Since coming out as a medical marijuana user during her bout with breast cancer in 2005, Etheridge has gone further, advocating for full legalization, in part because
“I don’t want to look like a criminal to my kids anymore.” The singer and advocate has now joined the growing ranks of female potrepreneurs with her delicious cannabis-infused wine, announced in late 2014.
This year Etheridge opened the Americans for Safe Access conference in DC and keynoted the Cannabis World Conference in LA, and she rocked out the Concert for Social Justice in LA with renditions of Brandy Clark’s “Get High” and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up.”
For her courage, her vision, and her creativity, Tokin’ Woman is proud to bestow this year’s Tokin' Woman of the Year award to Melissa Etheridge.
this year when she questioned the suspension of fellow fighter Nick Diaz because he tested positive for pot. Rousey has since clarified that she is not against testing for performance-enhancing drugs, which she has undergone since her teens, before becoming the first US woman to win an Olympic medal in judo in 2008.
ACTIVISTS OF THE YEAR
Lynnette Shaw - won court ruling against federal interference in medical marijuana
Diane Goldstein, Ladybug
Mikki Norris on The Drug War at The Emerald Cup
BEST AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
MOVIE OF THE YEAR
OUTING OF THE YEAR
Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart were interviewed for Culture magazine, and Joan Jett toked up for High Times photographers and spoke about the time Miley Cyrus came to her hotel room and she was smoking.
Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez defended marijuana legalization on The View; Molly Ringwald and Kelly Clarkson came out for legalization, and Olivia Wilde spoke about "...that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot" in People magazine.
BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Susan Cheever, Drinking in America
(and, of course, Tokin’Women: A 4000-Year Herstory)
in the Superbowl because “We got the weed, man.”
Ellen Degeneres reported on a Yelp review of the Buds and Roses dispensary in LA.
But my top three moments were these:
BEST CANNABIS RESEARCH STUDY
NOTABLE GOVERNMENT NEWS
A FOND GOODBYE TO: