The future of cannabis is female! December is DOPE Magazine’s Women’s Issue, and we wanted to continue to highlight women across the industry on all of our platforms. We sent a questionnaire to outstanding women in cannabis—some familiar to us, some new—and will be showcasing their answers in individual blogs this month. Today’s story highlights Kristin Murr-Sloat, cannabis cultivator at AlpinStash.
DOPE Magazine: Who are some of your greatest role models?
Kristin Murr-Sloat: This is a difficult question for me as I have many role models for various reasons. However, they are all hard working women who have paved the road for us today.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?
I’ve actually been very fortunate in my cannabis journey. Before joining Danny at AlpinStash, I worked at a cannabis bakery with the intention of understanding a different side of the industry. This experience was mostly rewarding. I had my ups and downs, but I am thankful for the knowledge I gained while working there. As far as working in the cultivation area of the industry, I do occasionally receive push back from men. Danny tends to get a lot of the credit when there are three strong women, who are just as important to our company and work just as hard— Silvia Anchondo, Ethel Calderin and myself. However, I am a firm believer that if we just keep up the hard work and continue to stand up and prove these people wrong, we can change this idea that only men can grow.
What’s something someone would never guess about you?
I’ve been playing ice hockey since the age of six and it has molded me into the person I am today. Hockey was, and is, my very first love and it still helps me to this day.
Favorite “guilty pleasure”?
Mindless TV is probably my biggest guilty pleasure. I really enjoy shutting my brain down after a busy day of making decisions.
Where do you see your career/business headed in five years? Twenty?
Danny and I talk about this often and we are all over the place. Honestly, I just want to be happy with a growing family and business. I would like to continue to educate people on the benefits of cannabis and to grow a beautiful organic product that’s affordable and helpful to those who need it.
How do you feel about the industry-wide assertion that cannabis is a female-friendly space?
I actually think this is more true with cannabis than other industries. It’s gives us a platform as business owners and heads of companies. We still have a ways to go, but my hopes are high. There are so many strong educated women in this industry and I feel lucky to have been featured with them and to continue to meet and learn about these badass women.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be the first female center in the NHL, which is hilarious now.
If you could talk to yourself five years ago, what advice would you give?
You’re right where you need to be, stay with it.
What advice do you have for other women looking to get into the cannabis space?
Get it, girl! Find what fits your skills best and go for it. That’s the beauty of this industry, there are so many positions in so many different capacities available to women. Spend time doing the research, narrow it down to where you think you fit best and apply, apply, apply.
Recommend a book, album, and movie you think everyone should read/listen to/watch while stoned!
I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so I strongly suggest reading those books…any Ani DiFranco album and the new “Fantastic Beasts” movies are fantastic stoned.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
If it pushes you past the point you think you can go, go harder and go faster.
What’s the one thing you would bring if you were stranded on a desert island?
I would bring my husband, Danny.
What’s your favorite cannabis product?
I am an old fashioned flower girl. I love pure organic flower.
What do you hope for the future of the cannabis industry?
I hope we continue to grow and educate those who do not understand and doubt the need for this plant. I hope we can continue to destigmatize and legalize this healing plant.
Fill in the blank:
I could never live without: Love.
What do you think needs to happen before we achieve federal legalization of cannabis?
I feel like a broken record, but I think that education and open doors with companies are the most important thing. If people understand the benefits of this plant and also the operations of businesses, I think they will be more open to it. Most people need facts and proof and that’s what we need to continue to provide.
What’s your smoking/cannabis consumption ritual?
I’m pretty simple. I like to cozy up in bed or on the couch and smoke out of my pipe or bong, nothing fancy. My favorite strains at this moment are some of our AlpinStash Originals— Grape Grimoire, Platinum Tiger Cookies, Emperor’s Breath, Snow Quake, Falkor and Lemmiwinks.