Sexy Pizza offers med. marijuana patient narced on by Papa John's driver free 'za each month

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This week, William Breathes told the story of medical marijuana patient Rick Smith, who was narced on by a Papa John's driver. Smith was pissed about the delivery guy calling the cops -- but things worked out pretty well for him in the end. Denver's Sexy Pizza is now offering him a free pizza every month for a year -- and maybe for life.

Here's how Breathes described Smith's tale:

Smith says he logged back on to his computer and picked a pizza to be delivered from a nearby Papa John's on South Chambers, paying for both the pie and pre-tipping the driver online. He then sent his nine-year-old daughter upstairs to take a bath while they waited for the pizza to arrive.

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Back downstairs, Smith -- a Colorado medical marijuana cardholder -- smoked a quick bowl and then sat down to play some video games. A few minutes later, the pizza guy showed up at his door with his 'za and a two-liter bottle of Sprite.

Not a half-hour later, Smith says he heard pounding at the door. "I immediately knew that it was the police knocking by the sound of it," Smith says. "I opened they door, and there was an Aurora Police officer."

Smith says the policeman explained that dispatch had received a call from a Papa John's pizza delivery driver saying there were small children around people smoking pot. The cop told Smith that the department policy is to check up on situations where children may be in danger.

Floored, Smith pulled out his medical card and explained to the police officer what had happened. He also pointed out that the driver had likely seen the children's playhouse in the driveway. Smith said the police officer went out to his cruiser to verify his red card, returning a few minutes later with a sorry.

Afterward, Smith called the local Papa John's branch to complain, but the manager there defended the driver's actions. Likewise, the national office didn't reach out to Smith, who wanted some kind of disciplinary action taken against the driver.

Into the breach step the Sexy Pizza folks. They're offering Smith a free pizza every month until November 2012, at which point voters will likely have a chance to weigh in on the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would decriminalize pot in small quantities for adult recreational use and set up a regulatory system within state government. And if the measure is enacted, Sexy Pizza owner Kayvan S.T. Khalatbari promises to give Smith a free pizza every month for the rest of his life.

Is Smith accepting the deal? Damn straight. He told the Sexy Pizza crew he's eagerly awaiting his free 'zas.

As for Khalatbari, co-owner of the Denver Relief dispensary, who sets aside $1 from the sale of three different pizzas for cannabis advocacy groups like SAFER, Sensible Colorado and the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America, he released a statement saying, "We want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong with medical marijuana. This man was simply living his life, legally and in his own home, when Papa John's decided to question his rights, waste our city's resources and attempt to ruin a perfectly good relationship between pizza and marijuana."

That relationship appears to be back on track.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act endorsed by ACLU, petition signatures reach 60,000."

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Danelle
Danelle

to Laura_RT:Kind Meds MMC is offering $10 1/8th's of Banana Kush for all cancer/survivor patients. They are a very caring and knowledgeable MMC. You can visit them at:http://www.denvermedicalmariju... or call 303-993-4451. Located on 936 S. Federal Blvd in Denver.

Scretch
Scretch

Haha i remember when this sexy pizza's owner commented on the original story and also saw his offers on the pappa johns colorado site in the comments section. WTG i wish you prosperity and a happy Halloween. 

zedos
zedos

lesson learned: don't tip the papa john's driver ahead of time! ya never know....

swed
swed

It's funny how drastic some people consider marijuana to be. I lived in Canada for 4 years after moving there from Houston Texas, at first I considered chron to be a menace, I was actually afraid of it!That was, however, before I tried the world class marijuana that BC supplies to the great white north. Now I can't imagine being cautious about marijuana, it's almost seems silly or naive to consider it a threat. I understand there are some people with predispositions to psychosis, which under certain circumstances marijuana CAN inadvertently trigger.I've never encountered this, but the drug affects everyone (I've known) in similar ways: munchies, cotton-mouth, and burning out.The sooner people educate themselves on marijuana instead of adopting an ignorant bias against the substance, the sooner we (as a society) can effectively take a stance on whether it's truly worth the negative affects. Until then, I'll gladly eat junk food, hydrate, and take a nap.

Oh and Papa John's probably should have apologized. Stoners are half their customers.

