Josef Airone is the founder and director of the Sweetleaf Collective, California’s second oldest medical marijuana project. Which has been providing free medical cannabis to low income terminally ill patients since 1996.
Sweetleaf is one of the oldest medical marijuana groups in the world. They serve about 150 low income HIV/AIDS and cancer patients in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles. The collective has helped facilitate the legal distribution of thousands of pounds of medical cannabis, since the project began. For more than 20 years they have bike delivered cannabis to their sick patients.
This year the Sweetleaf Collective worked in collaboration with other cannabis compassion programs to address issues in California’s newly minted recreational laws. Compassion programs are being taxed for giving away cannabis. This has effectively shut down cannabis compassion in California.
The collective efforts of these compassion programs pushed a bill all the way to the desk of the governor with an incredible bi partisan support of almost ninety percent of the assembly and senate. Sadly, the governor vetoed the bill. It is a very difficult time for compassionate cannabis in California.
The legalization movement was founded on compassion with prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act. Compassionate cannabis is cannabis given away free of charge to those who need it most. Dennis Perrone and Brownie Mary began the legalization movement by giving away cannabis to low income AIDS patients in San Francisco and fighting for the right to do so.
Sweetleaf is committed to continuing this legacy of compassion. Join us in our efforts to help those who need it most.