NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Bananaghani, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, GG4, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Bubba Berry, GG4, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Milk, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots Colorado
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, Veritas Cookies
Native Roots Highlands
Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots Tower
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce
Native Roots Trinidad
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Natures Kiss
Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Cherry Diesel, GG4, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Cherry Diesel, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Primal
Cake Pop, Unicorn Poop
REEFER MADNESS
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
ROOTS RX BASALT
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sage N Sour, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EAGLE/VAIL
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sage N Sour, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Grape OZ, The Sauce
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Grape OZ, The Sauce
ROOTS RX Leadville
Grape OZ, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops
Roots RX Aspen
Grape OZ, The Sauce
SIMPLY PURE
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds - WR
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Broadway
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Colfax
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds FOCO Medical
Banana Kush, Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Unicorn Poop
Standing Akimbo
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, GG4, Gelato 41, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
THE JOINT BY CANNABIS
Apple Fritter, Blue Sherbet, Gelato 41, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute
Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
The 404
Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies
The 64 Store
Banana Kush, Cake Pop, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Purple Papaya Punch, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo (REC)
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
The Happy Camper Palisade
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
The Underground Station
Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, Veritas Cookies
Trill Alternatives
Bananaghani, GG4, Grape OZ, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Tumbleweed - Eagle
Cherry Punch, The Sauce
Tumbleweed Carbondale
Bananaghani, Headband Kush, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sour Diesel
Tumbleweed Debeque
Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour
Tumbleweed Edwards
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, The Sauce
Tumbleweed Frisco
Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
VERTS
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher
Wolf Pac - Pueblo West
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Wedding Crasher
Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
Zengolds LLC Longmont
Ice Cream Cake
5280 Weedery
Cake Pop, GG4, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
7884
Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
A Cut Above - Springs med
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
A Cut Above - med Denver
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
A Cut Above - rec
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY
Amarelo, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
BOULDER WELLNESS CENTER LLC
Bananaghani, Sherb Crasher, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
BUDDY BOY - Walnut St
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
BUDDY BOY - York St
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Blue Heron
Grape OZ
CANNACO
Grape OZ, Scooby Snax, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Gelato 41, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Cannabicare
Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Unicorn Poop
Cherry Peak
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
Cookies Denver
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Veritas Cookies
Cookies Pueblo
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Tractor Beam
Dabbington LLC
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
EUFLORA 16th Street
Cherry Diesel
EUFLORA Aspen
Bananaghani, Miracle Alien Cookies, Sour Diesel
EUFLORA Buckley Rd
Cherry Diesel, Headband Kush
EUFLORA Gun Club Rd
Cherry Diesel, Sage N Sour
EUFLORA Longmont
Cherry Diesel, Sage N Sour
Eclipse Cannabis Company
Blue Sherbet, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
Emerald Fields - Glendale
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Emerald Fields - Manitou
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Fountain Organics LLC
Cake Pop, GG4
GREEN WORLD
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Wedding Crasher
GREEN WORLD EXPRESS
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Wedding Crasher
Golden Meds - Sante Fe
Bananaghani, Bobby Boucher, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake
Growlife
GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Herbal Healing
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
High Plainz Strains 2
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
Higher Grade 38th
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
Blue Sherbert, Veritas Cookies
KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
Karma
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
LA CASA CANNA BIS INC
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
LIVE GREEN - SHERIDAN
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Aurora
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Colfax
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Downtown
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Edgewater
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Makena
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Makena Dispensary
Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN
Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane
NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER
Grape OZ, Tractor Beam
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Bananaghani, Slurricane, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher

December 8, 2020

What nonprofits need to know about accepting cannabis cash on Colorado Gives Day

Dec 8, 2020, 8:17am MST 

When Ripple launched a new line of cannabis dissolvables in brightly colored limited-edition packaging earlier this year, the Commerce City based company wanted to donate 5% of its profits to a charitable cause.

The first nonprofit it approached wouldn't accept its money. The second would accept a gift, but only in the form an in-kind donation. And when Lightshade opened its ninth location earlier this year on the border of the Central Park and Montbello neighborhoods, a representative of the Denver dispensary chain had to approach a half-dozen charities before she found one that would work with it on its corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

It's a day in the life of Colorado cannabis companies attempting to straddle the line between being federally illegal operations and upstanding citizens when corporate social responsibility is all the rage and the state suffers a year riddled with wildfires, a pandemic and severe unemployment. 

It's not easy being green 

"When you are a cannabis company, it is still obnoxiously hard to donate to a nonprofit and it shouldn’t be," Courtney Mathis, co 

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2020/12/08/cannabis-companies-challenges-donating-nonprofits.html?s=print 1/6 founder of Cannabis Doing Good, told Denver Business Journal. 

Cannabis Doing Good is a platform founded to help cannabis companies that want to be good corporate citizens connect with nonprofits that will take their money. Separately, it just launched the Cannabis Impact Fund, which is working to partner with cannabis companies that will donate 1% — of their revenue, shares, product or equity — toward the movement for Black lives, a force elevated in 2020 and one focused on matters of social justice and remedying injustices of the U.S. Drug War, which is widely disdained by the cannabis industry. 

And cannabis companies face a sort of conundrum: Their federally illegal status means they often pay effective tax rates as high as 70% because they can't claim tax deductions and it also puts pressure on them to prove their value and good standing to their community. 

Yet some nonprofits, nearly a decade after Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana, are leery of accepting their money for fear of losing their 501(c)(3) status, the possibility of losing federal grants or offending influential board members and donors. 

"We in the cannabis industry are always being pressed to do more," Ripple Senior Brand Manager Nikki Kujawski told DBJ. " ... So when we give a donation, it is a big commitment to us." 

