California city mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents

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California city mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents

Published by foxnews.com

ebtcard_signWeed welfare?

That’s what the Berkeley City Council in California has unanimously approved, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their stash to patients making less than $32,000 a year.

The new welfare program in the liberal-leaning city is set to launch in August 2015.

The ordinance, which passed in August and is the first of its kind in the country, comes at a time when several states are debating how to handle a growing movement to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

But Berkeley’s decision to effectively order weed redistribution is prompting a vocal backlash.

Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he doesn’t understand why the California city would want to dump pot on the impoverished.

“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” Allen said. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”

John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, agrees.

“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,’” Lovell told The New York Times.

But others, like Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, say it’s a community program.

Tvert told Fox News that the decision to provide the drug to some of its low-income residents is up to the community.

“So it’s a matter of the democratic process, people following the state’s laws, and this law appears to accommodate both of those,” he said.

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana nearly 20 years ago.

California dispensaries are prohibited by law from turning a profit. But some places have been giving pot away to patients who couldn’t pay for years.

One of Berkeley’s largest dispensaries, Berkeley Patients Group, has been doing it for a decade, The New York Times reports. One recipient, Arnie Passman, a poet and activist, said he’s couldn’t remember exactly how long he had been given medical marijuana or why.

“It could be for my allergies, or my arthritis — you know what happens to us folks: We forget,” Passman, 78, told the newspaper.

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5 Comments on “California city mandates free medical marijuana for low-income residents”

  1. jack

    As a former addict myself , I am 100% not in favor . This drug make you content for whatever . Thankfully it did not
    do anything to my long term memory , as far as the BODY goes Rom 12 and 13 says it all .

  2. jack

    Dear moderators , your job is hard enough . Sorry about yesterday”s last comment on orphans but , you got to admit it was pretty funny . GOD bless and have a great day ! Keep Preaching

  3. Iris

    ….and therein lies the rub! “it could be for my allergies or my arthritis…” Someone who has been getting “medical” mary-jane for years does not know WHY he is taking it??? I take medication and I can tell you exactly what I take each of them for. People have just given themselves away to that spirit and have no desire to see the LIGHT of DAY. But what can we expect?? We are living in the times Jesus talked about in Matt. 24. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters who have been deceived. Peace.

  4. Tracey

    This is ridiculous. I am with the bishop. This just keeps the poor man poor. You only find the answers you are looking for when you are clean and in your right mind.

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