Colorado Auctions Off Weed-Themed License Plates To Help People With Disabilities
When Colorado officials announced they would start auctioning weed-themed vanity plates on April 1, most people thought it was an April Fool’s joke. But rest assured, the plates are real and all proceeds go to charity.
The Colorado Disability Funding Committee, a government agency that awards grants to organizations working on behalf of the disabled community, is auctioning 14 weed-themed vanity labels to raise funds for future grants. The signs cover all kinds of cannabis terminology, from basics like “HASH”, “BONG” or “HERB” to more heady choices like “GOTWAX”, “ISIT420” or “HONEY”.
The bids on most of these records started at $ 420, of course, but some of the less obvious records like “HAPPY”, “GREEN” and “STASH” started at $ 250. The puns don’t stop there, however – the auction began April 1 at 4:20 pm and ends on April 20 at 4:20 pm. Currently, most records only have a bid or two, but the “TEGRIDY” record – a reference to a fictional weed company in South Park – is already priced at over $ 1200.
“The Colorado Disability Funding Committee had TEGRIDY remove some great HERB-related license plate configurations and make them available to you,” the group wrote in a Facebook post. “Don’t be GREEN with envy, because your neighbors GOTWAX and HONEY are offering a plate and support people with disabilities! Colorado GANJA license plates could make you as HAPPY as your 100% HEMP t-shirt. Let yourself go from SATIVA and INDICA, take off the BONG and use our HASHtags to participate. “
Each page of the auction contains a disclaimer urging people to “use cannabis responsibly within all Colorado laws” and avoid driving while stoned. People living outside of Colorado can also bid on these auctions, but winners outside of the state cannot use these as official, registered license plates. In-state buyers must pay standard DMV registration fees for new license plates in addition to the final auction price.
Ten years ago, the idea of a government charity using weed merch to raise funds would have been too wild to believe. But as the public stigma against cannabis continues to wane, more and more companies are using weeds to promote good causes. Earlier this year, a Michigan weed pharmacy and activists in Washington DC launched separate campaigns to give free joints to anyone who receives a COVID shot.