As you know, the world is facing a gigantic garbage problem and the German native, who now lives in Jamaica, was sick of seeing the beaches covered in rubbish and plastic, so he came up with the idea of gifting a ‘pure ganja no tobacco added’ joint to people that gifted him a bucket of rubbish.
So, let’s get this right – there’s a clean beach in front of you and you have the satisfaction of being a part of its cleanliness.
We must make it clear, though – this is solely a gift exchange and not a transaction, because that would be illegal.
The idea came to 33-year-old Marian after he became ‘totally upset’ with all the rubbish and, more specifically, plastic. He went and rolled 56 joints, equalling 56 grams of marijuana.
You might wonder: why so specific? Well, there’s method in his genius madness, because Marian knows that, under Jamaican law, 56 grams is the maximum amount of the stuff a person can carry that is punishable by – at most – a negligible fine, as opposed to an arrest or a criminal record.
Marian said, “For us, it is not possible to trade or change ganja for trash or anything, we just don’t have the license and no permit for it. I was just totally upset with all the garbage around us, so the last months I did a lot of research about trash, especially about plastic trash. I often saw some pics where people offered free coffee for a bucket of trash. My girlfriend made a joke, she said, ‘In Jamaica, we should offer free spliffs.’”
Marian placed a sign at Long Bay Beach in Jamaica, and in just 30 minutes, a beachgoer came and asked a bucket from him.
Marian continued: “One of the funniest things about all that, the two buckets I bought were more expensive than all the joints.
“The buckets are at the bar next to my sign, so take up a bucket, walk the beach, fill it, bring it to the bar and get a spliff. These are presents.
“All the garbage which is collected will be taken by the local garbage collection; they take it to the landfills.”
And on the matter of the beach, Marian told LADbible: “This beach is on the east coast. The water flow brings a lot of garbage to the the beach, mostly plastics, all different kinds from all over the world.
“If you look where some of these products are produced or where they come from, you see a big amount of it is not originally from Jamaica.”
This means that the water flow brings a lot of garbage into the beach, and most of them are plastic garbage.
Well, we must agree that Marian tackled the problem in a good way and we hope to see more people follow his example.