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First-hand Witnesses Recount Role Weed Played During Monumental Era of LGBTQ History, Global Health, American Politics & Culture

October 22, 2019 GMT

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 22, 2019--

There was little certainty about anything related to the disease when the AIDS pandemic reached full swing in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But death soon after a diagnosis was universally considered a sure thing. Except for some.

Seemingly without explanation, thousands of individuals diagnosed in the early days of AIDS have been living healthy, happy lives for decades. How cannabis alleviated pain and other ailments for those who suffered through and eventually died is well documented. But its role in the health and happiness of long-term survivors is less known.

In conjunction with LGBTQ History Month, the Weedmaps Museum of Weed, will present Survival Stories: The Role Cannabis has Played in the Health and Happiness of Long Time HIV Survivors. This one-night only event will bring together individuals who were integral to the medical cannabis, AIDS and gay rights movements and those who were most impacted and lived to tell about it.

Among the panelists who will share (some for the first time) behind-the-scenes stories from the early days of AIDS/LGBTQ activism and the role cannabis plays in survivorship are John Entwistle Jr., co-founder of the first medical cannabis dispensary in the USA and head of the Dennis Peron Legacy Project; Paul Scott, former nurse, longtime activist and head of the LA Black LGBT Movement; and the Honorable Gabe Quinto, El Cerrito City Council member and former El Cerrito Mayor. The discussion will be moderated by Jai Rodriguez, best known as the culture guide on Bravo network’s Emmy-winning show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. This first of its kind event is presented by Weedmaps, in partnership with Equality California.

WHAT:Survival Stories: A Panel Discussion Exploring the Role Cannabis has Played (and Plays) in the Health and Happiness of Long Time HIV Survivors.



Weedmaps Museum of Weed located at 720 N. Cahuenga Blvd, LA, Calif. 90038




Wednesday, October 23, 2019




7:00 to 7:30pm

Reception/Networking/Museum Tours


7:30 to 8:45pm

Panel Discussion Begins


8:45 to 10:00pm

Reception/Networking/Museum Tours

Admission is free and includes free admission to the museum before or after the event. To RSVP visit: TheMuseumOfWeed.com.

About Weedmaps

Founded in 2008, Weedmaps is the leading technology and software infrastructure provider to the cannabis industry. Our suite of cloud-based software and data solutions includes point of sale, logistics and ordering solutions that enable customers to scale their businesses while complying with the complex and disparate regulations applicable to the cannabis industry.

In addition, our platform provides consumers with information regarding cannabis products across our web and mobile platforms, including listing local retailers and brands, facilitating product discovery and allowing consumers to educate themselves on cannabis and its history, uses and legal status. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Weedmaps has offices around the world, including Barcelona, Denver, New York, Phoenix and Toronto. Visit us at https://weedmaps.com.

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Travis Rexroad


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SOURCE: Weedmaps

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