January 12, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss women finding their voices through social media movements and marches & an interview with Dr. Chanda Macias one of two black women to own a dispensary in the United States.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Carrie Lukas, President, Independent Women’s Forum; Erin Matson, Co-Founder, Reproaction, Rina Shah, Republican Strategist

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Women's Movements

What lies ahead for #TimesUp, #MeToo and #PowerToThePolls.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “Women are not changing society yet, and we will know it when we see it, because we will begin to see it in the everyday workplace.”

  • Rina Shah: “What we want do, is make women gatekeepers.  That’s the big thing, we need to get them engaged in the political process in a more meaningful way.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “What’s being done by [women-centered] organizations to get women to run for office [and] get more women of color to run for office?”

  • Erin Matson: “It feels like a new day on sexual harassment issues, but it’s going to take real structural reforms to get to a real lasting new era.”

  • Carrie Lukas: “This is a problem, we all want a solution. I think, having more transparency and not letting people hide behind this fig leaf of being pro-woman.”


Women & the Cannabis Industry

The impact of women on the legal marijuana business.

  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton: “Keeping such a business going for capital reasons is really the paramount reason, but I tell you, I’m more worried about what Sessions is doing to drive back the industry and people of every sex and race.”
  • Rina Shah: “I think the amount of confusion that is out there on state and federal and where we fall as a country really on medicinal marijuana is confusing to many women, so perhaps they’re tepid to enter that space.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “We’re talking about access to capital here. You can’t get a license [to sell marijuana] unless you’re rich, and then when you get it you get even richer. Access to capital is unfortunately ... for many women and brown skin women [the way] to get into industries and that’s not happening so far.”

  • Erin Matson: “What we should be doing is encouraging more women into leadership positions into all sorts of businesses, including the marijuana industry.”

  • Dr. Chanda Macias: “In order to de-stigmatize the negative connotation of marijuana, we have to actually educate people on the true benefits of it.

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