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updated 12/29/2010 3:06:26 PM ET 2010-12-29T20:06:26

A California medical marijuana dispensary has raked in food donations with a unique offer: free pot.

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The Granny Purps dispensary in Soquel, southeast of San Francisco, offered a complimentary marijuana cigarette for every four cans of food a patient brought in this holiday season. Each patient was limited to a maximum of three cigarettes a day.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that the dispensary took in 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of food and handed out 2,000 marijuana cigarettes between November and Christmas Eve, when the promotion ended.

The food was donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

"There are some big contributors, a handful of them, but these food drives from small businesses and other groups really do a lot," Second Harvest's Danny Keith told the Sentinel, adding, "With everything going on in terms of the economy, it's definitely tighter out there. It has been a rough year for everyone, and to have new businesses like Granny Purps pitching in is great."

Granny Purps plans to do it again next year.

Second Harvest, founded in 1972, helps feed about 17,200 different people weekly and 45 percent of its clients are children, the Sentinel reported.

The Associated Press reported.

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