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The Illustrator

Aless McGovern speaks five languages fluently and holds two degrees. Since graduating from a graphic design program last year, she has worked diligently to build an impressive body of personal work which showcases her talent, her love of bright colours, and what is sure to soon be considered her signature psych-pop style.

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The Free Spirit

Jale Ferland — pronounced Jalé — has lived a myriad of different and fantastical lifetimes in her 40-ish years. After living in New York’s Lower East side (including a stint at the famous Hotel 17, previous home to a pre-fame Madonna and current home of diva Amanda Lepore) at the height of “Club Kid” culture, learning how to get done-up from Drag Queens, befriending icons like Lenny Kaye, and fronting a 90s punk band called Guttergirl.

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the connoisseur

Kayla Gerber boasts a number of talents beyond “expert-level cannabis connoisseur” — she’s also a singer, dancer, actor, model, and dance teacher. When Kayla was chosen by Toronto-based company AHLOT — from a pool of 25,000 applicants — to get paid to consume and evaluate weed, she could barely believe it.

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The Founder

April Pride has been called the “unofficial godmother of the women and weed movement,” and with good reason. In 2016 April founded Van der Pop, which quickly became North America’s most recognized women-focused cannabis brand.

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the comedian

Now in her late 30s, comedian Coko Galore is hitting her stride as a creative innovator. Believing that honesty is paramount to her craft, Coko shares her recipe for a successful life, an ingredient list that includes learning how to be less obsessed with perfection, setting healthy self-expectations, and implementing a self-care routine that allows her to replenish her energy.

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The Plant Whisperer

Stephanie Philip is manager of Urban Gardener, a garden boutique in Toronto which caters to city-dwelling green thumbs. It’s not surprising that Stephanie’s respect for nature’s healing properties extends to our favourite flowering plant. We spoke to her about her quiet rituals around both owning houseplants and using cannabis and why they’ve become important to her.

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The Boss

At 29 years old, Lorilynn McCorrister is shattering stereotypes about what it means to be a young woman in a high-stakes entrepreneurial world. She is strong, she is smart, and she’s not afraid to show up and be herself.

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The Musician

27-year old Maria Sicilia has loved writing and playing music since she was 6 years old, and earlier this year she realized a long-time dream with the release of her EP “Airplane Mode” under the moniker Cenzina. This impressive milestone has been a happy interruption for the Vancouver-based musician during a turbulent time, after her health started failing her last year without warning.

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The Trainer

Barbara Arn has cultivated a career in personal training and fitness that is rooted in her personal wellness journey. In high school, Barbara (known as “Barbie” to her family and friends) was in a car accident that left her with painful back issues. To ensure she wouldn’t be afflicted with a bad back at 17 years-old, she was told to make a significant shift towards a healthier physical, and mental, lifestyle.

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the manifesto

We are the new face of cannabis. We are out in the open and confident to share our stories.

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The Dreamer

Taryn Wittlin, aka Trixy Starr, is a force of nature, sparking joy and happiness through her dream-like designs. Since moving to L.A. 18 years ago Taryn has built a successful jewellery business, an international community of fans, and has started a family of her own.

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the purveyor of pleasure

Amy Johnson and her team are on a mission to prove that pleasure and wellness go hand-in-hand and are redefining the world of sex with a shop that is owned, operated, designed and curated by women.

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the openhearted

Jaime Eisen is a twenty-something professional at a small design firm in Toronto. She holds a Master’s degree, and she’s incredibly close with her family. Jaime is not the slightest bit ashamed to talk openly about sex, pleasure, mental health, the politics of sex work, or almost any subject wrought with stigma.

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the innovator

Charlene Freedom is author to the kind of success story that deserves a memoir. After overcoming a difficult journey through illness, chronic pain, opiate addiction, and finally, recovery, Charlene turned her own life lessons into an innovative career aimed at helping others heal.

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the designer

Hayley Dineen, co-founder of Sackville & Co., was drawn into the cannabis industry after personal experience left her aching for better cannabis products that enhance, not contradict, her thoughtful aesthetic.

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the activist

Diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in her early teens, Chelsea Leyland is a British DJ turned activist with a focus on medical cannabis and epilepsy awareness. She is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

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the doctor

Dr. Doris Mitchell is a family physician practicing on Chapleau Cree First Nation in rural northern Ontario, a community 160km east of Timmins. Her practice includes treating patients as a GP, in the emergency department, as well as long-term care. Dr. Mitchell is also an assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

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the educator

Barinder Rasode is the CEO of NICHE (National Institute for Cannabis Health Education), an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides impartial and evidence-based research about cannabis production and use in Canada.

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the graduate

Kyla Killackey is Executive Assistant to Alison Gordon and supports the team at 48North. Having graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, Kyla considers this to be her first job in the real world. She was drawn to work in the cannabis industry because of her experiences as a medical cannabis user, and belief in the benefits this plant can have on women’s health.

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the lawyer

Caryma Sa’d took a leap of faith and started her own law practice in April 2017. Leaving her unsatisfying Bay Street gig behind, she became interested in working with cannabis consumers and businesses, with the majority of her cases tackling landlord-tenant disputes and criminal cases related to cannabis possession or use.

