The Girl Talk: Free the Weed Show

The Girl Talk

The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women you should know. Each month, we tackle an issue facing our city, state and country and learn from the women working to make things better.

Free the Weed

Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana, and Illinois is on a path toward legalization.

After many decades of backwards, racist policy when it comes to weed, the day is finally near--recreational marijuana looks to be well on its way to legalization here in Illinois at last. So we’re gathering two of the women leading the way to give us the inside dope: What does it mean? How will legalization be implemented to ensure the communities that were impacted the most by the War on Drugs get a shot at the opportunities at prosperity that will come from legalization? And when can we start legally enjoying the fruits of their labor?

This month, The Girl Talk will take a deep dive into these issues and more and talk to experts who have been working both on the legislative side and the medical side of the issue. Join us as we learn more about the prospects for legal weed in Illinois.

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About our guests

Edie Moore is one of the original owners of the only minority-owned firm, Illinois Grown Medicine, to receive cannabis licensure in Illinois in 2014. Working primarily on the compliance and community engagement teams, she has since expanded to advise firms locally and in and other markets who are seeking licensure.

Recognizing that opportunities for success in the national cannabis community were overwhelming to many of her friends and colleagues, she looked for a way to break down the content and entry points into more manageable opportunities. In 2017 she, along with her filmmaker son, received a Chicago Community Trust Acting up Grant to produce their Cannabis on the Table microfilm series, Humans of Cannabis, which features people of color who are medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

Edie is passionate about educating and reforming cannabis policies in her communities. To that end, she is a founding board member and Executive Director of Chicago NORML, a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The chapter, which was organized in 2017, has a mission to educate and motivate communities of color to destigmatize and accept the cannabis plant as a vehicle for political, economic, and health & wellness empowerment. Edie and Chicago NORML have been actively working with Illinois legislators to create the social equity provisions of the pending adult-use cannabis bill. They frequently lobby at state capitols across the country and in Washington DC for the reformation of cannabis laws.

“The miseducation and underrepresentation of people who look like us and live near us is the main reason we started our chapter. I got sick and tired of hearing decades-old rhetoric and ideas about cannabis from our communities. The war on drugs has also taken a toll on our awareness & sensibilities. Others, who were woke and interested, simply didn’t know where to start making connections, whether they were social, medicinal or business related. It needed to change.”

Chicago NORML’s 4 pillars, Advocacy, Social Justice, Industry & Culture, and Patient Education leads them to focus on WORK; cannabis industry workforce training, exposing unfair workplace drug testing policies for cannabis patients, and records expungement for cannabis arrests so that “offenders” will be eligible to find employment in cannabis businesses.

Rita J. McGuire, M.D. affectionately known as Dr. Rita, is a globally recognized OB/GYN with over eight thousand deliveries throughout a 30-year career within the United States, Virgin Islands and Caribbean. She is a well-established medical professional serving as Medical Director and Attending Physician for prominent academic and community hospitals throughout the Midwest and Caribbean, providing effective patient care and innovative training techniques to medical students.

As a compassionate and people-oriented motivational speaker, Holistic Health, Wellness & Fitness expert, Dr. Rita used her gifts to educate and empower women to pursue and maintain healthy lifestyles through proper nutrition, physical fitness and natural alternative medicine in South Africa, Mexico, Bahamas and across the United States.

Dr. Rita, a four-time medical cannabis radio show spotlight guest (WVON Chicago and Bermuda radio) is a strong and dedicated advocate for the education and legalization of medical cannabis. Her pursuit of holistic and alternative medicine led her to become Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the only African American female owned Hemp company in Illinois and as a certifying Medical Marijuana physician, where she has presented educational information to medical professionals and the general public on the use of cannabis for various health issues: Glaucoma, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer.

Dr. Rita’s passion, drive and dedication is evident in her extensive research and application of knowledge throughout her medical and wellness practices.



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