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Oakland police collect guns in a buy-back program last weekend that was bankrolled by a medical marijuana dispensary. Photo: Associated Press / SF Read more: sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Gun-buyback-program-funded-by-pot-club-4141157
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It turns out that last weekend's big Oakland-San Francisco gun buyback - which took more than 600 firearms off the streets - was bankrolled in large part by a $100,000 donation from a medical pot club.
"It's part of the philosophy we practice called capitalism with a conscience," said Keith Stephenson, the low-key executive director of Oakland's Purple Heart Patient Center.
The unique blending of pot and policing began one afternoon outside Oakland police headquarters a few weeks back when Stephenson bumped into Capt. Ersie Joyner.
"He said he wanted to make a contribution to the community for the holidays," Joyner said.
The usual suggestions, such as food and toy drives, didn't interest him much. "I wanted to do more than buy a few turkeys for the holidays," Stephenson said.

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