Melissa Etheridge is an iconic figure in music: two-time Grammy-award winner, Academy-Award winner, and immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Away from the microphone, Etheridge is equally well-known as an iconic figure in LGBTQ communities worldwide for her public advocacy for same-sex rights.
After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the early 2000’s, Etheridge turned to medical cannabis – not usually a regular user, treating the symptoms of cancer treatments was her gateway to cannabis discovery. Following her own personal successful experience with cannabis, she has been using her platform to advocate for medical patients’ rights, normalizing responsible cannabis use, and the social justice of cannabis reform.
In this interview, host Eli Harrington and Melissa Etheridge discussed her work in advocacy, her recent arrest in North Dakota and what it shows about the practical state of cannabis legality and access in different parts of the country. For more, listen to the original Vermontijuana interview with Etheridge from November 2015.
This episode of the Vermontijuana Podcast was sponsored by Heady Vermont and the Vermont Holiday Hemp Market, taking place in Burlington, Vermont on Sunday, December 10 from 12:00 – 4:00pm at the Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall. More information, including remaining vending/sponsorship spots online here.
Melissa Etheridge will be performing in Burlington on Sunday, December 3, at 8:00pm at the Flynn Theater. Find tickets online here.