Giving Back from Ganja Profits: Industry Efforts Raise Thousands for Charity

Giving Back from Ganja Profits: Industry Efforts Raise Thousands for Charity

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Cannabis dispensaries have always worked to help the less fortunate in their communities, ever since the very first one opened its doors two decades ago.

Twenty years ago California’s Prop 215 effort — the very first successful statewide ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis — was spearheaded by progressive San Francisco communities dealing with the AIDS epidemic. A large ensemble of the Bay Area’s most visible dispensaries and brands joined together, for the fourth year running, to form Team Cannabis in the SF Aids Walk.

Despite having to duke it out with tech giants like Twitter and Google for a spot on the donation leaderboards, they’ve always held their own. In the past, the team has seen up to 160 walkers and up to 19 cannabis businesses and organizations have participated.

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