Gardiner, ME - Residents of the city of Gardiner now have an extra incentive to collect trash. A local business is offering a bag of marijuana in exchange for each bag of trash.
Dennis Meehan, the owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, said, “Bring us back the full trash bag, and we give them a gift of cannabis," according to KHOU. He said that he got the idea from a town in Colorado, and that they had a great response.
According to Meehan, it's simple. Get a trash bag, fill it up with litter from around town, bring it to the store, and get a 'gift bag' of marijuana. He agreed that it wasn't good business to give away what he's selling, but insisted that he's helping people.
He said that it's not only a day of service to the community but educating people about what he calls "a life-changing substance." Meehan talked about the science, and the research, that he is a believer in the magic of the wacky tobbacci.
Meehan said, "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.”
It appears Meehan failed to talk about people who didn't have a medical condition, who are presumably the people who will be bringing in their kitchen garbage for weed.
He plans to expand the event to the state level, and said that he will make sure the recipients of each free bag of weed are 21-years-old or older.
'Gifting' marijuana in the state of Maine is legal. On November 8, 2016, the state of Maine legalized the 'recreational use, retail sale and taxation' of marijuana, according to the Maine legislature.