No1princess1976
No1princess1976

stoners and drunks are half their customers..but stoners and drunks are customers of any delivery business cuz they too lazy to get off the couch to make food for themselves so they have to have it delivered..papa johns should have apologized to the customer but the driver was only doing what he thought was best and if it was a misunderstanding he too should have apologized..many ppl smoke medical marijuana but its almost the same as the real thing and should not be smoked around children..same as cigarettes..and alcohol should not be abused around children either..it sets a bad example..but making this huge of a deal over a small mistake is totally stupid and everyone on this list needs to lay off the bong and get a life

Scretch
Scretch

People get sick of cooking sometimes and order a pizza. It's naive to think that people that order in are thought of as lazy. Most everyone has ordered in before, b/c they are tired from working too much or maybe want a night off in the kitchen duty. 

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

It's good to know that medical marijuana is ALMOST the same as the real thing!

jenkem
jenkem

you losers and your medical marijuana! I always get hella DRUNK, pop a few xanax my doctor prescribed me, and order pizza. Pizza is best when I'm drunk, especially Papa John's pizza. Sometimes my kids have to wake me up from the couch so I can pay the delivery driver, and often I"m so drunk, I pass out before I eat my pizza. But whatever, at least I'm not a stoner!

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Nothing goes better with breadsticks and dipping sauce than a handful of oxy.

Everyoneshutup
Everyoneshutup

Seriously, sexy pizza is probably the worst pizza ever.  Not only was it crappy pizza but every employee has some hipster beard , and i totally found a beard hair in my pizza.  Waaaaay gross.....

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

I just knew that coward ass snitch would turn up eventually.

concerned guest
concerned guest

Uhm, H-E-L-L-O, is no one else concerned that this man was getting high as he was the primary caretaker of his 9 year old daughter?! Where's Social Services when you need it.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Alcohol is a factor in 73% of child beating cases. Are you now going to insist that all Pizza delivery services call the cops when they know that parents are having a beer? 

Or will you admit to being a raving hypocrite?

DoctorG
DoctorG

Okay Mr. "concerned guest". I'm a stay at home dad with three children. I can't work right now do to an injured back and impending surgery. I'm also I medical marijuana patient. I medicate 3-4 times a day. When I'm medicating myself I use a vaporizer. If I'm not using my vaporizer, I go outside. Either way, I'm still home with my children while I'm medicating. Now, before you go and get all judgmental, I'm a very responsible parent. I spend a lot of time with my kids and educate them so that they know the difference between recreational use and medical use. I don't use it in front of them, ever. But they do know the difference. By that default, my children are less ignorant than you. Correct? It sure seems that way. Sounds like you need to educate yourself.

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Yes, where the hell is Social Services? Someone should call them and turn in Papa Johns for delivering greasy food to the home of a minor.

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

Nope.

He might have had a marijuana induced psychosis and gone crazy right ?

UpsetCustomer
UpsetCustomer

I agree with Some where along the way the argument of minors involved seemed to not make sense at all. I know children under 10, who come from loving, happy homes, who know how to make a high ball already. I have seen a four yr old open a bottle of wine better than I ever could. How this is okay, but being high in front of your children is so taboo, I will never know. Personally, when I was going through chemo/radiation from a bought with cancer, my 7-10 yr olds were the ones who made sure I took my pills correctly every day. That was something we did to make the kids more involved in the process but my kids to this day can tell you a whole lot about pills, what they do, which are for what, ect. I still cringe when I hear it, but that was what we did. My kids knowing I was living off of every pain med out there is nothing different than smoking a bowl for the same thing. I don't get how its good one way, but not the other. We need to stop with all this back and forth business. I think it comes down to that dude should've minded his own business, papa johns should've retracted to the customer and we would have all moved on. Good marketing on Sexy Pizza's part, HELL YES! Putting your pot smoking customer up there in importance is VERY SMART sales as well. If they delivered to my area (westminster) than I would order from them and only them. Great looking out Sexy Pizza!Kayvan Khalatbari 

Ralphmalf
Ralphmalf

Add me to the list of people who won't buy Papa Johns ever again. Good pizza, shitty employees cancel each other out. Next they'll call the city to tell them I need to mow my lawn.

Instntkrma
Instntkrma

we were VERY REGULAR papa johns customers. we're done!

Shane
Shane

I think I will order a Papa John's pizza for lunch to support good morals and supporting their employee for doing the right thing!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

You'd better hurry!  — About 1,200 employees at 72 Papa John’s pizza franchises in Colorado and Minnesota could go without paychecks for at least two weeks after the owner filed bankruptcy at the end of September.

