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Washington School Refuses $14,000 Donation From Marijuana Farmer

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colorado schools marijuanaLegalizing marijuana has done big things for schools in Washington and Colorado. A portion of marijuana taxes goes towards much needed school funding, which is a great thing. However, despite schools being cash strapped and needing all the help they can get, it hasn’t stopped a school in Prosser, Washington from refusing a sizable donation from a marijuana grower. Per the Seattle Times:

School officials Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, taking a strong stand against youth marijuana use.

“We’re not taking it; end of story,” said Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

The donor, Randy Williams, now is looking for another local recipient.

“I never thought it’d be a problem to give money away,” said the owner of Fireweed Farms, a marijuana producer.

Imagine how many books $14,000 could have bought? Or computers? Or school lunches for children that don’t get enough to eat at home? It’s a sad thing that reefer madness is so pervasive in some areas that a school won’t accept a donation, simply because it came from a marijuana grower. It sounds like Fireweed Farms is trying to see if the local Boys and Girls Club will accept the donation. I sure hope so, because $14,000 would pay for a lot of things for underprivileged youth.

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  • Jimmy

    That’s not really all that much people…

  • Bongstar420

    The “tax shelter” is part of the gimmick.

    The point is that society doesn’t need charity as much as the people making the donations do. There is a lot of wealthy people donating to “charities” who are sitting on 1,000’s of acres of idol lands and assets. When I walk around town, all I see are rich people’s names on stuff they “donated.” Interesting, in other situations, people pay to have their names posted in public places.

    If they are truly charitable, no one will ever know you donated anything at all ever. If you ever tell people you are “donating” you gain favor which is analogous to profit.

  • Bongstar420

    That’s nice. You have proven to the world that your IQ is high enough to be ironic and facetious.

    Now, how about some reasonable rebuttal of actual value?

  • Captain Obvious

    Yeah, it isnt hard to see why obesity,
    diabetes, cardiovascular disease, ADHD, chronic fatigue, apathy, and more are prevalent
    than ever in our youth. Then off to big pharma for lifelong
    ‘medication’ with no incentive for a cure. Like giving candy to a
    very profitable baby. I think Obamacare is trying to regulate this.

  • arrogant aren’t you

    You are my hero, tell me more about your super powers!

  • Karen

    You couldn’t be more right! So this calls for a revolution, starting w/ me,

  • Karen

    The irony. Schools will take Coke/Pepsi machines & junk food machines but not cash w/ no strings attached?! Idiotas,

  • Tim Bambam

    Charity is not a marketing gimmick. It us a tax shelter. Though in this case I don’t think so because the Feds don’t recognize marijuana as a viable means of income . As a marketing ploy it only works if you get free advertising that will attract customers.

  • Bongstar420

    Or people could pay their progressive income taxes and leave it at that

  • Bongstar420

    So accepting money from heroin and cocaine manufactures would be acceptable as long as they take money equally from the cannabis and alcohol industries?

  • Bongstar420

    Cool. They finally got onto the LFTR bandwagon when they figured out that culling 75% of the human race was not politically viable.

  • Bongstar420

    Its a marketing gimmick….Like all charity

  • Bongstar420

    LOL.

    I should start a liberal comedy club and have you as my front liner.

    Because I am a liberal

  • Bongstar420

    The pharmaceutical industry is more questionable than other industries because?

    All industries are guilty of the same things all other individuals are guilty of- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-deception

  • Bongstar420

    There is a reason his name is associated with the money. Don’t you wonder why people do not make faceless contributions- marketing.

  • Bongstar420

    College costs were lower in the past and the returns were actually lower as a ratio of return/cost than now.

    This is what my PhD boss told me. He made the statement based on his experience and reading he has done on the issue.

    Public school is meant to coerce education. People are not inclined to want to be educated on the whole.

    There is absolutely nothing about today which necessitates me attending any institution at all. My parents furnished the basics when I was 5, and after that, adults had little control over what I was capable of accomplishing on my own and were almost always restricting my progress. Being in a normal class room with my age peers is highly restrictive to me and it has nothing to do with the quality of the education and everything to do with quality of the average individual.

  • Bongstar420

    God forbid we admit to the reality of the actual IQ distribution of the population.

    I meet people with PhD’s who are barely intelligent.

  • Bongstar420

    I’d blame individual’s genetic proclivities far before any institution.

    Most other people blame institutions first divesting their genetic lineages of any responsibility what so ever.

  • Bongstar420

    Ever consider that performance is more about the child than the institution or teacher. I’ve been to dozens of classes where everyone complained the teacher was responsible for their low grades. I was still pulling A’s and B’s, but I actually don’t need instruction. School is more about gaining approval from the authorities than anything else.

  • Bongstar420

    Publicly funded institutions should not accept any money from private donors because all private donations are attempts by private parties to sequester control from the state to themselves or to gain more market share through increased positive public perception (usually both). If it weren’t, they would simply drop unmarked donations.

  • Bongstar420

    You mean has been for decades now

  • Bongstar420

    So all he needs to do is establish a “School Funds LTD” corp, and appoint some random non-cannabis consumer.

    http://alcoholpolicymd.com/pdf/foe_final.pdf

  • Bongstar420

    He could charge less thereby allowing the consuming parents to better fund their own children. But of course no one thinks about that in a world with leaders and followers.

    This is merely advertisement designed to increase his base.

  • Bongstar420

    Thats right. Lets assume the man will starve to death if he doesn’t take money from any tom dick and harry willing to put it up.

    I don’t want money from Christians, and I would appreciate it if they would avoid my money like the plague because it is morally wrong for me to support any religion at all.

  • Bongstar420

    The local confederates probably agree with him…Didn’t you notice all the “local” efforts to ban and tax? I mean there is a lot of it.

    Shit, here in Oregon, there is like a 100 jurisdictions wanting to grandfather Cannabis taxes in despite the fact that Measure 91 has two provisions explicitly banning such a thing. These people are the definition of asshat