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Woman Owned

Julie Berliner, CEO, Sweet Grass Kitchen | August 13, 2019

I started Sweet Grass Kitchen in 2009, and I still own 100% of my business. There seem to be more women in leadership positions within the cannabis space than in most other industries. It’s difficult for me personally to say what variances there are—if any—between working for a man and working for a woman, because I’ve only worked for a man once in my life, and even then, it was for a matter of months. Friend-turned-boss Ironically, he is the reason I’m doing this today. Brad Melshenker is a unique fellow who currently runs an awesome cannabis business in Colorado, California, and elsewhere, called 710 Labs. I used to live up the street from where his store opened up in downtown Boulder. This was before any regulations existed, and he had a huge TV for video games, a dab bar, and was always throwing parties during which he had a cannabis-infused ice cream bar and served infused cookies. We became friends. I went to school to be a teacher, but the employment landscape was bleak in 2009, especially for government-funded sectors. Brad asked me to make infused cookies for his store. As I said, back then, things were much different. I was able to make cookies out of my home, walk them up the street, and sell them at his store the same day. During that time, he offered me a job as a budtender. I was able to learn the ins and outs of the industry and assess whether or not …

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