Weed the Homeless Urges Those in Cannabis Industry to Give Back
By Madison Margolin
Once upon a time in modern-day L.A., a group of generous DIY do-gooders looked at the city's rampant homeless problem, and then at the city's flourishing weed industry, and decided to use the latter to help the former. What's become known as Weed the Homeless isn't a fancy operation: It's as simple as handing out weed, in addition to clothing, food, toiletries and other essentials, to people living on the street.
The movement began on Thanksgiving 2017 when cannabis activist and entrepreneur Jackie Sponseller, a self-proclaimed "international epileptic stoner," was home alone in Venice and wanted to give back. "Ever since I was a little teenage stoner, I used to want to have so much weed that someday I could just give it away," she jokes.