Pot shops donate to disaster relief

A pair of Ashland marijuana dispensaries are taking steps to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims.

House of Leaves will match dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000) all donations made in a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund drop-box at its store at 488 N. Main St. during the entire month of September. Only those 21 and older are allowed to entire the dispensary. No purchase is necessary, all donations will be matched, according to the store.

At the end of September, House of Leaves will give all donations collected to the victims of Hurricane Harvey via the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund created by Mayor Sylvester Turner under the Greater Houston Community Fund (ghcf.org).

The cost of recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s destruction is estimated in the tens of billions of dollars.

Breeze Botanicals of Ashland and Gold Hill is donating 5 percent of proceeds Sept. 3-10 to the American Red Cross to help fund disaster relief across the country. They also will take in donations for disaster relief at the stores all month long.

“With all the disasters across the country from flood to fire we want to help, in any way we can,” General Manager Stacy Gilbert said in a written statement, “and we have many customers who feel the same.”

Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25 as a category 4 storm, bringing about catastrophic flooding and damage. At the same time the Chetco Bar fire in the Brookings area is the nation’s most pressing forest fire. “By partnering with the Red Cross, we know our donation dollars will go to those most in need and fast, which is exactly what Texas and the Southern Oregon coast need right now,” said Gilbert.

The Breeze store in Ashland is at 1526 Siskiyou Blvd.

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