Jim
Jim

Eating that that processed diarrhea and cheese will adversely affect your health far more than cannabis ever will, hope you enjoy your "meal" Mrs. Reagan!

Jim
Jim

Sorry, only needed one "that."

Kyle
Kyle

Would you support the same decision if the driver called the cops because a parental guardian was consuming alcohol in front of a minor in their own home?

LarryQ5
LarryQ5

Make sure you order that with pompus and extra ignorance.

guest
guest

I am in support for medical marijuana, but to smoke weed in your house with a minor....dude had a right to be concerned...just sayin'

Instntkrma
Instntkrma

ignorance.

guest
guest

Ignorant? For being concerned with someone smoking inside the house when a child is inside? This is why we can't legalize marijuana. 

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

Yeah, when I was a teenager, I had a much easier time getting marijuana than I did alcohol OR cigarettes. You had to find an adult who was willing to buy them for you whereas with weed, your friendly neighborhood drug dealer was more than happy to supply it for you. (It's not like he had to worry about losing his marijuana license)

And, the gov't could tax the hell out of it like they do cigarettes and maybe take a step toward allieviating the national debt. It would be a win-win. But the whole 'reefer madness' thing has fostered an ignorance about marijuana that, sadly, isn't going away anytime soon. It's a shame really.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Thanks Laura for taking the trouble to explain to that hating hypocrite what this is all about!

If that guy wishes to protect kids then why is he still helping to make/keep marijuana easily available for kids? - - Marijuana is a God-Send to the sick and suffering everywhere, and In spite of what he may believe, keeping it illegal does not keep it away from children! Marijuana is easily obtainable in almost every school in the US. Legalized regulation would put schoolyard drug dealers out of business! Why is it so difficult for him to understand that there would be less marijuana in US schools if it was legally regulated? Could it possibly be willful ignorance?

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

#1. Why do you rejoice at the fact that we have all been stripped of our 4th amendment rights and are now totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government with a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary?

#2. Why do you wish to continue to spend $50 billion a year to prosecute and cage your fellow citizens for choosing drugs which are not more dangerous than those of which you yourself use and approve of such as alcohol and tobacco?

#3. Do you honestly expect the rest of us to look on passively while you waste another trillion dollars on this ruinously expensive garbage policy?

#4. Why are your waging war on your own family, friends and neighbors?

#5. Why are you so complacent with the fact that our once 'free & proud' nation now has the largest percentage of it's citizenry incarcerated than any other on the entire planet?

#6. Why are you helping to fuel a budget crisis to the point of closing hospitals, schools and libraries?

#7. Why do you rejoice at wasting precious resources on prohibition related undercover work while rapists and murderers walk free, while additionally, many cases involving murder and rape do not even get taken to trial because law enforcement priorities are subverted by your beloved failed and dangerous policy?

#8. Why are you such a supporter of the 'prison industrial complex' to the extent of endangering our own children?

#9. Will you graciously applaud, when due to your own incipient and authoritarian approach, even your own child is caged and raped?

* It is estimated that there are over 300,000 instances of prison rape a year.* 196,000 are estimated to happen to men in prison.* 123,000 are estimated to happen to men in county jail.* 40,000 are estimated to be committed against boys in either adult prisons or while in juvenile facilities or lock ups.* 5000 women are estimated to be raped in prison. 

#10. And will you also applaud when your own child, due to an unnecessary and counter productive felony conviction, can no longer find employment?

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

He was not smoking in the presence of a child so your whole line of argument is totally mute!

Prohibition has triggered the worst crime wave in history, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has escalated the number of people on welfare who can't find employment due to their felony status, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has creating a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has made dangerous substances available in schools and prisons, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has creating a prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords, so how has that helped our kids? 

Prohibition has removed many important civil liberties from their parents, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has put many previously unknown and contaminated drugs on our streets, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has escalating Theft, Muggings and Burglaries, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has overcrowding the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others, so how has that helped our kids?

Prohibition has evolved local street gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal, so how has that helped our kids?

Scretch
Scretch

Sorry bro. I think Laura's argument blew yours into the water.

Fixda Fernback
Fixda Fernback

Yes, because that federal law is clearly not 1)hypocritical 2)infringing upon personal freedoms and 3)ignorant (at least this last one, you could probably relate to, huh?)

