DC made headlines when cannabis was legalized not too long ago. However, the rules are tricky. Selling weed is still against the law. The only way to obtain some cheeba is to grow it yourself, as there are no dispensaries that sell it. One man took it upon himself to get the trees to the people. He is known as “Mr. Kush God” and took to the U Street and 14th Street corridor, Adams Morgan and Shaw areas in the District, in his wrapped Kush God vehicles between 2 PM to 10 PM to sell high-seekers cannabis-infused edibles, such as brownies and gummies. However, the Kush God has been taken off the streets by DC laws.
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division arrested Nicholas Cunningham, 30, of Birmingham, Alabama (the suspected Mr. Kush God) and Evonne Lidoff, 18, of Northwest, DC, yesterday. The two were charged with “distribution of marijuana.” The boys also seized three Kush God vehicles, including two Mercedes Benzes, wrapped with the cannabis themed artwork.
Mr. Kush God moved his edible operation from LA to DC. He supposed he could circumvent the laws in place by offering hs treats for a donation, according to an October interview with the DCist. “I don’t really have a suggested donation price because I don’t want to turn anyone down,” he said. “But people understand the reality of the situation. Brownies are ten dollars.”
Mr. Kush God grabbed his trees from a local grower and enlisted a local chef to baked up the brownies and gummies that the streets love. He hired locally and paid employees $13 per hour. On his hiring practices, Mr. Kush God explained, “We put blasts out like any other business to announce we’re hiring. This is not just a hustle. We’re going to expand and be able to provide more jobs for people.”
He didn’t feel that the police would be a problem. “[The police] act how you would hope police would be,” Mr. Kush God said. “They stick to real crimes. We’ve had people make calls from businesses if we’re parked out front. That’s happened maybe twice.”
Under DC’s new laws, distributing cannabis can get you up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000. Hopefully, Mr. Kush God can get back to “#HealingTheNation,” like the slogan emblazoned on his vehicles implied, and expand his business. “We want (Kush God cars) like U.S. Post Office vehicles – everywhere,” he said,
Mr. Kush God had plans on making an app as well. “You’ll be able to hook it up with a card so you can give donations right over the app,” he dreamed. “The future of this business is here.”