Be kind to charity: $8,000 bag of weed found in Boulder donation bin

One of the hallmarks of marijuana culture is the willingness of tokers to share their supply with others. But an incident in Boulder yesterday takes that generosity to a whole new level.

That's because charity workers going through a donation bin found a bag of pot worth approximately $8,000.

Don't look for its contents on the shelves of your local Goodwill, though. The volunteers turned over this gift to members of the Boulder Police Department, who don't plan on putting it up for sale alongside old Carpenters albums and VCRs.

BPD spokeswoman Sarah Huntley has the story:

"One of our local charities has a collection bin outside the Barnes and Noble, at 2915 Pearl Street. From time to time, they go through the inventory -- sort through what's been donated to see what's going to be resold. And about 12:15 p.m. yesterday, they notified the police that they'd found a bag filled with a green, leafy substance.

"When we investigated further, we found that it was marijuana. It was a little less than two pounds, and our officers estimate that it has a street value of about $8,000."

Yes, Huntley confirms, "We will be destroying it. That's our policy."

As for a possible investigation, Huntley says, "There's nothing in the bag that leads us to any better understanding of who it belongs to or why it was left there."

This lack of identification presents a problem for anyone ballsy enough to contact the department to claim they put the marijuana in the bin by accident and they want it back.

"We're not going to just hand over a bag of marijuana to someone who says it was theirs," Huntley points out. "They'd have to have some substantial proof it was theirs and that they had it for a legitimate reason. So I would say that's very unlikely."

Likewise, it's a longshot that the person who put the bag in the bin got a receipt for doing so, which is a pity. After all, the donation would have made one helluva tax deduction -- not to mention a big hit with customers.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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