November 15, 2012
Dope Dealer’s Donations: A Short Story Of Contribution
Puff, puff, and pass it on… The good fortune, that is.
The Robin Hood meets George Jung of modern day New York is here to make a statement-an anonymous one. He’s turning his bud into benefits for New York’s Hurricane Sandy victims.
“Look, there are probably some people down there [in the Rockaways] who want some marijuana — but that’s not going to clothe and feed them,” he said. “So in order for me to help, I needed to turn what I do into something concrete that I could give to them.”
Let’s rewind a bit.
Hurricane Sandy made landfall just south of Atlantic City, N.J., around 8 p.m. October 29, 2012, and brought with her 15-foot storm surges, 90 mph winds, and nearly 3 feet of snow in some of the hardest hit areas.
With the high winds and hammering rains that lashed much of the eastern United States, there were blackouts from downed trees and flooding throughout the entire region. There were an estimated 2.5 million people without power in the New York metropolitan area alone.
She was also lethal leaving behind five dead in New York, including three children in Westchester County just north of New York City. Two people were also reported dead in New Jersey and one in Connecticut.
With the loss of power and vast damage to infrastructure some people were without the basic necessities for quite a while.
Cue the Red Cross. No, wait; cue the compassionate weed dealer.
An anonymous marijuana dealer in New York vowed to donate half of his earnings for two days, and raised a substantial $700, according to the Huffington Post.
Aside from his reefer riches, this guy reported that he’d been putting his boots to the pavement to transport relief goods around south Brooklyn and Queens. These goods weren’t meant to provide the same relief as his traditional product, but the guy’s obviously got a big heart, drugs or not.
Here’s a little bit of what the dealer had to say, “Yes, I made a little extra money for myself those two days, but [my clients] are getting something they’d already get anyway. I was going to work regardless, and now I felt like I was doing it with purpose … I’m not doing what I do in order to get rich or create some super marijuana empire. I’m trying to help, and this is my job.”
Imagine that. A dope dealer, who’d otherwise be considered a criminal, decided to do something good with his “trade”, if you can call it that, and helped procure diapers, formula, clean water, and fresh hot meals for people in his community-strangers, no less.
I’m not advocating drug use, or money laundering by any stretch of the imagination; that is illegal and immoral, but with the recent headlines of Colorado and Washington legalizing the la la, I figured this story was plenty relevant, and would make for a good laugh if nothing else.
“For those who’d like to aide in Sandy’s aftermath, there are plenty of options. People across New York and New Jersey still need supplies, and The Huffington Post has compiled a list of drop-off centers and charities for anyone who wants to assist. Click here for a (legally sound) list of charity options.”
Even if you don’t sell sticky icky, you can do your part to help people in need.
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