A local nonprofit is spreading some cheer through the streets of Denver this holiday season.
Cannabis Can, a pro-cannabis group working to raise awareness about homelessness, hit the streets of downtown Denver handing out one thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints.
The group passed out joints to the homeless and anyone else who was interested.
“Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year’s,” said one woman who accepted a joint.
“‘Cannabis can make a difference,’ is kind of what we’re standing for,” said Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one behind the plan to pass out the free weed.
They’re trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage passersby to donate to their cause.
And that cause is an important one: raising money to purchase RV homes and provide restrooms, showers, and other essential facilities for folks 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’,” said Dicenzo.
Dicenzo said the goal is to use cannabis for good and to bring people together for positive change.
“What do you say to people who don’t agree with what you’re doing?” asked Denver7 Reporter Jennifer Kovaleski.
“Merry Christmas, Happy Cannamas — would you like some rolling papers for tobacco?” replied Dicenzo.
In addition to handing out the free joints, which Dicenzo says he grew legally, volunteers also passed out flyers and business cards with information on where people can donate to those in need.
And while not everyone wanted a free joint, Dicenzo said the message was about so much more.
“Spread the word, spread the cheer, to give back,” he said.
It’s not technically illegal to spread the kind of cheer Dicenzo has in mind: weed can be given as a gift. Of course, the gift givers and receivers have to be over 21 years old, and no money can be exchanged.
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Dicenzo also has to take care not to have more than one ounce of cannabis on him at a time.
“Which makes the logistics of this really tricky, but yeah I have lots of people with one ounce on their person,” said Dicenzo.
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