Access to medical marijuana probably isn’t your most immediate thought when considering the negative impacts the government’s shutdown has on federal workers’ livelihood. But with 800,000 furloughed workers not getting paid anytime soon, one business in the cannabis industry wanted to help them out where they could—by giving them free weed.
BudTrader.com, one of the largest online cannabis marketplaces which bills itself as the “Craigslist of weed,” will donate free cannabis to federal workers struggling to pay for their medical marijuana, as The Hill first reported.
“To any Federal Employee unable to pay for their medical cannabis due to the Government shutdown, BudTrader will donate to you the allowable, legal limit according to California adult use rules and regulations to help ease your suffering in this difficult time,” BudTrader wrote on the company’s Facebook account Monday.
BudTrader wants to make two important caveats clear: a) all communications through the company’s website will remain strictly confidential and b) they aren’t passing out charity weed to help unpaid federal workers chillax. Instead, the company will aim to supply patients suffering from chronic pain or other illnesses who can’t currently afford to maintain their necessary medicine dosage.
“I don’t think federal employees are getting enough love and support,” Brad McLaughlin, the company’s CEO, said in a press release. “In these tough times, we want to extend the offer of a donation of medical cannabis to any federal worker affected by the shutdown.”
The company will donate the “maximum legal amount” to government employees. Bud Trader also toldThe Hill it’s working with an attorney to “ensure that all cannabis donations given to federal employees are confidential and compliant with California Cannabis adult use laws and regulations.”
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