For more than a decade, Leah has been advocating for children and for rational cannabis policies. She received a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia and taught in public elementary school for several years. After having her first of three children, she became a stay-at-home mom and, shortly after, a full-time cannabis reform activist.
Leah was thrust into activism after she and her family experienced a traumatic home invasion and raid for growing medical cannabis in Missouri. She and her family moved to Portland and began working towards cannabis law reform. She was one of several people who helped found New Approach Oregon and she remained involved in the Yes on 91 campaign, creating a group entirely through grassroots efforts called Moms for Yes on Measure 91, which has now been renamed Oregon Moms for Cannabis Law Reform.
After the legalization victory, Leah helped launch and co-chair the Portland chapter for Women Grow, which became one of the largest cannabis business networking groups in the state, and played a big role in the development of the organization’s brand overall.
Leah is one of the owners of The Weed Blog, the number one website for cannabis news and information, and contributes and sources content regularly for the site.
Leah also serves as the Branding and Outreach Manager at Yerba Buena Farms, a cannabis producer that was one of the first 8 recreationally licensed cannabis businesses in Oregon.
At the core, though, Leah continues to be a cannabis legalization activist, and hopes to see the prohibition of cannabis end on a federal level, and to see the cannabis conversation normalized across America.