GRASS VALLEY, Calif. December 1, 2016 – Please join us tonight, December 1st for “Cannabis Allies: Ending the Stigma.” We will be bringing in 2 keynote speakers to speak on their personal experiences with the plant and how it has changed the lives of ordinary people.

WOMEN GROW EVENT, THURSDAY DEC. 1ST, 6PM—‘CANNABIS ALLIES: ENDING THE STIGMA’ at Summer Thyme’s Bakery in Grass Valley, 231 Colfax Ave.

Marijuana has for a long time been viewed as a negative thing: a hard drug which only less than reputable people partook in and as a gateway drug. People who partook were stigmatized by society and frowned upon as “hippies” or “stoners”.

That is all changing. After the November election, there are a total of 28 states that have legalized cannabis to some degree. The benefits and uses of marijuana are slowly coming to light and the stigmas around it are fading into the not so distant past.

Medical research on the myriad of ways cannabis works on our bodies along with the profitable industry and jobs that come along it are the main reasons why the stigma is fading away.

Mark A. Carrillo


Mark A. Carrillo was born in Redwood City, California, October 1985. His family moved to Sacramento, California in 1999, where Mark graduated from Foothill High School and enlisted into the United Stated Marine Corps in 2003.

After the completion of boot camp in December 2003 from MCRD, San Diego, he was trained as a Field Radio Operator and assigned to the 2D Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejuene. Mark deployed twice with 2D Reconnaissance Battalion to Fallujah, Iraq. During his first deployment in 2004 he was with the S-3/Operations. Mark’s second deployment in 2006 he was a platoon Radio Chief.

In 2007, Mark fulfilled his honorable 4 year commitment to the U.S. Marine Corps and returned to Sacramento. Shortly after returning home, he found himself drinking more than a fifth of vodka a day in order to cope with post-military life. After more than a year of heavy drinking, his health care provider explained that he was starting to show symptoms of alcohol abuse. Looking for other means to alleviate his emerging health concerns, he turned to cannabis and found that it was a much better form of medication for him than the alcohol.

In December of 2014, Mark discovered a veterans organization that was helping other men and women cope with post-military life. Right then, Mark knew this was his calling and he decided to start helping veterans in the Sacramento area. Mark founded Meds4Vets in January 2015, when he began providing free medication for veterans twice a month out of a legal medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento. Meds4Vets joined Weed for Warriors Project in August 2015 and is now the Weed for Warriors Project’s longest running and largest chapter. Meds4Vets continues to hold monthly meeting for Veterans. Mark is currently Director of Chapter Development and Operations of the Weed for Warriors Project where he focuses on helping veterans set up new chapters all over the country. Veterans helping veterans.

Lisa Pfadt, MS, BSN, PHN, RN


Lisa Pfadt is passionate about people, health education, and patient advocacy. Ms. Pfadt is a Registered Nurse with a medical-surgical background, a public health nurse, a health coach, a lactation educator, and holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. Ms. Pfadt is a member of the American Nurses Association, the International Nurses Association, the International Lactation Consultants Association, the American Cannabis Nursing Association, and Women Grow.

Advocating for health, wellness, and the power that people have to create change in their lives inspired her to establish the Platinum Wellness Institute, Inc., a widely recognized health education organization, which empowers people for self-management of their health, and ISP Wellness Cooperative. A patient health and education focused medical cannabis cooperative serving the needs of medical cannabis patients and their caregivers. Ms. Pfadt successfully helps her clients become empowered patients, relieve caregiver burnout, participate in the management of chronic illness, and become informed healthcare consumers.

Among her health education and health advocacy activities, Ms. Pfadt strives to educate people on changing the perception of medical cannabis by altering the current landscape to reduce the stigma associated with medical cannabis for patients, caregivers, and the public.
She is passionate about helping enhance the overall quality of life for people through outstanding services that integrate the individual’s values with evidence-based research to create life-changing growth.

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6:00PM Check-in and Open Networking
6:30PM Opening Presentation
7:00PM Featured Speakers
8:30PM Open Networking
9:00PM Meeting Concludes


Who attends? You’ll meet women (and men) at all different stages of their career in the cannabis industry. Many will be in the research phase, just learning more about opportunities, while still working day jobs. Some are looking for jobs with existing organizations. Others are starting up their own cannabis venture or ancillary business. Depending on the status of legalization in your state, you’ll also meet cannabis business owners & investors who are well on their way.

Why should I attend? Personal connections are the key to professional success. Through the wide variety of events offered to members of Women Grow, trustworthy business relationships sprout from the face-to-face interactions of our members. Together we have more power. As the cannabis industry grows on a national and global scale, women have the opportunity to build a new American industry from inception and redefine the workplace to create environments in which we can flourish and define our own destiny, and cultivate the next generation of industry leaders.

How can I get the most out of networking events? We recommend bringing business cards and a pen to take notes. If you don’t have business cards, check out Moo for 10% off your first order (and your first order supports Women Grow). Watch our video on networking tips from Women Grow founding members.

Where are there Women Grow events? Women Grow events are held in small towns and large cities, in prohibition and legalized states alike. No matter where your county is on the road to legalization, you can have a Women Grow chapter. Learn more about starting a Women Grow Chapter.

Are there ID requirements to attend? All attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID as many events occur in establishments serving alcohol.

What are my transportation/parking options? We recommend taking public transportation. Street parking is not guaranteed, plan accordingly.

Can I pay at the door? Paying in advance helps speed up our check-in process and makes sure you receive all event announcements. If you are unable to pay in advance, please bring cash.

Are tickets refundable or transferrable? You may send a friend to attend in your place. Tickets are not refundable.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, as long as your ID matches the name your registered the ticket under. You may also show us your ticket on your mobile device. If you are giving your ticket to a colleague, please forward them the ticket to show us.

Are events on different days other than the first Thursday of the month? Women Grow networking events are on the first Thursday of each month (except for holiday weeks). Social events can be planned at other times. Women Grow’s national events are held a few times a year. Make sure you’re on the Women Grow mailing list to receive invitations.

Why do you charge for events? Women Grow is funded by event proceeds and sponsors. We charge for our events so that Women Grow is a self-sustaining organization. If you are unable to afford an event, please contact the organizer to ask about volunteer opportunities.

Why should I consider a career in the cannabis industry? Watch our videos on getting started in the cannabis industry and why women should get involved.


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