Pot dispensary hosts holiday food and toy drive

Purple Cross Rx, the medical marijuana dispensary that is battling San Benito County in order to stay open on Bolsa Road, is conducting a holiday toy and food drive through Christmas Eve.

Scott McPhail, the Purple Cross director, encouraged people to stop by the dispensary to donate canned food, gently-used clothes or unwrapped toys.

Asked if he has partnered with local charities or organizations, he said, “I tried but I got some resistance from some of them.”

Instead, he expects to donate items to the Salvation Army or a local food bank.

Purple Cross, which opened on the busy thoroughfare between Hollister and Gilroy the day after Christmas 2010, is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1980 Bolsa Road.

Check in next week for a story on the ongoing legal battle between the county and Purple Cross.

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