Sweetleaf Collective
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Sweetleaf Collective is exclusively a donation based charity organization. Since 1996, when the groundbreaking 215 proposition passed in California, we have been providing free medical cannabis to HIV/AIDS and Cancer patients by bicycle delivery in and around the Bay Area.

We currently serve over 150 patients.

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Our Services

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Low income HIV/AIDS and Cancer Patients can apply for our program by providing the follow:

1- Letter of Diagnose

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.

Thank you for all your help that you have given me while I try to get better control of my AIDS. Without your help I would not be here today
— Darrel Dion, current Sweetleaf Patient

Connecting donors

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. 


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The Sweetleaf Collective
can not provide free medical cannabis to terminally ill patients as of January 1st, 2018 because of the new California State cannabis regulations (Proposition 64).

Please sign our petition to tell the Governor of California to include provisions in the regulations protecting terminally ill patients and the compassion programs that keep them alive.

Link to the petition:




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"They used to get free or low-cost marijuana to help with their cancer. Not anymore", by Brad Branan

(…) Many compassionate care programs have closed, stopped providing cannabis or gone underground since Jan. 1, according to members of the California Compassion Coalition, which recently was formed to fight for change in state laws and regulations.

“What is holding us back is the current taxation on donated medicine,” said Josef Airone of Sweetleaf Collective, which treats Bay Area AIDS and cancer patients. “We gave away approximately 120 pounds of cannabis last year. To do that this year, we will need to pay $200,000 In taxes. This is not feasible.”…

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FORBES, JANuary 2018

"California's New Cannabis Laws Squeeze Out Compassionate Care Programs", by Mary Carreon

January's been an eventful month in California. New Year's Day saw the implementation of the long-awaited Medicinal And Adult-Use Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act (MAUCRSA), allowing Californians over the age of 21 to legally buy pot for recreational use. But a sense of chaos looms over the nascent industry. The onset of these complex rules has hurled businesses into a world of growing pains, and it's also taking a toll on medical marijuana patients -- the people the cannabis legalization movement was originally built on…

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"Bay Area Cannasseur: For collective, legal pot could put wrinkle in free program", by Sari Staver

More than 150 low-income, terminally ill people in the Bay Area could lose their supply of free cannabis under new government regulations that have not carved out rules enabling collectives to donate pot to medical cannabis patients.

For the past two decades, longtime activist Joe Airone has been distributing fresh flowers to patients in the Bay Area, including many gay men diagnosed with HIV or cancer.

Airone, 41, a straight ally, launched Sweetleaf Collective in 1996 after Proposition 215 legalized medical marijuana, with pot donated from growers in Humboldt County. He asked farmers to donate the "shake," or trim, from their plants to people in need…



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Sweetleaf Collective

77 Van Ness #1305

San Francisco, CA 94102