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Portraits of Medical Marijuana Users

Robyn Twomey is a freelance photographer based in San Francisco and also working out of Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Time, Fortune, New York Times Magazine, Wired and New York Magazine. In the fall of 2009, she was assigned by photo editor Scott Thode at Fortune Magazine to cover the medicinal marijuana gold rush in California for the article, Medical Marijuana’s High Society. While photographing behind the scenes at the dispensaries, she met 19 year old Jordan Mays. Jordan has a rare form of leukemia and a 50% chance of fighting it. Jordan revealed the heart of the medicinal marijuana movement, people who aren’t just looking for a good high, but actual patients whose lives are significantly improved with cannabis. Since then, she has photographed over 25 patients with an array of stories revealing a diverse group of physical and mental health patients that rely on cannabis versus prescription medication, despite the societal stigma and frail legality. Recent exhibitions have included the 2010 San Francisco Arts Commission Chain Reaction show and a solo show in 2009 at The Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco. She was an honorable mention winner in the 2010 PDN Photo Annual and also selected for the American Photography 26 online gallery.