America’s cannabis industry is expanding exponentially in both physical and financial size, but legal weed is still very much in its infancy stage. And as the market grows from coast to coast, and boardroom to boardroom, so too has the industry’s diversity. And while there is still a lot of work to be done in creating spaces for people of color and those from diverse backgrounds, a new survey from Marijuana Business Daily suggests that American cannabis is already well ahead of traditional business when it comes to the percentage of companies founded and owned by women.
As a part of MJBiz Daily’s deep dive into diversity and cannabis, the study’s authors surveyed “567 self-identified marijuana industry senior executives and owners/founders” and found that over 25% of the ganjapreneurs were women, a significantly higher figure than the national business average.
Comparatively, the latest Fortune 500 list boasted a record high 32 female CEOs, or 6.4% of the list. Across the country, women founded or own roughly 20% of all businesses.
In the cannabis industry, though, those numbers may be higher, but there are still some glaring inconsistencies….