Jennifer Shepherd, known affectionately in Las Vegas as Nurse Jen, may have been destined to work with cannabis. As a young girl, she played in the laundry room where her father cultivated her. As a 16-year-old student athlete with congenital hip dysplasia, she began to experiment with it for pain relief.
Later, as a nurse, she and her patients became increasingly frustrated with Western medicine. She began to learn about cannabis and moved to Colorado once drug sales began. There, she heard about Las Vegas’ potential as a marijuana mecca, motivating her to write a business proposal and move west. She began counseling patients in Vegas on the best way to incorporate medical marijuana into their existing treatment.
Shepherd has professional healthcare experience to complement his nearly 20 years of marijuana education. “If you go to a clinic for something because you can’t sleep or it’s in pain, they can help you,” she says. “If you have a complete list of medications and you are not sure [how to use them with marijuana], this is where I help.
Shepherd may be one of the few registered nurses on the market, but she is far from the only one representing the female population. She regularly meets other local women also working in the cannabis field and remains impressed with their representation. “I have been fortunate to be surrounded by empowering women in this industry,” she says. “A lot of women are higher in business. I’ve never seen anything like it.