Buy This Dog’s Artwork, Get A Free Gift Of Weed

Buy This Dog’s Artwork, Get A Free Gift Of Weed

When the recreational possession and use of cannabis is legalized, but a regulated retail market is not, people are forced to think of creative ways to obtain and provide weed. In this case, though, the creativity comes from a cute canine named Sudo.

While a regulated recreational market has not been established in Washington D.C., the transfer of up to one-ounce of cannabis, from one of-age adult to another, is permitted. This hand-off is known as “gifting.” As a result, several creative businesses have popped up, operating in the grey area of the law, to meet the distribution needs for District residents.

In 2016, adults living in the nation’s capital could get free weed delivered with the purchase of fresh juice. Now, a pair of entrepreneurs have finally figured out what the people really want: to receive their free gift of cannabis by purchasing a painting made by an adorable Alaskan Klee Kai called Sudo.

Sudo District Derp

District Derp is the Washington D.C. brand that is marketing “exceptional art for elevated minds,” and providing cannabis gifts in the form of dried flower, edibles, and vape cartridges to adults who buy one of Sudo’s paintings. Identification is required to make a purchase if you want the free “token of appreciation,” but the artwork alone is also for sale to those under the age of 21 or anyone living outside of Washington D.C..

Artwork orders can either be picked up or delivered. There is a minimum purchase amount of $40 required for pickup orders, and $80 for delivery. Orders are placed through the brand’s website, and a user account must be set up first for identity verification purposes. Once the account is created, customers have access to the art gallery offerings and corresponding gifts. Assuring that customers are 21 or older, the team requires that the name on an order match the valid identification shown at the time of hand-off.

District Derp products

Rather than a menu, since District Derp is not a licensed dispensary, there is a “gift guide” which details the different kinds of appreciative tokens available at the time the painting is purchased.

Flower offerings on the gift guide include strains like Pink Cookies, Papaya Dream, and Big Mac 11. Tahoe OG, White Widow, and Skywalker OG are available in vape cartridges, and edibles include a variety of chocolates, gummies, and an oat bar ranging in potency from 20mg to 65mg.

The star of the edibles has to be the 100mg Atomic Derps, which are described as “a brownie of epic proportions” that include a “cookie layer topped with Oreos, brownies and chocolate ganache.”

District Derp Gift Guide
District Derp Gift Guide

The plants harvested to make the tokens of appreciation come from seeds provided by the brand owners that are cultivated off-site by a licensed-caregiver. The edibles are created by the team in their home with extensive product testing and sampling to ensure that the goods are customer-ready before they are ever given out.

District Derp strains

Overall, District Derp’s business model seems to value the important things when it comes to distributing cannabis. The brand’s website says that they focus on product quality and customer service. Most importantly, though, there is a cute dog who paints!

The brand also donates to charity. An appropriate choice, a portion of the revenue from selling Sudo’s paintings is donated to Homewards Trails Animal Rescue.

Due to the restrictions placed on nonessential businesses in Washington D.C., District Derp will remain closed until at least June 8. According to the brand’s website, they do plan to reopen when the stay-at-home orders are lifted.

How did Sudo learn to paint?

Sudo’s teammates say that it all started because she had a natural affinity for carrying sticks. She would often carry the stick of her choice, in her mouth, while on walks. Inspired by this, and a challenge from a friend, they created a special stick-like-prototype designed just for her. Sudo’s special doggy paintbrush is a “T-shaped brush that she can hold comfortably and naturally [to] look straight at the canvas while she paints.”

District Derp Washington DC
All images courtesy of District Derp.

Why doesn’t Washington D.C. have recreational dispensaries?

Voters in Washington D.C. overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71 in November of 2014, effectively ending the prohibition of marijuana in the nation’s capital. The measure did not, however, include a framework for licensing dispensaries or commercial cultivation centers. Despite efforts from local leaders, like city council members and even the mayor, Congress blocked cannabis dispensaries from being allowed in the District. The Congressional block remains in place until at least September of this year.

Medical marijuana is a different story in the District, however, as there are currently seven medical dispensaries open to serve registered patients. Medical dispensaries were deemed essential businesses and have remained operational during the stay-at-home orders of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conditions which qualify a person to apply for a medical marijuana card in Washington D.C. include:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)  
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)  
  • Glaucoma  
  • Conditions characterized by severe and persistent muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis

Certain cancer treatments also qualify a person for medical marijuana. These include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Use of azidothymidine or protease inhibitors  
  • Radiotherapy

Get a Free Weed “Gift” in Michigan

Get a Free Weed “Gift” in Michigan

Now that the recreational use and possession of cannabis is legal in Michigan, creative cannaprepreneurs are finding ways to fill the gap in the market. Residents in some areas can now order a t-shirt or a muffin and juice to receive a free “gift of weed” with their purchase.

On December 6, 2018, the adult use of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal in The Wolverine State. Any person 21 years of age or older is now able to use and possess up to 10 ounces of cannabis. Much like the situation in other states immediately following the implementation of a legalization amendment, the recreational retail shops have not opened doors yet because no licenses have been issued. The medical marijuana shops that are already operating are only permitted to sell to patients with a valid, state-issued registration card.

Where can recreational users find cannabis?

At this time, the only clear way under the new law for recreational users to obtain marijuana is by growing it themselves. Adults are permitted to cultivate up to 12 plants at home, but nothing growing just since legalization would be mature or ready to use yet.

Without recreational dispensaries for consumers to purchase products, at least a couple of people are operating businesses within the legal grey-area of the law. Like in other legal states, one adult is permitted to give another of-age-adult up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana as a gift in Michigan. This means that in order for it to be legal, there cannot be an exchange of money for marijuana. The law does not specifically state that a person cannot sell something else, like a t-shirt or snacks, and include a free gift of marijuana.

How do I order my free marijuana gift?

One of the businesses doing this in Detroit, On High Road, is offering a free gift of marijuana flower with the purchase of a muffin and juice for $55. If you spend $75 on cookies and milk, you get a one gram vape cartridge for free, as a gift. Another company, CannaMich, will sell customers a t-shirt for between $80-$340. The free marijuana gift you receive will depend on whether you order a “flower shirt,” a “concentrate shirt,” or a “cartridge shirt”.

For customers, the process is simple. You place your order online, and arrange either a delivery or pickup depending on the company from which you order. Both of these companies require proof of age.

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