It’s been argued that cannabis is medicinally beneficial for just about anyone who uses it, but one of weed’s greatest medical accomplishments has been how it saved the LGBT community from a severe AIDS epidemic. Many weed-lovers don’t even know or realize that the only reason California has medical marijuana in the first place is because of the gay community that hit the telephones and streets to help get medical marijuana here.

The AIDS epidemic in the 80s and 90s took so many friends and family from their loved ones. But thanks to a group of loud, proud and dedicated individuals, in 1996 California’s Compassionate Use Act was passed, and medical marijuana became legal. But in today’s weed society, the shoulders we stand on are often forgotten and left out. That’s why this week is ALL about pot, pride, and shining the light on our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. It’s because of HIV/AIDS that medical marijuana was even considered a viable medical form of treatment here in California.

Today we’re joined by Sabel Samone-Loreca, aka Lady Mocha, who is HIV Commissioner here in Los Angeles County. She joins us today to talk about being a proud transgender woman and why Prop 215 is so vital to her community. Remember to subscribe to The Weed Show to celebrate the rest of Pride Week with us!