“I’ve seen this plant really perform miracles. It works for pain, it works for psoriasis, eczema and poisoned spider bites.”
For cannapreneur Bonita “Bo” Money, introducing the cannabis business to more minorities has been her mission since she launched her organization Women Abuv Ground (WAG).
With just 3% of minorities involved in the billion-dollar pot industry, and new laws changing the use of recreational and medicinal use of cannabis, her goal is to increase the presence of women of color in cannabis-related businesses.
“I started the networking organization when I found out there were no women like me in the industry,” shares the Korean native, whose aim is to push cannabis leaders to work and serve minority communities. “It is a very self-serving elitist group of white women. Because of the war on drugs, people of color have suffered, particularly African American men and Hispanic men, and they are still in jail for a plant these white suits are making millions of dollars from.”
With the lack of information about the legal use of medical marijuana, the stigma associated with marijuana, expensive start-up and application fees, and the racial discrimination tied to drugs, most people don’t know how and where to start. That’s where Bo says her organization can help, as they offer extensive information on the cannabis industry.
“There are so many different facets within the cannabis business besides cultivating or dispensaries to be involved in. For example, there are hemp products, which are completely legal that you can distribute.”
The creator of That Glass Jar, an organic, herbal cannabis-infused cream that cures Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as MRSA, Bo specializes in the use of cannabis for health and beauty reasons – that is, oils, topicals and creams — forgoing the cultivation route or running a medical marijuana dispensary.
“No one has died from cannabis,” continues Bo, whose cream is another example of the many ways in which acceptance of marijuana has outstripped scientific understanding of its effects on our health. “It is definitely healing. It’s a plant that has actual counter effects, but is it any worse than OxyContin or alcohol, which are more damaging and harsh on the liver?”
With five different extracts that work as natural antibacterial antibiotics and anti-fungal, Bo says That Glass Jar can treat a variety of ailments from sun burns, eczema and psoriasis to arthritis and some forms of skin cancer.
“I’ve seen this plant really perform miracles. It works for pain, it works for psoriasis, eczema and poisoned spider bites. It saved my girlfriend from MRSA and literally killed the bacteria in four days,” adds Bo, who became interested in the healing properties of marijuana when she began her research of the cannabis industry. “The cream does not have Marijuana’s main psychoactive ingredient — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC so it can be shipped anywhere.”
Just last month, her company, WAG, honored former daytime talk show host, Montel Williams. A pot proponent, Williams was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for using his fame to bring awareness to medical cannabis for treatment of chronic illnesses.
“It was called CannaCool Lounge and was a signature event we do a few times a year. We do a one-time award ceremony honoring somebody during the Grammys who has been very impactful to the industry,” she adds.
Given the benefits of legal regulation: taxpaying jobs; millions of dollars annually in state tax revenue, Bo feels cannabis will eventually make the transition from prohibition to legal regulation.
“They are just trying to figure out a way they can track everything from seed to sale and the taxations. Ultimately, it’s just like alcohol during prohibition. We will go through the same process and in five to ten years, it will be as acceptable as alcohol. You are always going to have people who dislike it,” she continues, “but it is about freedom of choice. People should have the freedom of choice to choose how they want to medicate. If people want to medicate with pharmaceuticals or cannabis, they should have that choice.”
For more information on That Glass Jar, visit: http://www.thatglassjar.com/
(Pictured Bonita Money and Montel Williams)