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We Are Mary Jane: Women of Cannabis

Our exhibition ‘We Are Mary Jane: Women of Cannabis’ highlights the extraordinary women who have shaped the modern cannabis world, and shows how women are advancing the industry today.

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Ended on 28 February 2019

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Amsterdam

we are mary jane

“She is a great teacher and ally.”

Mikki Norris

20th century statuette of Ma Gu (‘Hemp Maiden’), the Taoist goddess of hemp.

20th century statuette of Ma Gu (‘Hemp Maiden’), the Taoist goddess of hemp.

1042 maria cavali

1042 – We Are Mary Jane.

Temporary exhibition

We Are Mary Jane: Women of Cannabis

Amsterdam’s Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum presents ‘We are Mary Jane: Women of Cannabis’ – an exhibition which explores the role of women in the world of cannabis. From prehistoric times to the present day, the museum pays tribute to the often overlooked female contribution in the history of the world’s most versatile plant.

In recent years, the legal cannabis industry in the United States has become a multibillion dollar venture. Estimates are that marijuana sales will rise to tens of billions in 2021. Today, women hold a greater share of executive positions in the cannabis industry than in all other U.S. industries combined. This will increase as the industry grows and develops, which raises the question: at the dawn of cannabis legalization in different parts of the world, will women lead the cannabis industry into a new era?

For a long time, the cannabis business has been male-dominated and its products primarily aimed at a male audience. Now, women from diverse backgrounds are closing the gender gap and shaping this relatively new field. The business is gaining a brand-new image. Cannabis offers a wide variety of fields to explore: from recreation to medicine, from ecological sustainability to human health and wellbeing, from legal and financial to marketing.

This exhibition features medical marihuana products for women from Whoopi and Maya, a company co-founded by Whoopi Goldberg, artfully designed pipes from Stonedware and durable hemp clothing by Dutch fashion label Studio Jux. In the past, a huge part of the cultivation and processing of hemp crops was performed by large numbers of women, as depicted in a watercolour by famous artist Piet Mondriaan. The ancient Chinese venerated a hemp Goddess by the name of Ma Gu (hemp maiden).

In modern times, Mila Jansen established a precursor of the coffeeshops in Amsterdam, while in the US Mary Rathbun, AKA “Brownie Mary”, pioneered medicinal cannabis by providing HIV patients with her magical brownies.

In cooperation with photographer Maria Cavali the museum presents ‘1042 – We Are Mary Jane’: a series of photos of female cannabis consumers as an ode to the diversity of the Amsterdam cannabis culture.

‘We are Mary Jane’ highlights the extraordinary women who have shaped the modern cannabis world, and shows how women are advancing the industry today.

We Are Mary Jane: Women of Cannabis
June 8, 2018 – Feburary 28, 2019
Opening: Thursday June 7, at 5.00 pm

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