Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Cheyenne Varner came to Richmond, VA in 2009 to attend the University of Richmond. Always interested in advocacy and issues of justice, Cheyenne spent her undergraduate years studying the modern day slave trade and creating an educational curriculum for high school students that taught not only what modern day slavery was, but how it touches our lives through the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and more. After college, Cheyenne spent three years working for a nonprofit in Richmond's East End. In various capacities, she offered communications support, graphic design, photography, and engaged with students to support their educational, mental, and emotional well-being in classroom and one-on-one settings. In 2016, within weeks of learning about the high rates of trauma and mortality experienced by Black parents in the U.S., she trained as a birth doula and began connecting with families and attending births in hospitals and birth centers. Today, Cheyenne continues to offer graphic design, photography, writing, and professional birth and postpartum doula services. In a world where we are often encouraged to "pick a lane" and stay there, Cheyenne feels strongly that it makes more sense to be mindful of how all our passions, joys, challenges, and systemic barriers overlap and interact. We can't do all things, but we can do more than we're told. Marijuana Justice is important to Cheyenne because the legacy of the War on Drugs is intergenerational and communities-wide. What a few men planned to tear down, many people can certainly rebuild taller and stronger than ever.