Brownie Mary Day

Sun, August 25, 2019, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join us at the Museum for complimentary (cannabis-free) brownies to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Brownie Mary Day! Available while supplies last.

Who is Brownie Mary?
In the 1970s, Mary Jane Rathbun began selling cannabis-laced brownies on the streets of the Castro in San Francisco. In 1981, she was arrested and sentenced to community service, and through her work, she became aware of the first San Francisco AIDS cases. She cared for many patients, dubbed her “kids,” and dedicated her time to baking cannabis brownies to help counteract patients’ nausea.

What is Brownie Mary Day?
In 1992, Rathbun was arrested at her home in Cazadero while baking a batch of brownies for patients in S.F. General Hospital’s AIDS ward. Later that year, she testified before the S.F. Board of Supervisors about the medicinal benefits of cannabis, helping convince the Board to pass a resolution to let up on the arrests and inspiring them to declare August 25, 1992, “Brownie Mary Day.” Rathbun assisted with opening America’s first medical marijuana dispensary and with passing Proposition 215 in 1996, which made California the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Her work also inspired research into the effectiveness of medical marijuana on those with HIV and AIDS.

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