A blood shortage was created by the COVID-19 pandemic, per the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in part because people were delaying medical care during the pandemic “and are now presenting with more advanced disease.”
Cannabis industry member Kristen Yoder started Bud for Blood in May and is continuing its summer campaign through Aug. 15—her birthday—when she will host a LinkedIn Live here at 2 p.m. PT. Yoder has also set up a GoFundMe page to fund administrative, legal and event costs and is extending Bud For Blood beyond the summer.
Yoder noted that cannabis use does not disqualify people from donating blood. “I think stoners would make great donors because I don’t have faith in anything, but I do have faith in cannabis consumers showing up when there’s a need,” she said.
After working in plant-touching segments of the cannabis industry and in an advisory capacity for 12 years, Yoder has more recently been calling herself the “Cynical Stoner,” which she’s made into an apparel company, and the “CannaBS Detector,” which is the name of her podcast. (She is still an adviser in the space, 17 years in.)
The website for Yoder’s The CannaBS Detector podcast states, “The best decisions are informed decisions, and in an industry as new and hyped up in the media as the Cannabis industry is, there are many opportunities for BS to occur,