Brooklyn, NY – One individual has found a unique way to help out the victims of Hurricane Sandy: Selling the (mostly) illegal drug, marijuana.
Speaking to The Huffington Post, the anonymous marijuana dealer said that he donated half of the proceeds made by selling the drug over two days last week to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The marijuana dealer was apparently unconcerned with the ethical implications of donating drug money to the storm’s relief program. After all, victims of Hurricane Sandy need supplies, and the situation does post an interesting question: Should drug money be used by charities? We can debate the merits of the legality or illegality of marijuana all day, but donating drug proceeds to the victims in the Rockaways, some of whom still do not have power, may still prompt some negative emotions.
But the marijuana dealer who donated simply wanted to help out, raising $700 for the cause.
“Look, there are probably some people down there [in the Rockaways] who want some marijuana — but that’s not going to clothe and feed them,” he said. “So in order for me to help, I needed to turn what I do into something concrete that I could give to them.”
The college-educated marijuana dealer said that he told his clients of his intentions, and managed to boost his sales in those two days.
“Yes, I made a little extra money for myself those two days,” the dealer admitted. “But [my clients] are getting something they’d already get anyway. I was going to work regardless, and now I felt like I was doing it with purpose … I’m not doing what I do in order to get rich or create some super marijuana empire. I’m trying to help, and this is my job.”
What do you think? Should Hurricane Sandy relief programs accept the marijuana dealer’s donations? Is money simply money no matter how it’s earned? Is an act of kindness simply that, regardless of the big picture? Sound off on this interesting ethical question below!