From The Oregonian: Portland marijuana conference features Diane Fornbacher, publisher of Ladybud, a site focusing on women and pot

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By Noelle Crombie | September 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Diane Fornbacher publishes one of the first online sites dedicated to women who consume marijuana. The 37-year-old mother of two launched Ladybud in 2013 to tackle issues involving women, especially mothers, and pot.

Fornbacher, who recently moved from the Philadelphia area to Colorado as a self-described “cannabis refugee,” is one of a half-dozen women speaking at this weekend’s International Cannabis Business Conference at the Oregon Convention Center.

She said her site, which features reviews of rolling papers and recipes that call for marijuana-infused products, generates about 90,000 page views monthly.

Fornbacher, who has been a marijuana consumer since she was 19, said she uses the drug to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder. She took a few minutes Saturday to talk with The Oregonian about her work. (Her answers have been edited for length.)

Q: What is the mission of Ladybud?

Ladybud is definitely biased. We don’t make any qualms about that. We want to represent the women and families who have to deal with the drug war. They are who we are fighting for.

We are a combination of what you might find in sort of a Time magazine rather than a People.

Q: What role do women play in the marijuana industry?

I am coming up on 20 years of activism and am fairly new to the industry. I see a lot more people of color and a lot more women. It used to be male-dominated. There were women involved but not nearly as many as there are now in the industry and involved in reform. We are definitely in a new paradigm.

— Noelle Crombie
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