Legalized marijuana is now a recognized drug in 35 states. The cannabis industry is booming and female cannapreneurs are thriving. Even though it is still considered a controlled substance under federal government guidelines, recreational cannabis has been smoked for centuries to achieve relief from stress and depression and to treat chronic pain and sickness. Marijuana companies also use the non-psychoactive ingredient CBD (cannabidiol) in many edibles such as chocolate, tea and gummies and also tinctures like oils and body lotion.
The pandemic is helping drive the thriving cannabis industry. In 2019, the legalized marijuana market made 3.1 billion dollars. Cannabis sales for 2021 will near $35 billion and global sales are forecasted to reach 62.1 billion by 2026. Technology is assisting weed delivery companies and online directories (such as bud.com) in reaching new customers. And massive cannabis trade shows like Hall of Flowers in Cathedral City, California, have elevated the industry by facilitating in-person B2B commerce between top brands and retailers.
Hall Of Flowers Trade Show
The 2 day inaugural show took place on December 8 and 9. Thousands of industry attendees meandered inside a colossal 84,000 square foot convention space to network and celebrate all things cannabis. Meanwhile, a shangri-la atmosphere was created outside with artificial turf, food trucks, café lights and huge comfortable pillows to relax and work. Attendees were asked to only sample cannabis products outdoors. A special state-of-the-art air neutralizing system was also created to prevent cannabis odors from lingering or escaping the trade show area.
Christy was educated in Paris at École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), an international business school in France and studied film and television at LACC (Los Angeles Community College). She is a business owner, published author and a critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Her 20 year body of cinema work to date includes 2 feature films, 15 short films and one web series. She is a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, actress and editor.
Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series "Vape Warz", which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series and is now streaming on Amazon. In 2019, she released her first foreign short film "Perdu à France" ("Lost In Provence")- also streaming on Amazon. She lives in Los Angeles.