The Sweetleaf Collective began in 1996 in San Francisco, California, the birthplace of medical marijuana and the cannabis compassion movement. When they began, Sweetleaf provided cannabis to 5 AIDS patients. Now they provide free medical cannabis to more than 150 low income terminally ill patients. Sweetleaf remains committed to providing compassionate access to underserved communities. Sweetleaf delivered cannabis to these patients homes by bicycle, as many of them have mobility issues and are housebound. Joe Airone is the founder and director of the Sweetleaf Collective. He has been an activist in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, working with groups providing food to the elderly, shelter to the homeless, and cannabis to low income terminally ill people. He ran a community art center in San Francisco's Mission District for 5 years, creating a forum for artists, musicians and performers to practice and show their art free of charge. Joe also founded the Humanitarian Circus and has traveled all over the world making free circus shows for refugees and orphans in war zones and developing countries. His last mission was to the island of Lesbos where he performed for Syrian refugee children after they had made the harrowing journey from Turkey to Greece.
Low income HIV/AIDS and Cancer Patients can apply for our program by providing the following:
1- Letter of Diagnoses;
2-Current Doctor letter of Recommendation;
3-Proof of Low Income.
We currently serve over 150 patients. Applicants move from wait list when space becomes available. We believe in the overwhelming evidence of the medicinal properties of the cannabis plant, particularly in the case of terminal ill patients. Seeing the life changing, life saving effects this medicine has had directly on our patients keeps this project alive. We directly link compassionate farmers and providers with our patients and provide the link between industry excess and people in need. The more donations we have the more patients we can serve.