Snowstorm can’t stop women’s cannabis event

Despite a rare low-elevation snowstorm that kept many people off the roads last weekend, more than 65 women braved the snow and ice for the kickoff of a new women’s cannabis group in the Rogue Valley.

The event, for the launch of Tokeativity’s Rogue Valley Chapter, was held at Rogue Soil in Medford. The RSVP-only Love Yourself Social welcomed women from all over Southern Oregon who are in the cannabis industry — or who just love the plant — to meet each other, hang out and toke. The event was sold out.

“I didn’t anticipate that big of a turnout, but it was super exciting to see, especially for the launch,” said Becky Frieze, co-owner of TreeTop Gardens in Cave Junction and Rogue Valley Chapter leader and sponsor. “There were lots of new faces, it was really great.”

The event included smores over a fire and many other activities, including a letter-writing-to-your-future-self station, a CBD dab bar, a craft table with Linda Birky, massages with Ashland Ashiatsu, facials by Diana Taracena, and tarot readings with Crystal Lynn. Queen B Labs High Resin Remedies and Mammoth Microbes were the event sponsors.

Tokeativity is a cannabis community for women that started in Portland with founders Lisa Snyder and Samantha Montanaro at the helm. Now there are seven other chapters – Eugene, Bend, Rogue Valley, Denver, LA, Seattle and South Africa, with more than 115 women waiting in the wings to host.

“We met Becky through Tokeativity Eugene events and we knew right away she was a leader in the industry,” Snyder says. “Her and her husband, Kale, have been growing in the Rogue Valley for years. It was clear that TreeTop Gardens was the perfect partner for this chapter.”

Adds Montanaro, “Rogue Valley is the heart of cannabis culture, and we always dreamed about having a chapter there. … There are generations of female farmers who have been working with the plant for so long, and we are excited to honor and uplift them. We were so thrilled when Becky said she would like to start a chapter here, and the response has been amazing.”

Frieze found Tokeativity via Instagram and traveled five hours roundtrip to Eugene to attend three different events during the last year. She said she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.

“I knew from the start that Southern Oregon needed something like this for our cannabis community,” Frieze says. “I have lived in the Rogue Valley and been in cannabis for nearly 20 years. My farm is very excited to help bring all of us ladies together to feel a sense of community and support. My interest in the Rogue Valley chapter came at the right time, and everything has come together since.”

Frieze said she received many questions about what is next for the chapter since the launch was such a success. She said the goal is to plan a similar social every other month, with get-togethers such as hikes or meet-ups at local woman-owned businesses.

“My goal is to have all kinds of events in the Rogue Valley, such as the Love Yourself Social, brunches, meet-ups, classes on cultivation, and so much more,” Frieze said.

“Any way we can come together to support each other and feel supported as women is something I feel so many of us are missing in this busy world. Connecting with women in my community and normalizing cannabis use is the big vision.”

For more information about the Tokeativity Rogue Valley Chapter, email roguevalley@tokeativity.com or see @TokeativityRogueValley on Instagram.

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