Colorado dispensary selling 'Joints for Japan'
Compassionate Pain Management is donating its proceeds from marijuana joint sales to Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.
March 25th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Colorado dispensary selling 'Joints for Japan'

Lakewood, Colorado (CNN) - When the earthquake hit Japan, Shaun Gindi knew he wanted to help.

"I couldn't believe the devastation. I watched everything get wiped away. Their whole lives were gone," he said. "There was a moment where I started looking at ways to fly over there, ways to somehow get there to help out."

Gindi knows nothing about search and rescue, so he soon abandoned that plan. But he is an expert in one area: medical marijuana.

He runs two dispensaries in the Denver area called Compassionate Pain Management. They legally sell marijuana to patients who have received a recommendation from a doctor.

He floated the idea of raising money for Japan on his dispensary’s Facebook page and got a dozen "likes" right away. He knew immediately that he could use his dispensary to raise money. Thus was born "Joints for Japan."

"What we're going to do is take all the revenue from the hand-rolled medicine, 100% of it, from this weekend and potentially for the next few weeks … and we're going to donate it to the Red Cross," Gindi said.

"Hand-rolled medicine" is medical marijuana-speak for a joint, or a marijuana cigarette. They contain half of a gram of marijuana and are the most popular item in the store. At $5 each, Gindi says, they sell thousands a month.

"We get a lot of people who just come in for these," Gindi said.

The most difficult part of the endeavor has been coming up with the fundraiser's name. Gindi’s business is legal under Colorado law. He pays taxes and has 18 full-time employees. But the industry still struggles for respectability.

With that in mind, Gindi rejected contenders such as "Bake for the Quake" and "Joint Relief."

Gindi hopes his fundraising efforts help bring a bit more respectability to the medical marijuana industry. But ultimately, it is the people of Japan he truly hopes to help.

"In Japan every day, the number of lives lost jumps up. Whatever we can do to help out, we’d like to do."

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  1. S - 2100 - S

    I like weed........ Alot.......

    March 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      @shane. That is by far the funniest comment to grace these boards in weeks, thank you.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smokaah

      @shane. I have smoked weed for 14 years or more and have never done hard drugs. Its a myth. Plus no one calls weed dope. Dope is heroin. Try smoking you might like it.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Windrays

      ...Shane, you do realize that weed is called weed because it's made from the marijuana plant, right? And that heroin is made from morphine, which is made from opium poppies, which are a COMPLETELY different plant than marijuana, right?

      Because I think you've just lost this argument.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Ha wow shane is a moron!

      March 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @Shane - Just who has been smoking Mary lately here ? I think it has been you cause that was one stoned a$$ comment.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel Boland

      Shane = King Troll...I salute u, Sir!

      March 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whiplash

      me, too. GOOD LORD! Those aren't FILTERS on those, are they??? Shaun, why filters??

      March 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • IV:XX

      Er'y day!

      March 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned

      Joints for America? Is this what we have to offer a nation in trouble? Is this what we have come to?

      March 26, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      @Concerned No you incompetent fool. This is what a dispensary owner is doing. He is raising money through his business. Pretty good idea. I'm worried that there are so many morons like you out there.

      March 26, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Common Sense

    I do'nt see a problem with this. Why ca'nt Big Tobacco reach in their purse?

    March 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isis

      He-ll ya!! Good point !!!

      March 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marlboro Man

      1) We have wallets not purses, 'lil lady.
      2) How do you know we haven't given any help?

      March 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    I'm not sure where I even want to begin with this one...so I think I'll just say...wow. Just...wow.

    March 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Wow good, or wow bad ?

      March 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • MilesShorterColtrane

      Uhh.. It's actually really not that big of a deal dude... All the power to this guy in Colorado. Reform the archaic marijuana policy in this country please.

      March 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Good point, CS.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Common Sense

    Thank you.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MN Tom

    why not send them the joints. probably would want that more.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sarah

    The gift that keeps on giving...nice.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fowardblue

    Pot helps the people, helps the economy, and humans in crisis around the world. IS this why it is illegal?

    March 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Because anything thats good in this world cant possibly be legal. It would make to much sense.

      March 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GB

    @MN Tom-shortage of drinkable water for the inevitable cottonmouth.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. asdf

    ...can't we just legalize it already...

    would it make things worse?! the irrationals have had their day, now its our time...

    March 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. scott1devil

    Im from pa and wish i could give you money for your medicine.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bunee

    If they want to take this international, I know just the right spokesperson:

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM3RAn1-4rs&w=640&h=360]

    March 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Edward

    Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. When the stippers in Montreal donate all of their earning of the day to AIDS or breast cancer, it is appreciated.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frankie

    Next charity drive, moon shine for Tibet.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Good for you Shaun, if only more people understood that ignorance is not bliss.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
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