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Prosser schools nix marijuana farmer’s $14,000 donation

Prosser schools nix marijuana farmer’s $14,000 donation

By Ross Courtney
Yakima Herald-Republic

Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent, refused to accept the gift, while the owner of Fireweed Farms expressed surprise and said he’d try donating to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

PROSSER — School officials Monday flatly turned down a $14,000 donation from a local marijuana farmer, taking a strong stand against youth marijuana use.

“We’re not taking it; end of story,” said Ray Tolcacher, Prosser School District superintendent.

The donor, Randy Williams, now is looking for another local recipient.

“I never thought it’d be a problem to give money away,” said the owner of Fireweed Farms, a marijuana producer north of this city of 5,800.

Williams’ next choice is the Prosser branch of the Boys & Girls Club. The youth nonprofit will “evaluate internally,” said Brian Ace, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties.

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