Marijuana Grower Gives Back to Community

By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer


The Salvation Army's kettle campaign has been given a huge last-minute boost from a surprise source: a local medical marijuana producer.

Representatives of MariCann met Tuesday with the church and handed over a cheque for $10,000 – close to one-eighth of this year's campaign's target in Haldimand-Norfolk.

Initially, MariCann was going to give $2,000 but upped its donation at the last second after hearing the church was $15,000 short of its goal, said company rep Jeff Ayotte.

“We found out this morning there was a deficit for this. The company and employees decided to match (what was needed),” he said.

“We wanted to do something for the community and the Salvation Army is the best way to go.”

Salvation Army Captain Rick Honcharsky said he was “grateful” for the donation.

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Jeff Ayotte (left) of MariCann, a medical marijuana producer in Norfolk County, presented a cheque for $10,000 to Captain Rick Honcharsky of the Simcoe Salvation Army. The money went to the church's kettle campaign. MariCann opened its operations in Norfolk County in 2013. DANIEL R. PEARCE/SIMCOE REFORMER

Jeff Ayotte (left) of MariCann, a medical marijuana producer in Norfolk County, presented a cheque for $10,000 to Captain Rick Honcharsky of the Simcoe Salvation Army. The money went to the church's kettle campaign. MariCann opened its operations in Norfolk County in 2013. DANIEL R. PEARCE/SIMCOE REFORMER

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