Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bay Area Dispensary Toy, Food, and Blood Drives in Full Swing

By David Downs
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Outside the Bay Area, medical cannabis dispensaries regularly run into resistance when they try to donate toys or food this time of year. Some groups don't want charity from dispensaries, which is crazy to us. A toy is a toy, food is food.

But we're happy to live in the Bay, where San Francisco delivery-only dispensary The Green Cross teamed up this week with The Mix nightclub to host a holiday food and toy drive. Food donations will benefit SF Food Bank and all toy donations are provided to the SF Firefighters Toy Program, Green Cross tells us. (About one out of five children in the city by the Bay faces hunger.) So Green Cross members are encouraged drop off their donation at The Mix nightclub, located at 4086 18th in the Castro, or to pass along a toy or canned-food item to their delivery drivers, who will be running donations to the food bank and fire station.

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"We have selected two fantastic organizations that help families right here in San Francisco who are facing tough times this holiday season," said Kevin Reed, founder and president of The Green Cross.

All across the Bay, responsible collective operators are giving back:

Oakland's Harborside Health Center held a blood drive Dec. 3.

San Francisco's SPARC held a week-long diaper drive for the 10th and Mission Family Housing.

San Francisco's The Green Door works year-round with Black Rock Arts Foundation, Friends of the Urban Forest and Maitri AIDS Hospice.

And lots of dispensaries will offer price discounts this time of year. Purple Heart Patient Center took its top-shelf 1/8ths down to $50 December 5.

Even the newly legal medical cannabis state of Arizona is warming to the season of giving.

Dispensaries working with neighborhoods as community health centers are more likely to have mainstream allies when the forces of prohibition come a-knockin'. Check with your local dispensary to see how to chip in, and feel free to post other collective toy/food drives in the comments.

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