Throughout June, Californians can buy cannabis-injected gummies that look and taste like rainbow sorbet. When they do so, the San Mateo-based food company PLUS Non-profit It defends transgender and gender imprisoned people.
Customers who purchased luxury joints or cannabis flowers from Venice-based Stone Road this month LGBTQ Free FundCovers LGBTQ bail.
And about all the limited edition cans of cannabis-injected blueberry mint acai sparkling elixir sold this month by Los Angeles-based nonprofit ReCreate. California equality You can get one dollar.
Companies in all areas are increasingly marketing products that celebrate Pride Month, and cannabis companies are no exception.
However, there is a deep connection between the cannabis industry and the LGBT community, and long-time activists want to stay on the front lines and stay in the center even after the rainbow label disappears from this year’s product line.
Michael Korn, 75, of San Francisco, who has been fighting for citizenship for LGBTQ people and cannabis consumers since being diagnosed with HIV in 1985, said, “The origin of the cannabis movement, Homosexuals served at the center of it. “
Mr. Korn said he is still fighting for both causes that he has in mind, but is ready to hand over the torch to a new generation of activists. And he feels optimistic, based on the work he and others started shortly after the first AIDS case 40 years ago was reported on Saturday, June 5, 1981. I’ve seen enough that they feel optimistic.
While the recently legalized industry recognizes the debt owed to LGBTQ activists, it actively promotes greater fairness and representation of the diverse communities of California’s licensed cannabis sector. Many cannabis companies say they keep in mind.
Laura Michelson, a spokeswoman for PLUS, said: “There are many opportunities to fix it more quickly.”
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana 25 years ago. But Korn’s husband, San Francisco-based David Goldman, 70, said, “If it hadn’t been for gay people, the 1996 ballot wouldn’t have medical cannabis.” Was.
The link between the two counterculture movements dates back decades, and major activists have long defended civil rights and greater acceptance of both communities.
In 1978, San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk, the country’s first publicly elected gay man, was arrested and arrested by local law enforcement agencies for growing, distributing, and possessing marijuana. It passed a proposal urging the prosecution to stop. It is considered the first marijuana non-criminalization bill passed in the United States.
But it was a federal law amendment more than a decade later that Goldman said he actually helped drive cannabis activity from the LGBTQ community and its allies.
Under a research drug program set up by the Carter administration, people were able to apply for cannabis from the University of Mississippi for their medical condition. The University of Mississippi was approved by the federal government to grow marijuana for research. The only place. And when AIDS spread in the 1980s, patients yelled out to get cannabis through federal programs.
“Cannabis that’s all All of them practiced it to combat nausea, anxiety and pain, “Goldman said.
Kane saw its effectiveness first hand.
In 1985, his boyfriend was diagnosed with AIDS. Korn said he saw how cannabis helped his partner reduce his diet and improve his quality of life, and witnessed his death just a few months later.
After testing positive for HIV, Koehn participated in a study in San Francisco and took a powerful laboratory drug three times a day. He was working as a gardener in the city’s park department at the time, saying that cannabis helped relieve nausea and fatigue.
“I was able to spend the day thanks to cannabis, so I was able to go to work.”
Recognizing its effectiveness, the Federal Pharmacy approved the use of marinol, a prescription drug containing synthetic THC, the most known cannabis chemical for psychomodulatory effects, in 1991 to reduce AIDS-related weight loss. Approved to treat appetite stimuli in affected patients. That same year, the federal government stopped getting AIDS patients to get cannabis from the University of Mississippi and instead instructed doctors to write a prescription for Malinol.
According to Goldman, the problem is that other chemicals in cannabis not only reduce the discomfort caused by THC, but also reduce inflammation, relieve anxiety, and treat AIDS and illness. It is meant to help treat other conditions caused by.
As the only legitimate option for whole-plant cannabis was cut off, AIDS activists began heading out to the streets of San Francisco to promote access to medical marijuana, especially in California.
Around the same time, Dennis Peron began advocating access to medical marijuana.
Peron was a milk friend who had been active in both the gay and underground cannabis communities of San Francisco for years. However, after being arrested by the San Francisco Police Department for using marijuana at home for a partner who died of AIDS in 1990, Peron decided to fight to change California law.
He helped San Francisco pass Proposal P in 1991, allowing city doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients. Then, in 1994, hospital volunteer Mary Jane Rasbun became known as Brownie Mary because she distributed cannabis-injected brownies to AIDS patients. The first medical marijuana pharmacy. And in 1996, Peron co-authored Proposition 215, which legalizes medical marijuana in California.
