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Medical marijuana community blood drive links Bonfils, Twirling Hippy

Medical marijuana users: Colorado again wants your blood.

But this time, it's okay to give it up, because Twirling Hippy Confections owner Jessica LeRoux has organized the first Medical Cannabis Community Blood Drive through Bonfils.

LeRoux is hoping the medical marijuana community -- patients, caregivers, MMC owners and operators -- can be the largest donors this summer.

The two-week drive kicks off July 17. All you need to do is go to a Bonfils location and identify yourself as a member of the drive with the code 7165. LeRoux is also holding a kickoff breakfast at 7:30 a.m. that morning at Great Lawn Park, 1101 Yosemite, just 300 yards from a Bonfils branch.

LeRoux says the drive is partly in response to the increased need in the summer months for donated blood -- in large part due to increased traffic accidents. But she says the ulterior motive is to make a statement to law enforcement groups that have tried to pin any rise in traffic accidents on increased medical marijuana use in Colorado.

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Jessica LeRoux.
"Not only do the statistics not back those claims up, but it is my intent to show that the cannabis community can do much to offset all traffic accidents via voluntarily donating blood to help ensure blood is available when it is needed, and by being one of the largest donor drives of the summer if we all participate," LeRoux says.

And yes, you can be a medical marijuana user (or just a regular old toker) and still donate. Just don't show up with beady red eyes, resin stains on your lips and smoke still fuming from your nose and you should be good to go. Unlike some organizations, Bonfils doesn't care about your marijuana use.

According to Bonfils spokeswoman Dianna Hemphill, "Bonfils Blood Center, as is the case with many other blood centers across the industry, does not defer donors for marijuana use unless the donor is visibly impaired or has another condition for which he/she is using medical marijuana such as cancer that would preclude him/her from donation."

Also keep in mind that giving up a quart pint of blood makes some people very lightheaded for a while afterwards, which LeRoux says patients should plan for just in case. "I will strongly warn potential donors to keep their nanograms in check, because donating blood makes you woozy enough. And we don't need anybody getting a THC DUI as thanks for their good deeds."

If you've still got questions about whether or not you should be giving blood, you can check out Bonfils "Am I Eligible to Donate?" page. Donations can be made at any of the seven Bonfils locations, as well as their mobile blood centers. Anyone looking to book a group donation should call 303-363-2300 and make an appointment.

More from our Marijuana archive: "MMJ stash at Auraria could be country's biggest collection of marijuana magazines" and "Statewide dispensary moratorium ends, new applications slow to come in."


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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

It ain't illiteracy, it's the particular argot of that industry, your ignorance of it notwithstanding.

Donna Shegonee
Donna Shegonee

Wish I could donate,  but my health prevents me unfortunately I am in the exclusion list (Know for years).  None the less I wish you great success with the blood drive

Mmj Patient
Mmj Patient

You got my help, Jessica. A family member of mine needed many a transfusion this last year, and this is the least I can do to start repaying... Thank you for your kind and generous work!

Lady
Lady

Hey guest if you or yours have received any blood transfusion in the past eleven years in Colorado you might have gotten my blood already, and you can thank Phil Lesh for that fact! I am a proud multi-gallon donor... If your blood is better than mine, cool, bring it on over to Bonfils and show your compassion! 

Lady
Lady

I have been giving blood for years, and the industry uses the term defer to let somebody know they are not eligible for any number of reasons including blood iron content etc... Defer is considered a gentler term and inclusive of all reasons without stigmatizing a person whose intentions are good! 

Lady
Lady

hey Y'all it's Jessica, feel free to take your pot-shots!  So basically we are over 48 hours away from the kick off of this event and we have 32 predominately negative comments, way to go guys! I would like to suggest that anybody who has posted here already is "committed" to backing up their bile with a bit of their blood... I think I may have finally hit upon the ideal way for all the westword blogophiles who repeatedly call for Donkey's blood to safely get it at last!  In closing y'all need to keep the bitching on hold till after Tuesday and then you can come back here and say how easy it was to actually give something you made with your heart (if you have one) and feel free to bitch, moan and post irrelevant shit about other causes to your hearts content! after all maybe I only did this to create some MMJ relevant news so y'all could be semi relevant in the blog world for one more day!  I would love to see this comment section blow up after Tuesday with people logging in to say giving blood is easy, free, and painless... you dont have to be an MMJ user to support this cause, so bring a friend, coworker or family member out, use code 7165 and go to a fun meal or for ice cream afterwards...  Cannabis users are not Colorado's problem, we are helping with solutions though! 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

As your obvious auto-immune disease consumed all the brain cells of its new host

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Wow! ... two of your synapses finally fired in sequence.

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

You drive from Wyoming to Mexico every week?

Ice Pick
Ice Pick

Nothing will ever "Cure Cancer" because "Cancer" is a class of disease not a specific disease.  Breast Cancer is not Testicular Cancer. 

James
James

 Thank you for your work, Jessica! They will be getting my blood because of you and your devotion.

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