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In Nevada’s first full year of taxable pot sales, $27.5 million tax dollars are now being spent on school funding, as well as $42.5 million for the state’s “rainy day” fund. While this is promising, there are still thousands of people out there who do not share in these gains because of their education, income or lack of mobility. Pisos dispensaryin Las Vegas realized this vast social and economic challenge and decided to do something about it.
Since its inception, Pisos has had a generously charitable mindset when it comes to those who have less. “We all have challenges in our lives, but we need to put things in perspective and help those who may have it more difficult than us,” says co-owner Chad Christensen when discussing Pisos’ Pay It Forward Program, which helps those in low-income communities pay for their groceries and goods.
The shophas also been a firm supporter of our military and veterans. In August of last year, Pisosdonated a $27,000 check to Veterans Village, a transitional and permanent housing residence for United States veterans operated by SHARE, a nonprofit organization. They also donated another $10,000 this past Veteran’s Day to fund housing for female veterans. These types of contributions help build homes and provide education, job training and physical and mental health programs for those who might never receive it otherwise.
“We all have challenges in our lives, but we need to put things in perspective and help those who may have it more difficult than us.” – Chad Christensen, Pisos co-owner
Canned food drives and cash donations are also run year-round. During Thanksgiving, Pisosstaff volunteered at a local soup kitchen to help feed those without a home and a warm meal. Pisos alsorecently chose one of the poorest schools in Las Vegas and donated 40 computers and computer carts so lower-income families could have access to the same education and technology as neighboring schools.
In the current federal landscape, nothing is deductible in the cannabis industry. Not charities or nonprofits — nothing. These donations are not for write-offs. Every contribution made by Pisos comes from the heart. I’m writing this piece in hopes that more dispensaries will follow suit and start their own programs to help groups who need our support. Pisosis setting the standard in Nevada for humanitarianism and philanthropic work, and with the help of more like-minded dispensaries, we can support even more at-risk communities in the years to come.