A Portland, Oregon dispensary is raising money to donate to Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Grower Farmer 12 started its “Burn One for Bernie” campaign earlier this year and now dispensaries Foster Buds and Glisan Buds – both under the same parent ownership – have partnered with Farmer 12’s campaign and are selling special one-gram joints (Farmer 12 Cone) for $10 each, then donating 10 percent of sales to Sanders’ campaign.
Ken Martin, manager of Foster Buds, spoke highly of Sanders’ contributions and how great of a cannabis activist he’s been. He says they sell a couple hundred Farmer 12 Cones a day and sales have only increased recently with primaries going on since customers want to come in and support Sanders.
“He is just the biggest advocate for the marijuana industry right now,” Martin told Mic. “[Customers are] all super excited. They’re supporting a guy that is trying to get cannabis legal.”
Foster Buds took to Instagram to promote the campaign and wrote a statement why they decided to do so.
“The cannabis community has never been appropriately represented or considered on a federal stage. Cannabis enthusiasts, supporters, and medical patients come from every walk of life now, and we all deserve a President who will rally to reschedule cannabis and transform America’s Cannabis policies,” Foster Buds wrote in an Instagram post. “We believe Bernie Sanders is the best and most likely candidate to appropriately represent the needs of our community.”
Last month, Ariel Zimman, a strong Sanders supporter, began selling homemade ceramic pipes with Sanders’ campaign logo on them in an effort to raise money for his campaign. Her sales are dubbed “Burners for Bernie” and she is also donating 10 percent of the sales from her pipes.
“It was really just a way to show my support for him as a candidate,” Zimman told the Center for Public Integrity. “People love [the pipes], and once they hear they are contributing in some way to the campaign, they are all about that too.”
Sanders has always been in support of medical marijuana and the decriminalization of cannabis throughout the country. He also supports a state’s right to opt for full legalization and ending the federal prohibition on cannabis. Though, Sanders isn’t a fan of cannabis use personally, he knows how important it is to the masses.
“I coughed a lot, I don’t know. I smoked marijuana twice – didn’t quite work for me,” Sanders told Yahoo News. “It’s not my thing, but it is the thing of a whole lot of people.”