Pot Dealer Donates Profits to Hurricane Relief

By Valerie Tejeda 11/15/12

A Brooklyn dealer taps into a niche market: those looking to get high for a good cause.

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Today in adorable drug news: a Brooklyn dealer has been assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy by donating the proceeds from his weed business. In the wake of the devastation, a college-educated marijuana dealer (who asked to remain anonymous), alerted his clientele that he would be giving half of his proceeds to hurricane relief—provoking a sudden spike in business. "Look, there are probably some people down there [in the Rockaways] who want some marijuana—but that's not going to clothe and feed them," he says. "So in order for me to help, I needed to turn what I do into something concrete that I could give to them." In two days, the Robin Hood of pot claims to have made $1,400—meaning he will be contributing $700 to purchase formula, diapers, hot meals, and other supplies that are much-needed in the Rockaway Peninsula. "Yes, I made a little extra money for myself those two days," he admits. "But [my clients] are getting something they'd already get anyway. I was going to work regardless, and now I felt like I was doing it with purpose.” The drug salesman will also be transporting relief goods around south Brooklyn and Queens—claiming his actions are motivated by altruism, not greed. “I'm not doing what I do in order to get rich or create some super marijuana empire," he says: "I'm trying to help, and this is my job." 

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