Joe Airone, who goes by Sweetleaf Joe, has been in the business of compassionate cannabis since 1996. As founder of Sweetleaf Collective, a donation-based charity organization based in San Francisco, Airone has dedicated his life to providing low-income terminally ill patients with free medical cannabis — no strings attached. 

When Airone founded Sweetleaf Collective, it offered five AIDS patients access to the plant. Now it provides cannabis to 150 patients with AIDS, cancer, and other illnesses, and has given away over $2 million worth of compassionate cannabis in the past two decades. Airone and his team deliver cannabis via bicycle directly to the homes of these patients, many of whom are housebound. 

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