Cannabis Industry Steps Up to Support Ukraine

Cannabis Industry Steps Up to Support Ukraine
High Times

As war wages in Ukraine, cannabis industry businesses across the United States are doing their part to help those caught in the ravages of the conflict. Russia invaded its smaller neighbor Ukraine on February 24 after massing on the border between the two nations for months, leading to a humanitarian crisis. In California, San Francisco’s MediThrive dispensary is raising funds to donate to the Sunflower of Peace, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit working to support the Ukrainian people in the midst of the Russian invasion. MediThrive CEO Misha Breyburg is a Ukrainian Jewish refugee who immigrated from Odessa, Ukraine to the United States as a child in the 1970s.  “This hits especially close to home, especially for Jewish Ukrainians,” he told the Jewish News of Northern California. “I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do something.” To show his support for the people of Ukraine, Breyburg had the dispensary storefront in the Mission District painted blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian national flag. The business is also donating the proceeds of all cannabis sales made on March 6 to Sunflower of Peace, whose fundraising efforts are providing medical and humanitarian aid to those affected by the war in Ukraine.  “While many charitable efforts focus on providing Ukraine with food and military aid, the medical professionals responding to the crisis in Ukraine struggle to treat the wounded and sick,” MediThrive said in a statement. “They require more medical and survival supplies.” MediThrive will also donate 10 percent of cannabis sales through March 13 to Sunflower of Peace, which incorporates the Ukrainian national flower into its name and logo. On Monday, Breyburg said the drive had already raised “in the high five figures.” “It felt pretty incredible,” he said. Sunflower of Peace was founded in 2014 with a mission to mobilize…

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