
“After all, the skin is the biggest organ” — Olivia Alexander
Known as “The Mariah Carey of Weed”, Olivia Alexander began working in cannabis in 2006. After several iterations, including Swarovski crystal vape pens, Kush Queen was born. Kush Queen’s flagship products, CBD and THC-infused bath bombs are handmade in the USA, GMO-free, and never tested on animals. Olivia and her team are committed to perfecting these and other topicals, like Ignite Intimate lubricant, which is paraben and petrochemical-free (AKA no petroleum!), non-staining, and latex compatible.
Ms. Nice Gal Recommends:
The Kush Queen Promise: All of our nourishing bath bombs are hand-made with 100% essential oil blends and lab-tested full-spectrum cannabis extract, with no artificial dyes, or preservatives. We use high-quality FD&C certified colorants, so it will never stain your tub and is safe for use in food, drugs & cosmetics.Kush Queens 1:1 Relax Bath Bombs
After years of doing branding and graphic design for other people’s companies, Libby Cooper decided to focus her talents on her own brand with the launch of Space Coyote in 2018. And almost immediately, the company’s popularity began to skyrocket.
“It was inspiring,” she says. “I try and talk about it as much as possible because I just want to encourage other people to go out there and do it for themselves.”
Before starting Space Coyote, Cooper was the creative director at Eaze, where she created white-label products, marketing campaigns, and other infographics. One of her favorite projects was a high-budget, out-of-home adverting campaign.