Time for Some Corporate Cannabis Philanthropy; Meet, 'Weed For Good'
The stage-four cancer patient didn’t leave her hospice bed. Her pain was etched across her face, and the opiates she had been prescribed made her sluggish and unable to even stand up. That was, until she met Jennifer Lujan, the founder of WeedForGood, a new start-up that provides free weed to low-income patients in the Bay Area.
Lujan explains that the patient was apprehensive of trying medical cannabis – she had had a negative experience in her youth – but once she started applying a high CBD, low THC trans-dermal cream, everything changed. She has been able to cut out half of her opiates. “She’s laughing again. I saw her for the first time outside of her hospital bed,” Lujan says.
“We see patients like this every day,” she adds.
— Weed for Good (@WeedforGood) February 12, 2016
While Weed for Good is a recent venture, corporate philanthropy is nothing new for Jennifer Lujan. After working with a series of non-profits in Washington DC, Lujan ran LyftForGood, the philanthropic arm of the international ride-share service, which provides transportation to those in need.
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Yet Lujan discovered that she was even more passionate about bringing cannabis to patients who couldn’t afford it otherwise. And so, with flowers courtesy of her boyfriend, a professional grower, she began bringing cannabis to local hospitals. And she wasn’t skimping, either – each patient, she estimates, received up to one thousand dollars of cannabis per month.
Now an official 501c3 non-profit, WeedForGood has connected with a series of bakeries, growers and businesses who all donate some of their product to her cause. Meadow, the online delivery service, has been particularly supportive; Lujan points out that “doctors are shy” about prescribing cannabis, and that the service has saved the day for many patients. She says that WeedForGood provides support for about 70 men and women a month in the Bay Area, and that they will soon be expanding into Colorado.
“I saw that this is a responsibility,” Lujan says. “It’s amazing to see how a plant can be effecting people in such a positive way. For a lot of people who’ve pioneered the way, we need to keep marching on and really make sure that these patients aren’t forgotten and that we tell these stories.”