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Green Queen with Natasha Raey

A serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Natasha Raey’s primary work focuses include: healthcare, women’s empowerment and medical marijuana. She founded Cadence Health Centre, a multidisciplinary health centre and pharmacy located in downtown Toronto.

As the co-founder of SheTalks Global, Natasha spearheaded the creation of this movement that has created a platform for real women to share their raw, authentic stories. Natasha is also involved as a team member and partner in a handful of medical marijuana companies in Canada and we're proud to highlight this badass woman in Cannabis for our Green Queen series.

Why cannabis?

Advocating for freedom of cannabis use has been a longtime passion of mine. We live in a world where alcohol is revered and cannabis is stigmatized, and it doesn't take a genius to know how backwards this thinking is. While Canada has federally legalized this plant, we still have so far to go in terms of breaking stigmas and creating a cannabis industry that is free and open. We also need to keep fighting for federal legalization with our neighbors to the south. The war on drugs has been a failure and now is the time to start making the world right again. And cannabis is the way.

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about creating. Businesses, content, recipes, you name it. I have such a strong creative streak that I'm always looking for outlets to release it. Building something from scratch is what makes me the happiest. I take pride in doing things differently and making an impact on the world around me. I'm also passionate about my circle. From my family to my closest friends, I'm so lucky to be surrounded by a tribe that has made me who I am today, and continuing to make them proud is my passion.

What does authenticity mean to you?

Authenticity is showing our true selves. And that means the beautiful and the ugly parts. We live in a world now more than ever where social media is often one of the first impressions we have of someone. And social media is almost always the "highlight reel" of our lives. Authenticity means allowing your ugly sides to show and owning it. And not changing who you are to fit someone else's idea of who you should be.

What makes you authentic?

Honestly, I've tried to live my life in the most authentic way possible. None of us know how long we have on this earth, so it's SO important that we do what makes us happy. And that means taking risks that other people may have thought were crazy, and being assertive about my boundaries. I try to be as authentic as possible with my public facing image. I try to be honest about my hard days. I get depressed and have terrible anxiety some days. But I allow those pieces of my life to be public. Hiding our weaknesses doesn't make us stronger.

What is your mission in life?

To create beauty and make people smile.

Anything special that you want to share?

Being a woman in the cannabis industry at this point in history is something I never dreamed would be a part of my life. I'm so proud to be on this journey with all of you. xo