While we hardly need an excuse to get our 420 on, GREEN WEDNESDAY is here, and this year we are upping the ante. For those unfamiliar, Green Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving, and a perfect time to load up on all your green needs before the long holiday weekend. At Friends NYC, we are offering 15% off CBD & Smoke purchased on online this day, and we are also donating a portion of all sales to The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA).
The Drug Policy Alliance’s mission is “to advance those policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies.” This organization is committed to changing the policies that incarcerate (mostly BIPOC) people for petty crimes, typically marijuana-related offenses. Cannabis enforcement disproportionately targets Hispanic/Latinx, Black, Native, and Indigenous people.
There is more public support for marijuana law reform than ever before with polls showing more than half the country is in favor of legalizing marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance believes marijuana should be removed from the criminal legal system and regulated for adult use, with equity, social justice, and community reinvestment at the core.
And they do oh so much more. You could spend hours combing the DPA’s website to check out all their initiatives around policing, the overdose crisis, and marijuana legalization (Do it! You will come out the other side smarter and more conscientious for it). Their new badass executive director, Kassandra Frederique, tackles each of these issues with a racial justice focus. This organization is fighting the good fight to end the preposterous "War on Drugs,” and we are in full support.
You can support too by donating directly to the DPA or by supporting your local small business and making an online purchase today!
In the past, Friends designed and produced a BONG. hat and tee, inspired by the one seen on icon Dennis Rodman. We teamed up with Kingsland Printing (Brooklyn-based, woman-owned BFF business) to create merch in support of the DPA. Today, a percentage of all sales of anything your heart desires at the Friends will be donated to this organization. What about a Green Glass Heart Beaker? Or maybe a Tonic CBD Flight Variety Pack? After all, you get 15% off of all CBD products - including CBD oils, salves, and candy - so get on it!
We hope that you will join us in support of the DPA! Get your goodies while helping to end the War on Drugs and the continued incarceration of people of color. As they say, "It's time for a new approach grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights." We are so thankful for this organization and all of their hard work. And we are thankful for you, our radical friends doing their part.