After being twice rejected, a Prosser pot farmer this week found two homes for the $14,000 donation he’s been shopping around Benton County after holding the state’s first-ever pot auction last month.
The bulk of the money — about $13,000 — is headed to an anonymous family in the Prosser area, while the rest is going to the Prosser VFW, according to the Yakima-Herald.
Fireweed Farms owner Randy Williams raised the majority of the $14,000 from the sale of a low-grade marijuana lot during a backyard pot auction Nov. 15 where Williams netted about $600,000 from the legal sale of about 400 pounds.
Williams initially tried to donate the $14,000 to the Prosser School District, but the school board swiftly rejected the offer.
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He most recently was turned down by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, which said the donation’s origins distracted from the organization’s mission. Executive Director Brian Ace said Tuesday that the donation would have been among the largest the group annually receives.
“I would definitely call $14,000 a significant donation,” Ace said.
The proposed donation was vetted internally, including by an advisory board and the group’s board of directors, before being turned down this week.
“It was definitely a difficult decision,” Ace said. “We do appreciate the (proposed) gift.”
Ace acknowledged that the nonprofit accepts donations from wineries and the related wine industry. He said the organization is reviewing its gift-acceptance policies, but does not plan to address marijuana industry-related gifts at this time.
VFW officials could not be reached about their plans for the donation.