Berkeley, CA To Offer Low-Income Residents Free Marijuana
The state of California may not have completely solved their marijuana legalization dispute, but one of their cities is finding a loophole to help spread doobie love.
Starting Summer 2015, the city of Berkeley is planning to offer its low-income residents ($32,000 for single households/$46,000 per family) free medical marijuana from a local dispensary if they have a prescription.
Reports Huffington Post:
Under a law passed unanimously by the city council, dispensaries must set aside 2 percent of their pot for distribution to the poor.
“Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore told CBS San Francisco.
“There are some truly compassionate cases that need to have medical marijuana,” Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates told The New York Times. “But it’s expensive. You hear stories about people dying from cancer who don’t have the money.”
“We do this on our own, so we certainly welcome the city mandating that all dispensaries create these sorts of programs,” Sean Luse, chief operating officer of Berkeley Patients Group dispensary, told Berkeleyside over the summer.
Naturally church leaders oppose the plan but as it stands, those living below the poverty level will be lifted up a little higher next year.