If you use cannabis legally, it’s important to know how the gay community played a large role in your ability to access medical and recreational cannabis. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s cannabis was one of the few medicines that helped the young men dying of AIDS. These men helped shape the beginnings of the medicinal marijuana movement along with other people such as ‘Brownie Mary’ Jane Rathburn, a hospital volunteer who distributed medicated brownies to AIDS patients who were literally wasting away – and yes, she was arrested for helping them. It was this movement propelled forward in the SF scene that led to Prop 215, the US’s first law allowing for medical cannabis in 1996. Today in the US we stand at 26 states that have legalized the right for citizens to access medicinal cannabis, in varying forms, but legal nonetheless. It’s the LGBT community we have to thank.
June is the month so many of us take part in Gay Pride not only in SF but across the country.
We stand with and support the LGBT community during their celebrations.
Happy Gay Pride to All!