Education officials in Prosser, Washington, have turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, highlighting the challenges cannabis businesses still face when trying to ingrain themselves in their communities.
Grower Randy Williams previously promised to donate proceeds of a first-of-its-kind marijuana auction to the local school district.
But school officials declined the money, saying they want to take a stand against youth marijuana use, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Ray Tolcacher, the school district’s superintendent, has been one of Prosser’s staunchest opponents of recreational marijuana and has spoken out against the city’s decision to give a permit to a retail outlet in town, according to the Herald-Republic.
“We’re not taking (the money); end of story,” Tolcacher said.