The Thanksgiving table at the home of dispensary owners Joshua Corbett and Tifini Scarcella boasts quite the spread. Corbett, who is Black, married the Italian-American Scarcella in 2010, and their feast resembles a tasty mashup of their respective cultures and traditional fare.
“It’s my favorite holiday,” Corbett says. “Our table looks pretty good now. There’s things like collard greens, cranberry sauce, a little pasta and a whole bunch of rare cheeses.”
Corbett and Scarcella own Buku Loud, one of the most popular medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado Springs. But a sizable number of residents have also heard of Buku Loud thanks to the couple’s turkey and teddy bear drive, which is now one of the state’s largest food drives around Thanksgiving.
In 2018, the same year the dispensary opened, they held their first Thanksgiving drive, giving away around 130 turkeys on a couple of fold-out tables. Four years later, the total reached 2,000. This year, the couple led an effort that provided over 3,000 turkeys to those in need, and the meal didn’t end there.
Corbett and Scarcella’s Thanksgiving giveaway on Saturday, November 18, boasted a free farmers’ market complete with sweet potatoes, onions, gravy kits and over 1,000 apple pies, as well as hundreds