The Initiative

Amy Margolis, a prominent attorney and founder of the Oregon Cannabis Association, recently announced the launch of The Initiative, an accelerator program specifically for women entrepreneurs and executives in the cannabis industry.

Serving as founder and program director, Margolis developed The Initiative to rebalance the gender discrepancy in the cannabis industry. The Initiative’s board of directors includes Amanda Reiman, Dr. Janice Knox, Rick Turoczy, Emily Paxhia, Mowgli Holmes, AC Braddock, Glynis Olson, Katie Kiernan, Joshua Goldstein and Carlos Perea. Foundational sponsors are iAnthus Capital and Miller Nash. The team seeks to provide leadership, guidance and broad networking to ensure the success of every selected applicant.

“The Initiative will help provide the tools, mentoring, training and access to funding that women need to ensure their success in the cannabis space,” Margolis says. “The Initiative fills the gaps for immersive business programming and funding desperately needed.”

Margolis also recently started The Commune, the first cannabis-friendly gathering space of its kind. Located in a historic building in Portland, Oregon, The Commune is a 4,000-square-foot event, office and boardroom space that hosts business classes and boot camps, incubator opportunities, speakers, coworking, infused dinners and conference room rentals. It also houses The Initiative.

The Initiative and The Commune have been formed to ensure that the cannabis industry remains the most progressive and balanced emerging industry yet.

Enrollment in The Initiative will open online to all women cannabis business leaders on Sept. 1, with a preference toward product makers and innovators.

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