Those spending Christmas Eve without a home in Denver, Colorado this year were treated to a gift, that could only be given in a handful of states, with the intention of spreading cheer and raising awareness.
Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can, a Denver nonprofit organization, lead the group of volunteers to hand out one-thousand free pre-rolled joints to the homeless. Dicenzo explained that the intention of this “Cannamas” was to raise awareness about homelessness, and encourage people to donate to the Cannabis Can organization.
“You are not forgotten, you are appreciated, you are not alone.”
Is Cannabis Can’s slogan.
Cannabis Can volunteers grinding cannabis to be rolled into the joints given to the homeless.
The ultimate goal of Cannabis Can is to purchase several modified RV’s that will give those who are homeless a place to use the bathroom and shower. When asked what his response would be to those who don’t agree with what he is doing, Dicenzo said he would say,
“Merry Christmas, Happy Cannamas — would you like some rolling papers for tobacco?”
According to Colorado law, it is illegal to smoke marijuana in public, but it is legal to gift an adult up to one ounce of cannabis, so the joints were well within the legal limit. Those receiving the joints were required to be 21 years or older, and no cash exchange could take place.
Dicenzo handed out flyers and business cards with the joints, that contained information on where people can donate to the cause. He talked about the reason for saving up to purchase the RV’s for those in need,
“A lot of the people we spoke with really were just like, ‘if I had regular access to a shower, and a haircut my life would be so much better – I’d have so much more opportunity’.”
Dicenzo reported that not everyone accepted the joints, and explained that this gesture was about more than just giving away marijuana.
“‘Cannabis can make a difference,’ is kind of what we’re standing for.”
In a time that is meant to be filled with giving and good deeds, it is great to see cannabis being used to have a positive impact on the lives of those in need.