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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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