Pride month is here and what better way to celebrate than recognize those in the cannabis industry who have always acted with inclusivity at the forefront of their consciousness. These pioneers of marijuana have taken a budding hobby and made it into a viable enterprise for the masses to enjoy over the years. Regardless of what gender you identify with or sexual orientation, the cannabis industry has made a strong stance to declare that you shall never be discriminated against while enjoying their products. Let’s look at what sparked the cannabis industry to show such tremendous support towards the LGBTQ community and the celebrity brands that have helped to take the industry to new heights.
The LGBT Movements That Made The Cannabis Industry
One of the most cited example of support to the LGBTQ community that led to the construction of the industry built on the backbone of inclusivity were the efforts of
Peron, Rathbun, and their army of associates helped to legitimize medicinal marijuana for the masses and used the legalization to show to the world the effects of cannabis on desperately ill AIDS patients. In 1996, AIDS treatment was semi-successful at prolonging a person’s life, but at the cost of terrible side effects that decreased each patient’s quality of life. Marijuana was used to offset these side effects caused by the horrible cocktails that which were initially proving to be almost as deadly as the virus itself.
Celebrity Cannabis Brands That Support LGBT Rights
Cannabis brands have been listening to the LGBTQ community more in recent years as industry popularity continues to skyrocket. With the increasing success of the industry has come the construction of a number of cannabis companies that are led by prominent celebrity performers whose careers have been historically synonymous with marijuana in some way, shape or form such as:
Willie Nelson is a well-known proponent of pot, having said to be partaking in the herb
After achieving substantial success in his music career in the 60s and 70s, Nelson used his newfound celebrity status to focus on progressive causes such as cannabis legalization (of course), pacifism, renewable energy, and supporting LGBTQ rights. Nelson’s latest venture into the cannabis industry, Willie’s Reserve, embodies every part of the rocker’s story, focusing on the community aspect of inclusivity which is felt in his “my stash is your stash” tagline.
Whoopi Goldberg has had an extremely successful career having been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and is one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award (EGOT). In 1999, Whoopi also received the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vanguard Award for her continued work in supporting the gay and lesbian community, but this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Whoopi has done for the LGBTQ community.
Whoopi has been very loquacious about smoking pot recreationally for years, having had said that she
The incredibly talented and versatile Laganja Estranja is a certifiable triple threat. She has made a name for herself working as a choreographer, cannabis activist, and drag queen over the past decade. As a cannabis rights activist, Laganja has hosted conversations on cannabis legalization all over the world while also being featured twice in
Laganja works with the LGBTQ community to develop her lifestyle brand that includes pre-rolls, vegan dummies, and more. Her lifestyle brand includes a collaboration preroll joint with San Francisco’s The Hepburns, called LAhepburns, which is billed the first cannabis brand that specifically celebrates LGBTQ+ pride via its product portfolio.