Dennis Meehan, the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary in Gardiner, Maine, used a rather unusual method to encourage local residents to clean up the streets. He, together with several other marijuana growers, offered a gram of pot for every bag of trash collected from the city’s streets.
According to reports, “several dozen” participants took part in the action, which was carried out last Saturday. It also returned in over 100 bags of trash.
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Dennis Meehan and other members of his family run Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner. On Saturday, the medical marijuana dispensary rolled out the unusual program, which basically featured an exchange. Each bag of trash from the street equaled a gram of marijuana.
While the initiative drew the attention of “several dozen”, not all of them were attracted by the reward. According to a statement from Meehan, some people collected trash just to participate. When coming with the bags, some seemingly refused the free pot.
Meehan also stated that a gram of marijuana ‘isn’t too much”, and that most people had other reasons for participating in the cleanup. He considers that residents simply wanted to give a helping hand and that they joined because their care about their community.
“It’s really people coming together. It was a special thing to see people being selfless and giving their time on a really hot and sunny day,” stated Meehan.
The free marijuana for the initiative was supplied by other cannabis providers who agreed to participate. Meehan also declared that he informed the police chief and city officials about the event.
He also talked to the participants ahead of time and reminded them that using recreational marijuana in public is illegal. Meehan also underlined the fact that shouldn’t use the cannabis as they were collecting trash and in public.
Participants did not have to be licensed medical marijuana patients to receive the free gift. But as this was offered, not sold, and given to people over 21, it was not illegal.
Meehan states that he was inspired to create the event after finding out about a similar one in Colorado and seeing local students as they were cleaning up the community.
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