Personal Essay

(Re)Introducing Ask CannaQueen!

Well, it is official - CannaQueen Consulting is no more. After two years of dedicating myself to the cannabis industry as an advocate and consultant, it is time to say goodbye. I am not unique in this pandemic, I have watched countless friends lose their jobs, businesses, and long term contracts in 2020.

CannaQueen Consulting was in many ways a product of her time. Legalization and my medical cannabis history allowed me to combine my passion with my livelihood. I blogged about medical cannabis, wrote for some great publications, and helped cannabis brands find their voice through the power of content.

Unfortunately COVID19 came for all industries, even our close-knit cannabis community. The worst day for me personally, was in March when I lost all my recurring income in one single day. Luckily, a life full of chronic health struggles have made me incredibly resilient and resourceful. So it is with a renewed purpose and a full heart that I have separated my blog and my professional services.

The truth is, I don't need a business to be a badass entreprenuer! I will continue to offer consulting services, using my 7 years experience in communications and marketing in a freelance capacity. Instead of focusing solely on the cannabis space, it is time to branch out and include other aspects of my expertise (Did you know I was an esthetician for TEN years and have extensive education in environmental sustainability?!)

Powerful women in weed (I'm looking at you Rachel Colic, Gill Polard, and Tabitha Fritz) have taught me with their resilient entrepreneur spirits that, even though roles change, passion and commitment to the plant never does. I am still here for cannabis brands, publications, and PR agencies so reach out! www.ashleykeenan.ca

As for the blog component of my service....

*drum roll please*

It's a relaunch! Ask CannaQueen will be a cannabis and chronic illness lifestyle blog, independent of my paying gigs. In fact, I really think this will make the blog even stronger. Regardless of where my career takes me, Ask CannaQueen will remain here, where it belongs, to help patients, cannabis enthusiasts, and confused new consumers.

If you want to see something on the blog, let me know. You won't ever hear me claim to be an expert but I know quite a few! Medical cannabis is, and remains, a lifeline to so many chronic illness warriors. I will continue to do what I do best - smash stigma around what it means to be a cannabis patient and what it's like to be 'too young to be this sick'.

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