LGBTQ Archives - Green Market Report

Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonJune 16, 2020
Pride.jpg

6min4590

The shared history between cannabis and the LGBTQ+ community is long, including the landmark moment when HIV/AIDS activists pushed through medical marijuana legalization in California in 1996. There is a commonality of lived experience as well. As articulated by Laila Makled and Caroline Phillips in an April 2019 article for The Washington Blade, “Both cannabis and LGBTQIA community have lived on the fringes of society for decades, navigating a country where their acceptance was, and often still is, hard to attain.” 

Several cannabis companies are stepping up to support and commemorate Pride month. In addition to donating $15,000 to GLAAD for Pride month, edibles brand Kiva Confections has re-released their tropical-flavored Proud Camino gummies. San Francisco-based company SPARC has launched its exclusive Unicorn OG cartridge, and is donating $1 per sale to the GLBT Historical Society. Peak Extracts is offering a Pride promo with 10% off of their entire line of tinctures and topicals, and purchases of Aster Farms’ limited edition Rainbow Chip Pre-Rolls and a Coolhaus pint will benefit Los Angeles based LGBTQ+ charities. 

But Pride month is not happening in a vacuum. We are in the midst not only of a global pandemic, but a global uprising of citizens in the face of systemic racism and police brutality against Black people.  Though many cannabis companies have made strong gestures of solidarity with the fight for racial equality during Pride month, such as Envy CBD which posted a “How to Support Your Community” primer on its website, few are stepping up on the monetary end, at least not yet.

Black communities have long been disproportionately affected by the criminalization of marijuana (as reflected in this report published by the ACLU), and black trans women of color are even more vulnerable to police brutality than their cisgender counterparts. “Trans people who have done street economy work are more than twice as likely to report physical assaults by police officers and four times as likely to report sexual assault by police” according to Blueprint for Equality, published by the National Center for Transgender Equality. In case you missed it, “street economy” includes the sale of marijuana in places where its recreational use is still a crime. 

Many Pride event organizers have offered to dedicate their marches and rallies to solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, such as the All Black Lives Matter march in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 14. The organizers made inclusivity an explicit theme of their protest, which helped to highlight the invisibilization of black trans people that occurs within the context of racial justice.

The annual Pridefest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was canceled altogether to center the concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement. With all of the crossover between cannabis, LGBTQ+ and Black communities, it seems a natural step that in addition to “sharing the mike” with Black voices, cannabis companies might be moved to share the spotlight and profits from their promotions as well. With two weeks left of Pride 2020, there’s still time. 

 

 

 


jetty.jpg

4min10420

Malibu, CA, June 18, 2018 /AxisWire/ America’s premiere dispensary, 99 High Tide in Malibu, California and Jetty Extracts have come together for the month of June to help support several LGBTQ+ Non profits for Gay Pride Month. “As proud supporters of the LGBTQ+ community and Gay Pride Month, we are honored to team up with Jetty Extracts to do something meaningful and helpful for those in need”.  Says actress, activist and 99 High Tide CEO, Yvonne DeLaRosa Green.

If you Purchase any Jetty Reckless Rainbow product, Jetty and PAX will make a donation to  LGBTQ+ nonprofits, such as Mr Friendly, a grassroots advocacy group fighting the stigma surrounding testing, treatment, and living with HIV with a message of love and inclusivity. “Our mermaids (Cannabis Consultants) are letting all of our patients know about this wonderful  opportunity to support this great cause” says 99 High Tide General Manager, Vanessa Rodriguez.  Jetty is also currently seeking applications from California-based LGBTQ+ advocacy groups looking to share in a portion of the proceeds @ jettyextracts.com.

In collaboration with dispensaries like 99 High Tide, Jetty Extract’s “Love More” initiative will also raise awareness of LGBTQ+ needs.  Jetty’s educator and staff training director, Luna Stower shared that “We love teaming up with dispensaries like 99 High Tide who are based on principles of genuine compassion and service and leading the movement in their communities.” says Stower.  “99 High Tide are in touch with the community and they are authentic; they are the folks doing it from their heart.”

Jetty Extracts knows about heart and compassion, since day one they have been active in helping those in need as well with programs such as The Shelter project which provides cancer patients clean and safe medicinal cannabis oil at no cost to the patient. “Its a symbiotic relationship” said 99 High Tide COO/Sam Boyer. “We choose to work with brands that care about people and our planet.” “As an industry based on healing, compassion and yes, love, it is critical that we consistently show up and stand up for the most vulnerable in our communities.  Those in the cannabis industry have a very precious opportunity to show other industries that one of the most important things we can do is to help others. ” Says DeLaRosa Green.

Media Inquiries:
Vanessa Rodriguez
415.407.8056/ HighSpirtsHealing@gmail.com
Source 99 High Tide Collective- Malibu, Calif.
Related links: www.99hightide.com www.jettyextracts.com



About Us

The Green Market Report focuses on the financial news of the rapidly growing cannabis industry. Our target approach filters out the daily noise and does a deep dive into the financial, business and economic side of the cannabis industry. Our team is cultivating the industry’s critical news into one source and providing open source insights and data analysis


READ MORE



Recent Tweets

Back to Top

You have Successfully Subscribed!