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A Group In California is Giving Free Weed To The Homeless

Weed the Homeless is an informal group of activists working out of Los Angeles. They've become known for supplying the homeless with food, toiletries, clothing and free cannabis.

The project is being spearheaded by Jackie Sponseller, the prolific cannabis entrepreneur behind Kaya Seeds, Daily Dab TV and Queendom Canna. She says many homeless people suffer from various medical conditions and can't afford medications. That's where Weed the Homeless comes in.

"For me, that's the reason I'm in the industry - because I have epilepsy, and I know how well it helps my body," Sponseller told LA Weekly.

She says she gets a lot of opposition from people who think Weed the Homeless is simply feeding the addictions of people who have ruined their lives with drug abuse.

"The homeless get tears in their eyes. They're used to people calling them druggies and looking down at them - they're not used to getting weed from people."

Despite the pushback, there is some research that supports what Weed the Homeless is doing, says psychologist and addictions counselor Joshua Harvey.

"Marijuana has always been a taboo subject in the recovery world, but it can reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse," says Harvey. "A majority of the people on Skid Row suffer from mental health issues...and marijuana can be used as a medicine to help treat addiction and mental health issues."


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