What are the ways cannabis legalization helps the LGBT community? While it’s safe to say that weed can help many people, cannabis use has a variety of benefits that can be particularly helpful for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. Here’s how Mary Jane is an ally.
People who identify as LGBT are three times as likely as heterosexual and/or cisgender people to experience major depression. LGBT youths are four times as likely to attempt suicide or engage in acts of self-harm. Worldwide, between 32% and 50% of transgender people attempt suicide.
These high rates are mostly due to the discrimination and violence that LGBT people face every day. Especially after they come out. The most logical step to combat this would be to implement country-wide measures to protect these LGBT people, especially transgender people. But policy change requires an administration that genuinely cares about them.
In the meantime, cannabis has been shown to help alleviate depression. Although weed won’t eliminate anti-LGBT discrimination and violence, it can help people cope with the ramifications without being pushed to suicide.