Emerald Aims to Uplift LGBTQIA+ Cannabis Business

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Emerald Aims to Uplift LGBTQIA+ Cannabis Business

LGBTQIA+ Have Been at the Forefront of Cannabis Legalization


In an effort to raise awareness and spotlight communities most affected by the War on Drugs—Emerald is expanding its Conscious Consumption series to include a list of 100+ LGBTQIA+-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now. 

The list—which will be released later this July—includes ancillary and plant-touching operations, ranging from retail to media services. This is an on-going list that will be constantly updated, so if you or someone you know would like to be included, please reach out  at info@TheEmeraldMagazine.com.

The LGBTQIA+ community and cannabis have had a long, intertwined history. During the HIV/AIDS crisis, LGBTQIA+ were disproportionately affected. Due to the lack of knowledge of the disease, doctors would write prescriptions for medicine that would sometimes be as harmful on the body as the condition itself. Realizing the harmful effect of these prescription drugs, those with HIV turned to cannabis to help alleviate pain, nausea and more symptoms. 

Dennis Peron, a self-proclaimed gay hippy, was at the forefront of the cannabis legalization movement in California, which earned him the title of “The Father of Medical Cannabis.” Although his fight started before the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Peron realized the need for alternative treatment to treat side effects such as nausea, pain, headaches, depression and other symptoms associated with HIV—so he created the Cannabis Buyers Club, located in San Francisco. Then, in 1996 he co-wrote Proposition 215, which officially legalized medical cannabis in California.

According to High Times, LGBTQIA+ people use cannabis at higher rates than heterosexual people. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are more prone to mental health struggles such as anxiety and depression, so they turn to cannabis for treatment. With the combined physical and mental benefits cannabis has to offer, LGBTQIA+ people may find solitude in the plant’s medical benefits. 


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