Almost since the moment of its founding, Women Grow has been one of the cannabis industry’s most important and powerful business networking organizations. Three years ago the group started with a handful of entrepreneurs in Denver. Now more than 1,500 members meet in 35 cities on the first Thursday of every month. The Women Grow Leadership Summit, held every February in Denver (this year’s event is Feb. 1-3), draws business leaders from all over the nation for a sold-out three-day conference at the city’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

Leafly spoke with a number of this year’s summit participants during a Thursday night gathering hosted by the advocacy group Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP). We asked each of our portrait subjects: “What’s your reason?” They could interpret the question however they liked. Here are a few of our favorite people, portraits, and answers.

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