Weed website offering federal workers access to cannabis after shutdown


Bethan Rose Jenkins, Cannabis News Writer/Editorial

Federal workers who reside in cannabis-restricted regions can rejoice because a website called BudTrader is presenting federal employees with an opportunity to get their hands on medicinal-grade bud.

Claiming to be “the largest cannabis social media platform,” BudTrader has offered to donate an ounce of pharmaceutical-grade bud to federal employees who cannot – for whatever reason(s) – “pay for their medical cannabis due to the Government shutdown,” according to a company press release.

“I don’t think Federal employees are getting enough love and support, in these tough times, we want to extend the offer of a donation of medical cannabis to any Federal worker affected by the shutdown,” stated the CEO of BudTrader, Brad McLaughlin. “We only hope our actions inspire larger companies to also try and help Federal employees affected by the shutdown.”

BudTrader requests proof from furloughed federal employees

Don’t expect to get free pot if you can’t prove that you are a furloughed federal employee, however. A spokesperson for BudTrader explained to HuffPost that, in order to obtain weed from the company, federal employees must first provide some kind of evidence that they have been laid off.

In some instances, members of staff at BudTrader plan to scour social media pages for proof of employee furloughs. Furthermore, the spokesperson stated that at least five cannabis healthcare specialists have agreed to meet and write a medical cannabis certification for furloughed federal employees.

BudTrader will work with dispensaries across North America

Through collaborating with a network of cannabis dispensaries across North America, BudTrader aims to fulfill the needs of anyone who requests medicinal cannabis after a temporary layoff from federal employment.

The offer is a very generous one, but according to the company’s spokesperson, a mere two federal employees had attended BudTrader’s headquarters in San Diego on the second day following the announcement. A cannabis oil vaporizer pen was given to one of the visitors and for another, a pet owner whose dog has currently prescribed Prozac, BudTrader provided CBD-laced treats.

Since government employees have been prohibited from using cannabis under federal law, even in states whereby the plant has been legalized, consumers are taking heed by approaching the BudTrader offer with caution.

Prescriptions are requested by BudTrader, as well as proof that the individual requesting the medicine is not in a position to afford it, due to temporary federal employment layoff.

Anyone who thinks they may qualify to receive free weed as a federal employee should email [email protected].