Free joints for food donations

Dec. 30, 2010 at 4:00 AM

SOQUEL, Calif., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The owners of a California medical marijuana dispensary said they collected 11,000 pounds of food for charity by giving out free marijuana cigarettes.

Nancy Black and Phil Hicks, owners of the Granny Purps dispensary in Soquel, said they offered the complimentary joints, with a maximum four per day, to patients who brought four or more cans in to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank holiday food drive, the Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel reported Wednesday.

"We had experience with Second Harvest because my husband is a retired chiropractor, and we used to collect donations from his patients at his office," Black said. "We used to do some sort of incentive to encourage people to donate, and so we decided to do the same thing here to get momentum."

Black said the dispensary handed out 2,000 of the complimentary joints and collected 11,000 pounds of food for the drive.

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