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. Steve

    This is our customer on a honor to know him! Great human

    March 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 1608

    well just call me weedless in Worcester.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. danial

    I think its a good, legal way to help people in need. If Budwiser set up a fund most people would praise them.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alex heugel

    Marjuana is a very hard drug- i used it for many years and i had SEVERE panic attacks and eventually wound up in a mental ward- it involved great america- a school trip- and an eighth of very dank nugget- i cant be by mary jane now i miss her 🙁

    March 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whiplash

      Alex, please don't take this badly: i have met a very small number of folks that react to kind bud with panic attacks, and ALL of them suffer from bi-polar disorder; most have been diagnosed schizophrenic. The panic you feel is not from the pot, it's from the disease. Abstaining from the good stuff is probably a good idea in your case, but that won't do anything to help your underlying condition. Weed doesn't cause panic attacks, it only highlights them. Go to a doctor.

      March 26, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. cari b

    thats amazing<333. i love it. marijuana<3. i think we should use a weed procedure to get america out of our problems. and its the thought that counts to those who hate cus i dont see anyone else making cnn about how theyre helping other countries with their ideas. if you dont support marijuana then atleast try to understand theyre just raising money to help someone else. i agree, try smoking you might like it but til you try smoking who are you to judge someone who does, especially when theyre trying to help others.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Common Sense

    Cigarettes are proven to be as addictive as crack. People go nutts without them. Alcohol kills more people than any other drug. Weed is illegal. WHY?

    March 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Wow really u just said bud was a hard drug? my friend u must have been on other ive been smokeing for 11 years granted i started 2 young however i have nvr had panic attacks if anything bud has keept me out of trouble. Smoke a little before u try to go rob a place. ull prob forget and just go buy a candybar

    March 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cam

    Great idea, don't let the man get you down.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1608

    That was a fist full.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Warren

    Dam it girl. That Susan is hot 2nite

    March 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Thanks Warren! I was just trying to add to the conversation and people got defensive, lol!

      March 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sweetleaf

    cant believe corporate america can keep us down forever! go weed!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. da jeenyus.

    man has used marijuana for well over 1000 years without directly causing a single death. the same can't be said for alcohol, prescription pills, cell phones, cars, fema, or even children's cough syrup.. so why are they ok, and pot isn't?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      I agree, especially about the cough syrup. Cough medication, and other ingredients found over the counter are used to make the hard drugs. Weed is a plant found in the ground. I think one reason weed is illegal is because the government has not found a way to make optimal money from it themselves instead of having to have someone else give them an idea on how to make money from it. This guy who has a shop in Colorado selling it has a good idea. What a way to show the government how to make money from such a popular plant. Steps are being made to legalize it nationally by states allowing it to be sold in counties, and in various places. Parts of California allow you to own, grow, etc up to x amount of plants per person, or household. Parts of Colorado allow you to sell it. Once the bigger cities start allowing weed such as New York, and San Fransisco then it will not be long and the rest of the nation will allow it too. Just a matter of time before weed is legalized, they should do it sooner than later though.

      March 26, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dwayne Alizondo Herbert Mountain Dew Comacho

    @Leslie: I'm hawt and I like pawt

    March 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alan Talin

    I'm confused... we do realize that virtually every reason weed was vilified and banned in the first place has been debunked, right? Turns out 'Reefer Madness' was exactly that: madness.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stoner

    If we could Legalize weed and tax the churches, that would fix a lot in this country in a hurry.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
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