Who Needs Donors? Arts Group Starts Selling Pot

Group expects to raise $1M from marijuana
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2010 4:00 PM CDT
Marijuana plants, saviors of the arts.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

(Newser) – When the directors of the nonprofit foundation Life Is Art found it increasingly hard to raise cash from recession-strapped donors, they decided to embrace a new revenue source: marijuana. Life Is Art's director owns land in California's Sonoma County, so the group has been growing varieties known as O.G. Kush and Cherry Pie. It sold its first batch to medical marijuana users earlier this month, reports the New York Times.

The group expects to raise $1 million from its harvest this year, funneling it back into the farm and the arts scene in New Orleans, where the foundation operates. “The whole game of finding support just started to seem so childish,” foundation director Kirsha Kaechele explains. “So I decided to grow up and became a marijuana farmer.”

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