The five Shango Premium Cannabis dispensaries in the Portland area combined to give more than $3,000 to two VFW groups and one national veteran’s cannabis organization as part of its Veterans’ Day fundraising efforts. Shango donated the money from sales on Veterans’ Day.
The Hillsboro and Forest Grove locations donated funds from sales that will be used to fund a new roof for VFW Hillsboro Post 2666. “This will go a long way toward completing the job,” said Dan Fink, commander of the Post, said. The check was presented at the December meeting at the VFW Hall, 310 South West Walnut St. in Hillsboro. Fink said not only was the donation a welcome sight, but some of the vets from the post have since tried the non-psychoactive CBD tinctures that are sold at Shango dispensaries.
“A couple guys tried the CBD roll-on for some knee problems and I think you picked up some new customers,” Fink said. “Now we have the understanding that it is not marijuana and you don’t have to smoke it. I think there is a tremendous market for CBD products.” Fink said the United States government needs to change the way cannabis is treated by the FDA.
“The government needs to quit making it a schedule one drug,” he said. “It’s stupid.” Shango’s Harold and Win Sivers locations teamed up to help fund the writing contest and teacher awards at Patriot’s Pen Middle School and Voice of Democracy High School that are sponsored by Peninsula Pep VFW Post 1325. The program was judged by students from the University of Portland.
“The money will help a lot,” said Bruce Hall, post commander. The Shango dispensary in Molalla raised funds the Veterans Cannabis Collective (VCC) in New York state for their new hemp farm that will be run by veterans for veterans. VCC founder Mark Dipasquale said the donation will go toward the farm as well as transition therapy for vets.
“Getting them on the farm and getting them to work is highly important to us,” Dipasquale. The VCC farm will be located in Rochester, N.Y. The group also is opening a chapter soon in Portland. Dipasquale said the group just received its 501 3 c status and the Shango donation was the first it has received as a national nonprofit group. “We branded VCC for vets, and it’s all about veterans,” Dipasquale said. “We’re excited that Shango sees something special in us.”
This was the first year of what Shango executive Julie Dubocq said was only the beginning. “We are committed to helping veteran’s group wherever we can,” Dubocq said. “We want all vets to know they can come to us for relief of the many maladies they face. We know the help our products can provide vets and we want to educate them as well as support their endeavors to help other local veterans.” Dubocq said she hopes to build on this fundraising effort next year and also wants to deliver more informative talks to vet groups as well as local senior citizens.
Shango Premium Cannabis dispensaries in Oregon are located at Shango Forest Grove, 3821 Pacific Avenue, Building A, Forest Grove; Shango Harold, 8056 SE Harold St., (Located at 82nd and Foster), Portland; Shango Hillsboro, 1775 SE Tualatin Valley Highway, Building A, Hillsboro; Shango Molalla, 109 W Main Street, Molalla; and Shango Win Sivers, 6033 NE Win Sivers Drive, (by the airport), Portland.
Shango is a premium cannabis brand licensed to a full range of award-winning cannabis products, including flower, extracts and cannabis-infused edibles, produced by select cultivators and processors in Oregon, Nevada and Washington. The Shango brand also is licensed to six full-service recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries in Oregon and Nevada. A recognized leader in the cannabis marketplace and industry, Shango sets the highest standards for product quality and consistency, and business conduct. Shango is committed to cannabis education and is a fierce advocate of the safe and responsible use of cannabis products.
Source: Shango press release