If you don't have money for weed but don't mind working a little bit for it, then head to the city of Gardiner, Maine.
Summit Medical Marijuana is motivating people in the city to clean up the streets by giving volunteers who pick up trash cannabis for doing so.
Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit, said that he first heard about the idea from a center in Colorado that apparently had a great response.
All you need to do is grab a trash bag and then fill it with garbage you spot around town. When you return the filled bag, they hand you some weed. No charge. No questions asked.
The center posted about the successful clean-up on its Facebook page:
Mainers rock!!! You're all amazing people!!! Anyone want to help do this statewide in 1 month or so? Thank you to the providers, and incredible Maine folks for stepping up in a big big way. We came up with the idea from Gardiner days of caring program, and something similar to this in Colorado. Stop by, get your free cannabis. Most beneficial plant known to human health!
Some might say that giving away your product isn't the smartest business model, but Meehan seems to care more about helping the town of Gardiner than maximizing profits. Which, let's be honest, will probably be better for his business in the long-term.
"Something that caregivers do all across Maine that very few people know about is that they make huge sacrifices every week to help others live a better quality of life."
Meehan also saw the clean-up as an opportunity to educate people on the natural healing benefits of marijuana.
"The research. There's a whole world of science out there. If you started the research today, 10 years from now you'd still be doing the research…When you see this plant have an incredibly life changing impact on somebody that has given up on life, or somebody that has been given up on by modern medicine - and you can bring them back to life and give them a quality of life. It doesn't just affect that patient, it affects every single person in the family."
Meehan hopes that in the near future they'll be able to extend the clean-up-for-free-weed incentive to the entire state of Maine. With the sales of marijuana steadily increasing in other states, it looks like that'll be feasible sooner for the local dispensary than later.