There were pros and cons among supporters of Proposal 215, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2016. Peron, who died of lung cancer in 2018, said that cannabis consumption was all for medical purposes and the law was too strict. I didn’t support the bill because I was thinking. It’s in favor of corporate cannabis.
However, Proposal 64 has launched California’s regulated cannabis industry and is leading a new generation of leaders who are still fighting in parallel for LGBTQ and the cannabis community.
Rex Corwin grew up in New York City at the age of just a few when California legalized medical marijuana.
After he began to get into trouble when he was a teenager, his parents sent him to a rural farm school in Vermont, where he learned to love farming. Corwin and his friends planted the first cannabis plant on a land owned by a 93-year-old woman named Edith, near her parents’ home in Connecticut. She lived on Stone Road.
When Corwin graduated from high school, Pew Research Center data show that less than half of Americans favored gay marriage and legal cannabis. Today, both are endorsed by about two-thirds of Americans. And 28-year-old Corwin now owns the Stone Road Cannabis Company in Venice, selling carefully selected joints, cannabis flowers and concentrates nationwide.
The company’s popular Instagram feed regularly features hashtags such as LGBTQ artist works, queer images, and #gayistheway.
“I’m gay and many of my friends are gay creators, so it’s easy to get a little different work and content, of course,” he said.
Stone Road products are also sold in places like Oklahoma. Corwin says he knows that such an image may be unacceptable. He remembered losing 250 followers in a day after posting a photo with a partially dressed, very hairy man. But he said, “If the work is good and the image makes you think, in the end we did our job. And you don’t have to love it.”
Corwin said the cannabis and LGBTQ communities have a good alliance. Cannabis culture also incorporates words from the LGBTQ community. By “getting out of the green closet,” you can tell your family and friends that you are a cannabis consumer or that you work in the industry.
The LGBTQ community also widely supports cannabis legalization. That’s because it is understood that all communities left out of society have been unfairly damaged by the drug war, said Samuel Garrett-Pate, a spokesman for Equality California. He is especially true for LGBTQ people of color, such as black trans women.
Like many sectors built primarily by communities left out of society, regulated cannabis is still dominated by straight, white cisgender men. However, according to Corwin, there are more LGBTQ people in the industry. And since the killing of George Floyd triggered a call for social justice and a call for more representatives of queer people, women and people of all levels in the industry, it’s been a big impetus, especially in the past year. He said there was.
Regarding the explosive growth of Pride Month promotions, Garrett Pate said the cannabis industry has long supported the LGBTQ community all year round, but much of that support is due to federal law banning cannabis. He said it’s exciting to see public support from businesses now, as it has been quiet for years.
“It’s important to give back to the community that has helped pave the way for legalization,” he said.
However, as cannabis continues to be criminalized at the federal level, partnerships between cannabis companies and nonprofits that support the LGBTQ community are still “very complex,” Garrett Pate said.
For example, a nonprofit organization that PLUS chose to support during last year’s Pride Month is new to accept $ 60,000 raised by a grocery company to help LGBTQ nightlife workers set aside by a pandemic. I had to find a financial sponsor. This was because the original sponsor was partially dependent on federal grants that could have been at risk if tied to donations from a cannabis company.
Corwin is sometimes fed up with how businesses use Pride Month to promote their products, and apparently wants to leverage the $ 1 trillion annual purchasing power of the US LGBTQ community and its ally, the larger community. ing.
“If consumers want to help queer people, they should support companies that are profitable and do a good job all year round,” Corwin said.
But Goldman said he was pleased to see the flood of support, even if the intention was purely commercial.
“I think it’s good for businesses to support our civil rights now,” he said. “That means we’re integrated into society, and one day it doesn’t matter if you’re gay or not. It’s okay if you’re kind.”
Of course, some members of each community oppose linking to other movements.
There are members of the LGBTQ movement who oppose legal cannabis and do not want to link the homosexuality of the general public with the consumption of all kinds of drugs. There is also an accidental group of long-time marijuana farmers who tend to be more liberal and do not welcome LGBTQ colleagues.
But Goldman said he feels that the majority of people in both communities are embracing the other. And he’s the next step for both LGBTQ people and cannabis consumers. I feel a strong unity about the need for advocacy.
After all, he said he couldn’t pass one civil rights law and claim victory.
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