The Lansing State Journal’s Lucas Henkel has an excellent feature on DJ, event planner & cannabis educator Morgan Underwood aka Ganja Girl:
In 2016, eight years after Michigan legalized medical cannabis, Morgan Underwood was an undergraduate mathematics major at Michigan State University. She created a pop-up yoga studio at the school and collaborated with one of the city’s nearby medical cannabis dispensaries.
The pop-up was a significant catalyst for the Lansing native. That year, she became a licensed medical marijuana caregiver and devoted her free time to learning about and cultivating cannabis to better serve patients’ needs … While she enjoyed meeting and getting to know folks who benefited from cannabis’ medicinal properties, she realized being a caregiver wouldn’t be sustainable in the long run.
…After obtaining a marijuana event organizer license, she transitioned to cannabis event planning and established her company, Ganja Girl. She graduated from Our Academy’s mentorship program, a 15-week course that offers free workshops, compliance support and pro bono attorneys for independent cannabis entrepreneurs and social equity applicants who are people of color. With the knowledge and resources from the program, in addition to her experience working in the cannabis industry, Underwood became the first woman of color in the city of Lansing to hold a state-issued cannabis license in December 2021.
“Honestly, event planning is kind of in my blood. My mother is an event planner, and I would help her with some of her events,” Underwood said. “I love collaborating. If I’m not having an event, I’m at my friends’ events supporting them in whatever way I can. I want Lansing to have fun events so they don’t have to travel to places like Grand Rapids or Detroit.”
Underwood created Ganja Girl LLC to support cannabis users, especially those who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, by offering equitable opportunities and resources, encouraging community involvement and promoting freedom of cannabis use as a way of life. The company’s virtual events range from free workshops on topics like how to get a job in the cannabis industry, cultivation and harvesting to DJ livestreams that feature local musicians as well as Underwood herself.
PS: If you’d like to see her, she’ll be at the Michigan Gems n Genetics Festival in early June.