As the first openly gay man elected to public office in California, Harvey Milk was, and continues to be decades after his death, one of the most important figures in LGBTQ+ history.

He made contributions to the gay rights movement through activism, advocacy, and public service. They were pivotal, but perhaps even more valuable is his enduring and resonant message for queer people to own their identities and take the societal space they deserve.

Since the two groups have fought for ideals, equity, and acceptance, it should come as no surprise that there are deep ties between the LGBTQ+ and cannabis communities. So while 4/20 will continue to be the highest of holidays for cannabis lovers, Harvey Milk Day (May 22) is another reason to pause and be grateful for the plant and Milk’s…

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