Published on November 29th, 2015 | by News Feed
Oregon Agency Refuses Gift Baskets From Cannabis Business
A group of women from Oregon’s cannabis business wanted to do something special for Thanksgiving to help the less fortunate in their community. They created gift baskets to pass out in the community as a way to give back. Unfortunately, one state agency wasn’t pleased with the gift baskets and rejected them along with any association with the cannabis industry as a whole.
Oregon’s Department of Human Services initially agreed to accept the Thanksgiving baskets and help distribute them to families in need. However, the agency later refused to help the group claiming that passing out the baskets would be too time consuming. That was just an excuse though and eventually Gene Evans, a spokesperson for the Department, revealed that the baskets were actually rejected because they were given by marijuana-related businesses.
Evans revealed that the Department of Human Services contact the Administrative Services to ask whether or not they should help distribute the baskets and were told it would not be appropriate. Their chief concern was that the baskets might be given to families that were “severely affected by drug and alcohol abuse.” Of course, Evans insisted the baskets would have likewise been rejected if they came from an alcohol company. Other cannabis related businesses reportedly experienced similar issues when they attempted to donate to local agencies that help the less fortunate.
Thankfully, there are a handful of Oregon businesses that don’t mind working with the cannabis companies to promote a good cause. Last year, the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland worked with local marijuana businesses to provide toys to patients during the holidays.
Do you think it’s reasonable for government agencies to reject donations from marijuana-associated businesses? Should there be rules to outlaw discrimination when it comes to accepting gifts and donations?