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. maclean

    Stoner......why oh why did you drag the church into this conversation???

    March 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

    ^^^^^^^^I'M BATMAN^^^^^^

    March 26, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. joe

    I like the idea of a pre-rolled joint with filter.. can they be made menthol too?

    March 26, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Whiplash

      I'm sure they can. Go to a tobacco shop and check out the "roll yer own" supplies for cigarettes: pre-formed paper tubes and tobacco (or pot) injectors, etc. The tubes are available with or without filters, and some have mentholated filters. As for me, i prefer to use my fingers the old-fashioned way. Filters absorb too much of the cannabinoids snd menthol mucks up the wonderful, complex flavors. But that's just me. Enjoy!

      March 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Art In Chicago

    Something is so wrong and so right about this.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. biglips

    Pot is used by the largest minority group in america. .the white people. .now if you want to be a part of mainstream society you need to fire up the crack pipe take a master blast and aaahhh!! enjoy!

    March 26, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Forrest

      Whites still comprise about 70% of U.S. population. Hard to call them any sort of minority, largest or otherwise. They are the definition of a majority.

      March 26, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pacifist

    You people are all so freaking retarded. Let's argue on an Internet post comment space! Yeah! I just told her!!! She told me!!! Big Fu@king deal. Grow up all you idiots. Get a life

    March 26, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pacifist

    Go hit a bong retards

    March 26, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Whiplash

      you seem a bit agro for a "pacifist". Btw, what are YOU doing here, "retard"?

      March 26, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Forrest

    Great example for why it should be legalized. You will never see the cartels giving their profits to disaster victims. Allowing pot to be sold by legitimate businesses would increase the money available for philanthropy considerably.

    March 26, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. roger

    Haha no wonder why your husband chose weed over you.....your blowing up a blog about your marital problems, and taking the cowards way out and blaming weed instead of taking responsibility. Maybe if you made less excuses you'd still have a husband. lunatic....

    March 26, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. SIUMoose

    "Tokes for Tokyo." "Bongs for Budokan." "420 for Fukushima." "Hash for Honshu." "Kick Sticks for Koto." I could do this all day....

    March 26, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. steve

    This may be the most ignorant idea that I have ever experienced. Marijuana is a joke. Probably the bigest reason why this great nation is in decline.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Whiplash

      Steve, although I'm absolutely certain you have a great deal of experience with ignorant ideas, this isn't one of them. Marijuana is responsible for more kindness and compassion than you can imagine, or are yourself obviously capable of.

      March 26, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. yuppers

    Shane , weed does not lead to harder drugs and if it did how can you skip caffine and alcohol and go stright to weed as the gate way drug o because they r legal that's bs they are drugs too and not natural may I add. God made weed man made beer who do you trust ?

    March 26, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. yuppers

    Shane , weed does not lead to harder drugs and if it did how can you skip caffine and alcohol and go straight to weed as the gate way drug o because they r legal that's bs they are drugs too and not natural may I add. God made weed man made beer who do you trust ?

    March 26, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |

    thank god for this... finally someone is doing something right...

    March 26, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |

    This state's redeeming qualities lie entirely within its natural beauty. The politics I could do without.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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