Article by Civilized
It started at the best of times in what was then one of the worst states for cannabis legalization. The exuberance of the chase to get Florida’s Amendment 2 on the ballot in 2014 and the confirmation of the polls of more than 70 percent support. Then the epoch of disbelief, as Amendment #2 failed to get the much needed 60 percent of the vote, left medical cannabis activists Kathleen Isoldi and Candice A. Marschke incredulous.
Having met many people during the campaign to get 2 on the ballot who wanted to legalize medicinal use of cannabis and many more who needed it to live day-by-day, they began to meet monthly with likeminded people to talk about all things cannabis. During one of those meetings, they were introduced to an up-and-coming cannabis networking organization called Women Grow.
As founders of the South Florida Chapter of Women Grow, Marschke and Isoldi aspire to connect to people in the current industry in legal states, people desirous to start new businesses as well as many more who hungered for the knowledge and information about this amazing plant. SOFL Women Grow’s passion to create opportunities for people to come together to heal and help others became more than a monthly calling – it became a lifelong mission to connect, educate and inspire each other around this plant.
Marschke and Isoldi wanted to do something decidedly different and unique to the SOFL way of life: they wanted to create a “Bhang” in the cannabis networking space. So in 2016, they started Bhang Travel Inc., an events agency dedicated to creating events in amazing destinations with experts in their field to educate, connect, inspire and celebrate all things cannabis.
And Florida now has the advantage of being an industry leader in the conversation around cannabis, after state voters overwhelmingly supported the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana last week.