Formerly homeless man gives out socks, cannabis at unusual Saskatoon event

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When Sterling Wilde was on the street, there was one thing he could never find: a pair of clean socks.

After he got off the street and became a cannabis activist, he decided there was one thing that always improved his day: a joint.

Since 2018, Wilde has married his past and his passion by handing out hundreds of socks and pre-rolled joints in a Saskatoon charity event like no other, aptly called TubeZ and DubeZ.

“It’s about starting that conversation. A five-minute conversation can turn your whole day around,” Wilde said.

Last Saturday, hundreds of pairs of socks and joints were handed out in a parking lot in Pleasant Hill.

No formal organization runs the event, but he and friends were able to raise about $4,000 for socks and solicited enough donations to roll hundreds of joints, Wilde said. They also handed out soup and ordered special face masks made of hemp for the event.

Wilde acknowledged it can raise eyebrows, but said both items can make a big difference in…

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