It’s no secret that the cannabis industry has historically lingered in the shadows. For nearly a century, activists have been targeted for using and advocating for this medicinal plant, and have been cast aside as criminals, degenerates and outlanders. In fact, the Emerald Magazine itself was conceived in a jail cell as a direct result of a cannabis raid and civil rights violation.
As I knew back in 2012, and still believe today, the pen is mightier than the sword, and with that in mind, we set out this December to highlight some heavy hitters in our industry. Our cover story this month profiles Liz Carmouche and her breakthrough in the cannabis industry. This “Girl-Rilla” is not only an advocate for cannabis, but she has served her country overseas in the Marines and is the first openly gay UFC fighter in the ring. She is a hero across the board.