Nikki Furrer’s venture into green ganja pastures has been a winding one. The attorney turned cannabis consultant is coming to Phoenix to discuss her journey and sign copies of her book, A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis: Using Marijuana to Feel Better, Look Better, Sleep Better — and Get High Like a Lady.
“I went to law school, and then I took the Bar and worked in New York for a few years in publishing. From there, I went back to St. Louis and opened up an independent bookstore. When I ran out of money with the bookstore and closed it, I was like ‘I don’t know what to do with myself,'” said Furrer in an interview with Phoenix New Times. I just wanted a break and longed for something new, so I moved to Denver — to the mountains — to work in weed.”
Furrer quickly picked up on the ins and outs of the burgeoning industry, working with various cultivation facilities and dispensaries. “I wondered to myself, ‘How do you grow 10,000 plants at once and how do you sell $10,000 worth of weed a day? It helped me get the lay of the land.”
When Illinois legalized medical marijuana in 2013, Furrer packed her bags and headed to the Prairie State to be closer to her St. Louis home.
“It’s neat to see a new industry; it’s like the internet boom of the ’90s. Being from St. Louis, where they’re very proud of their beer, people are still writing books about what it was like in the years after Prohibition when everything got up and running again,” Furrer continues.
And people are still writing books about cannabis, clearly. Furrer’s book, released on Christmas last year, covers topics including how to navigate a typical dispensary, how to reduce pain with topicals, and the difference between THC, CBD, and terpenes — plus 20 dank recipes utilizing flower, wax, and shatter.
Furrer will be at Urban Farm on November 16 to sign her book and talk Mary Jane.
“I went into my local dispensary one day to shop and was talking to a budtender about the book, and this other customer got so furious at me because the book was about women. I was like, ‘Okay, say the word menopause.’ He says, ‘No, I won’t do it.’ And I was like, ‘That’s why we need the