SF medical marijuana clubs fund gun buyback event

San Francisco's cannabis businesses want illegal guns off the streets — and they're willing to pay for it.

A gun buyback in South of Market this weekend — on the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre in Connecticut — is being underwritten by three medical marijuana dispensaries and a prominent marijuana attorney.

South of Market dispensaries The Green Door and Barbary Coast, Tenderloin-area Grassroots and law firm Hallinan & Hallinan contributed $35,000 to provide the funds necessary to buy back the illegal firearms, attorney Brendan Hallinan said Monday.

“It's giving back a little bit to law enforcement, contributing to public safety,” Hallinan said. “And pot clubs are often accused of creating crime, of causing robberies. … We wanted to counter that a little bit.”

The buyback is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at nonviolence advocates United Playaz, 1038 Howard St.

Anyone turning in a handgun will receive $100. Assault weapons will fetch $200. All guns are accepted, no questions asked by law enforcement.

Afterward, a vigil to commemorate the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre will take place at U.N. Plaza at 2 p.m.

Gun buybacks in The City have proven successful, though finding funding has always been a question. Some buybacks have relied on public funds, while others have used crowdsourcing.

It's believed this is the first time businesses dealing in marijuana have funded a gun buyback.

“We want to participate in society, we want to contribute,” said Mike Nolin, the founder of The Green Door and CEO of medical cannabis consulting firm Boss Enterprises.

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