HESPERIA — Businesswoman Arleen Curiel Casas is one of many female entrepreneurs helping to change the face of the growing cannabis industry.
Casas, 37, is the co-owner and president of the recently opened Medical Cannabis Educational Center, the first legal non-storefront medical cannabis delivery business located in Hesperia’s “green zone.”
“Being the first to open in the green zone was a total team effort by the entire MCEC staff,” said Casas, a communications major and graduate from California State University, Northridge. “We opened after we studied the market and understood the needs of those who need medical cannabis.”
Casas is one of many female trailblazers who’ve opened cannabis-based businesses in states where the plant has been legalized. She’s also part of a growing percentage of women holding upper-level positions in the cannabis industry.
Over the last three years, the number of female-run businesses in the industry has risen to nearly 40 percent, about 15