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Very interesting post, Laura. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Laura_RT
Laura_RT

I am a cancer survivor. Because of the radiation treatment, necrosis has set in the bone of my jaw. Any movement of my jaw is quite painful (Especially chewing), making it very difficult for me to eat. And when it's painful to chew, you find yourself taking in smaller and smaller meals. This is a condition that has been a problem for me for well over two years now. I am 5'6'' and I currently weigh 103 lbs, but my weight has dropped as low as 82 lbs. I have fainted on more than one occasion from malnutrition.  My doctor wants to put me on methadone to treat the pain. This narcotic is, too me, quite a bit scarier than marijuana will ever be.

Marijuana has quite literallly saved my life. Pain pills cause nausea, constipation, addiction, and there's always the ever- present concern of overdosing.

Second hand tobacco smoke is far more harmful to a child than marijuana smoke will ever be and smoking cigarettes with your child in the home is prefectly legal, so that argument doesn't fly with me. (I smoke both, but do it in the garage for the sake of my children's lungs)

I do not live in a medical marijuana state. Are you suggesting that I should starve to suit you and lawmakers? Would it be better for my kids if they came home from school to find me dead from malnutrition as opposed to having a mommy who smokes a little weed? Or for them to see me all pilled out on methadone? People like you are ignorant and lack even the most basic principles of compassion.   .  

guest
guest

He's already breaking federal law, just take it outside!

Rickandthesmiths
Rickandthesmiths

The only place you are allowed to smoke legally in Colorado is inside your home.  What was this guy to do?

Pete
Pete

Yes, he has a right to be concerned about whatever he wants to be concerned about.  And we who understand that MJ is not a dangerous substance have the right to take our business elsewhere.  

What are you so concerned about?  Do you feel the same about booze, cigarettes and pills being consumed in a home where a child resides?

guest
guest

Of course I would be concerned if it were booze, cigarettes and pills too. If the driver could smell it, then the child could smell it. Just take it outside.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Alcohol is a factor in the following:

* 73% of all felonies * 73% of child beating cases * 41% of rape cases * 80% of wife battering cases * 72% of stabbings * 83% of homicides.

According to the Australian National Drug Research Institute (2003): "Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs are prematurely killing around seven million people worldwide each year, and robbing tens of millions more of a healthy life. The research into the global burden of disease attributable to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs found that in 2000, tobacco use was responsible for 4.9 million deaths worldwide, equating to 71 percent of all drug-related deaths. Around 1.8 million deaths were attributable to the use of alcohol (26 percent of all drug-related deaths), and illicit drugs (heroin, cocaine and amphetamines) caused approximately 223,000 deaths (3 percent of all drug-related deaths)."

According to DrugRehabs.Org, national mortality figures for 2009 were:  tobacco  435,000;  poor diet and physical inactivity  365,000;  alcohol  85,000; microbial agents  75,000;  toxic agents  55,000; motor vehicle crashes  26,347; adverse reactions to prescription drugs 32,000;  suicide  30,622;  incidents involving firearms  29,000;  homicide  20,308;  sexual behaviors  20,000;  all illicit drug use, direct and indirect  17,000; and marijuana 0.

Apart from the fact that legal drugs kill far more people than all the illegal drugs combined, debating whether a particular drug is harmless or not is missing the whole point. Are drugs like Heroin, Meth or Alcohol dangerous? It simply doesn't matter, because if we prohibit them then we sure as hell know that it makes a bad situation far worse. If someone wants to attempt to enhance or destroy their lives with particular medicines or poisons, that should be their business, not anybody else's. Their lives aren't ours to direct. And anyway, who wants to give criminals a huge un-taxed, endless revenue stream?

A great many of us are slowly but surely wising up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco, clearly two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant and irrational minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to your absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.

Guest
Guest

How about you stay the fuck out of other people's lives? This kinda shit was the norm in the Stalinist USSR -- if you want that type of fascist police-state bullshit I recommend moving your ass to North Korea.

Pete
Pete

How near?

guest
guest

If he were super drunk? Not okay...would you be okay smoking near a child? Either cigarettes or weed...

Pete
Pete

So now your not concerned about booze?  Please make up your mind.

guest
guest

Beer doesn't have second hand smoke

Pete
Pete

So you are telling me that you support delivery drivers calling the police when they see a customer drinking a beer in front of a child?  Really?????

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