While Ripple was thrilled to be able to provide a dozen Macbooks to LGBTQ-focused Youth Seen as an in-kind gift, it ran into similar issues with other small nonprofits in the area for its next limited edition series, which focused on the arts. 

"It’s been really unfortunate because it’s meant that we can’t work with some incredible organizations," Kujawski told said. 

Cashing in 

"There are so many groups out there that, No. 1, won’t take the money and don’t want to talk about it," Tom Downey, director at Denver-based law firm Ireland Stapleton who partners with Cannabis Doing Good to educate nonprofits on the risks and rewards of working with cannabis companies, told DBJ. "There are

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others who will take the money but don’t want to talk about it. There are others that are very happy to take the money but they really, really don’t want to talk about it. And the reason is reputational." 

Accepting money from cannabis companies, he explained, is illegal at the federal level, just like operating a marijuana business. And promoting a cannabis company is technically aiding in the execution of a federal crime. But the rules aren't enforced in states where the plant is legal and all state laws are followed to the letter. He points to cannabis companies that participate in the Clean Colorado adopt-a-highway-type program. 

"Colorado Department of Transportation is putting their name and logo [on signs travelers can see]. They are promoting the business and taking their money. It’s not just that they’re generally aiding and abetting them, but it’s promotion, and promotion is a key word in the criminal code," Downey said, adding: "Nobody at CDOT has ever been criminally charged and I've never heard a whisper about CDOT being investigated." 

And nonprofits have little to fear when it comes to losing grants or their charitable status by accepting marijuana money, he said. 

"To date, I’m not aware of any 501(c)(3) licenses that have been revoked merely for engaging in marijuana-related businesses," Downey said. 

"We did finally find a nonprofit who was more than happy to work with us, but I had to really sit down and talk with the executive director and give him a little information about why this is important to Lightshade," Lisa Gee, director of marketing and corporate social responsibility at the chain, told DBJ. "We’re not just checking a box — it’s part of our entire mission. It is a value system we try to integrate into the whole company." 

Corporate social responsibility is a key element in many cannabis companies' missions. And they'll move metaphorical mountains to make it happen. 

The Green Solution, the largest Denver-area cannabis company when ranked by number of employees, took matters into its own hands years ago. After a long search for a nonprofit partner, the

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veteran-owned business tracked down an organization that would work with it: Colorado Veterans Project. 

TGS CEO Steve Lopez called the challenges his company faced finding a nonprofit that could accept cannabis dollars without fear of federal repercussions "hypocrisy." 

"They [tax collectors] are at our door if we're a day late with that money," Lopez said. "They can take the money, but we can't give it to a nonprofit to help people." 

With or without you 

And it's not just Cannabis Doing Good sparking partnerships. Veritas Fine Cannabis is teaming up several other cannabis companies and the umbrella parent of Denver restaurants BarDough and Señor Bear, Culinary Creative, to get meals to the hungry this winter. 

Veritas' philanthropic group — which calls itself "Friends in Weed" — intentionally "compartmentalized" the process to avoid complications it's run into in the past with nonprofits declining their help, Veritas Partner and Head of Marketing and Sales Jon Spadafora told DBJ. 

"It’s become a little easier — we’ve learned somethings about how to create our own opportunities," Spadafora said. 

And companies like Boulder-based Wana Brands, Denver's Terrapin Care Station, Denver-based Native Roots and the Stanley Brothers, who founded CBD powerhouse Charlotte's Web, have teamed up to raise close to $1 million for food pantries and other causes. 

"Most organizations we come across are more than happy [to take our money]. They’ve realized that not only has the sky not fallen but that good cannabis companies have good relationships with their consumers and are a great way to reach a new audience," Wana Brands Chief Marketing Officer Joe Hodas told DBJ. 

He said that the edible giant's CSR programs are having a real impact on the company's mission and employees, pointing to its rapid expansion and low employee turnover.

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"In all the excitement of legalization with tax dollars, and just that people can go out and purchase cannabis, a lot of people lost sight of the fact we are capable of becoming an important part of the communities," Hodas said. 

It's still a risk 

Denver-based nonprofit Tennyson Center for Children, which serves abused, neglected and abandoned children, won't accept cannabis dollars. And it's not because CEO Ned Breslin has a problem with the sector. 

"I think the cannabis industry is very community and philanthropic minded — I think they’re a player," Breslin said. "They might not be a player for somewhere like Tennyson, but they could be a player for other places." 

In fact, Tennyson Center turned down what Breslin says was likely a considerable amount of money from one unnamed cannabis company. 

He pointed to a combination of stigma and uncertainty when it comes to both his own organization's hesitancy and that of its peers. And says that the uncertainty has, in some ways, created a an excuse for some nonprofit boards not to have a real conversation about the role of this burgeoning industry. 

"Would you actually lose your 501(c)(3) status? Would you actually lose your federal funding if you took cannabis money? I think the answer is, 'We don’t know,'" Breslin said. " ... I think the lack of clarity has created the opportunity not to talk about it. Once that confusion is cleared we’re going to have a different conversation in nonprofits." 

"If you’re a local nonprofit and you need resources, as we’re sure that you’re do, consider that one of the most courageous things you could do is open your doors to a cannabis business," Cannabis Doing Good's Mathis said. "At the same time, be realistic — the tax revenue you see coming out of this industry is not indicative of the revenue they have to give." 

She said charities should research the cannabis company to ensure aligned values, poll donors, know the board and not to expect an

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"It is new, it is nascent — so with your expectations, know that you’ve done all this homework, your first check might only be $500, the second might be $2,000 … with the industry growing, if you can foster that relationship like you can with any other donor I think the payoff will be substantial," Mathis said. 

Jonathan Rose 

Associate Editor 

Denver Business Journal