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The DJ

Over the past three years Sarah Barrable Tishauer has worked to turn her passion for the dancefloor into a profession as a DJ. For Sarah, cannabis is a spiritual tool for connection – to herself, to music and to her community.

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the champion

Vee Mercier lives on Prince Edward Island with her partner Sean, working full-time as a translator for the government, and part-time as a freelance photographer and cannabis advocate.

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the storyteller

Tania Peralta is a storyteller, writer, spoken word poet, and artist. Her story of coming to Canada is one she shares proudly and with raw vulnerability.

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the seeker

Nature and resin jewelry maker Michelle Beauséjour has been focused on discovering as much as she can about her ancestry (Métis, Mi’kmaq, Irish, and French), and learning to celebrate her identity as a Mixed Indigenous woman.

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the philosopher

We spoke to Alexandra Marier days before her 45th birthday, a time in life where she has reached a place of self-acceptance and self-love. Alexandra is a professional translator from Québec City, now living in Montreal who has taken an introspective approach to middle age.

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the journalist

Amanda “Ama” Scriver is a self-taught freelance journalist whose writing about cannabis oscillates between the surprising (pot for pets), the practical (cannabis and better sex), and the progressive (a new POV on sobriety).

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the fighter

Over the past 13 years Angelina has celebrated many victories and also endured multiple injuries, citing cannabis as her main source of recovery to fight inflammation and soreness. She shares how healthy cannabis edibles, oils, and “floating” became an integral part of both her training and recovery, and a building block to living a happy life.

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the maker

Leah Lavergne is a former commercial dancer who has channeled her creativity and affinity for movement and space into making beautiful hand-crafted ceramic pipes. Her entry to the cannabis industry has been empowering, nurturing, and unexpected.

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The Enthusiast

Since winning the grand prize of $100K on Big Brother Canada Season 3 Sarah Hanlon has proudly donned her public persona as a cannabis enthusiast.

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The Leader

For Morgan English, sharing her personal experience with cannabis day-to-day in an authentic way has catapulted her Instagram account @ThisCannabisLife into the feeds of over 50,000 cannabis-curious followers. Like so many advocates, Morgan came to cannabis out of necessity.

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Women, Cannabis, Canada

We are starting a new conversation, one that is inclusive of women. This new conversation is thoughtful and respectful, lifting up the growing cannabis community.

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The Gardener

Recognized as one of Canada’s finest growers, Sarah Sunday takes immense pride in producing the best cannabis possible for herself and her patients. She is also the founder of Canada’s elite cannabis competition The Karma Cup, and has cultivated a beautiful community around the annual event.

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The Athlete

The stigma around cannabis often rings much louder than the facts. We spoke with Allia McLeod, a senior producer at HuffPost Canada, about the car accident that changed the trajectory of her life — and in time, her feelings about including cannabis in her wellness plan.

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The Pragmatist

Connie Gardiner will be 72 this year and she’s not afraid of speaking frankly about the side effects of growing old. Her diagnosis of Osteoarthritis in 2007, followed by the news that she also had Osteoporosis (or “rotten bones,” as Connie refers to it) has inspired her to take a no-nonsense approach to her life and her health. She credits cannabis as the turning point — a source of renewed hope during a very difficult time.

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The Aromatherapist

Elana Millman has believed in the restorative power of plants since a young age, when she first learned about aromatherapy. She currently runs a holistic healing practice and is the author of Aromatherapy for Sensual Living: Essential Oils for the Ecstatic Soul, a how-to guide on how to use essential oils in sensual, creative and curative ways.

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The Individual

Maika Harper is a working actress, mental health advocate, and mom. She was born and raised in Nunavut’s capital city, Iqaluit, but has called Toronto home for more than 10 years.

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The Creative

Cannabis has long been a catalyst for the artistic process, triggering the imagination, awakening the senses, and freeing us from our self-censors. Jen Arron is a Toronto-based fibre artist and mother. She has consciously incorporated cannabis into her process. Jen weaves commissioned installations that feel like landscapes, at once grounded and otherworldly. We spoke with her about wellness, the strange beauty of making art and how cannabis plays a role in both.

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The Business Owner

Brooke Manning is the owner of Likely General, a thoughtfully curated retail shop, as well as a gallery and community space. She is a poet and musician that values the sacred and the beautiful. For Brooke, the cannabis ceremony has become part of an ongoing exploration of self and a balm for her soul and psyche.

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The Mother & Daughter

Daenah Campbell, a model and poet, and her mother Kalemah Campbell, an herbalist and spiritual coach, let us sit in on a conversation about their own relationships to cannabis.

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The Caretaker

deb singh has been standing up for survivors of violence in Toronto for over 15 years. Processing trauma is part of her everyday, and here she shares how using cannabis with intention is not a crutch but an act of radical self-care.

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The Yogi

For friends of the flower, cannabis becomes a ritual: the kit, the smoke, the elevated feeling. Sandy Braz is the owner of Yoga Yoga, Toronto’s boutique Vinyasa studio and event space.

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