The weed-friendly community is notoriously not notorious.  We’re just easy-going, happy, independent and communal folks who only wish the best for everyone and everything.  “Whatever makes you happy, man.”  Cool.  Well, what makes WeedStream happy is when our community takes a stand and does good things to help others.  And did we mention that we like to get high?  Well, that’s where the two worlds collide with WeedStream’s Karma Jar.

Below is a list of meaningful non-profit organizations that are helping socialize cannabis into America’s culture in productive ways.  Please take time to see the cool initiatives that you can support with your time or money.

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NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

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To inspire hope and contribute to the health and well being of American Veterans dealing with PTSD by providing a positive outlet through art.

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Cannabis Patients Alliance is an alliance of patients, families, organizations, businesses, advocates, activists and other supporters who work together to protect and advance the rights of patients who choose to use medical cannabis (marijuana) to treat whatever their condition may be.

We believe in safe, legal, affordable access to medical marijuana in whatever way works best for the patient: home growing, caregivers, medical marijuana industry, retail marijuana industry or pharma and access should be available through any and all of those means.

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The Clinic is a strong believer in giving back to the community. Over the past few years, the Clinic has been recognized for its continued support of the National MS Society. Through the annual Clinic Charity Golf Tournament and the Walk MS, the Clinic has raised over $100,000 for the National MS Society in the state of Colorado in 2014 alone. Additionally, the Clinic is an active participant and supporter of Colorado’s Pride Fest, an annual celebration.

The Denver Relief GREEN TEAM is a volunteer group, co-founded by Denver Relief owners Kayvan Khalatbari and Ean Seeb in 2009. The Denver Relief GREEN TEAM focuses on cannabis business professionals and cannabis consumers working together in volunteer projects that benefit the community. Often referred to as simply the “Green Team,” the philanthropy organization began by cleaning up after public cannabis rallies and events such as Denver’s 4/20 Rally. The GREEN TEAM continues to raise money for charitable causes, providing volunteer support at events, repairing wheelchairs and bikes, and urban gardening efforts. The Denver Relief GREEN TEAM has brought together over 250 active cannabis industry volunteers in Colorado that help the organization through community service to improve the once very negative public perception of cannabis. Check out the GREEN TEAM on Facebook!

MISSION: The mission of Grow for Vets is to help reduce the staggering number of Veterans who die each day from suicide and prescription drug overdose. Grow for Vets provides Veterans with the knowledge and resources necessary to obtain or grow their own cannabis for treatment of their medical conditions.

VISION: To raise awareness by enlisting the public’s aid and support in ensuring that all injured and wounded Veterans receive the respect and dignity of life that they deserve.

PURPOSE: To provide Veterans with unique products, programs and services designed to assist them in living with injuries sustained while protecting our freedom. Grow for Vets is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Colorado.

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The Harm Reduction Action Center has committed itself to serving Colorado’s public health by working to reduce the harms associated with drug use.  Since 2002, our organization has provided direct services that curb the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and accidental overdoses among people who inject drugs.  To bolster our direct service efforts, the Harm Reduction Action Center also works closely with lawmakers, healthcare providers, law enforcement, and the general community towards a common vision of a healthy and safe Colorado.

Sensible Colorado envisions a system where drug use becomes a health issue, not a crime issue, through innovative drug policy reform that focuses on prevention and harm reduction education, provides accessible treatment opportunities, and reduces incarcerations, crime, drug use by minors, and strains on the judicial system and police departments while increasing the resources available for healthcare and treatment.

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The mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.

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Official state information on the laws & health effects of retail marijuana.

Students for Sensible Drug Policy is an international grassroots network of students who are concerned about the impact drug abuse has on our communities, but who also know that the War on Drugs is failing our generation and our society. SSDP mobilizes and empowers young people to participate in the political process, pushing for sensible policies to achieve a safer and more just future, while fighting back against counterproductive Drug War policies, particularly those that directly harm students and youth.

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