Tags: Medical Marijuana | free medical marijuana | Berkeley marijuana dispensaries

Free Pot for Poor and Homeless Begins in August

Wednesday, 03 Sep 2014 09:18 AM

By Melissa Clyne

In an effort to ensure low-income and homeless residents have access to the same medical care as others, beginning next August, Berkeley, California, medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to donate 2 percent of their product to residents earning less than $32,000 a year for an individual and $46,000 for a family of four.

Berkeley’s City Council unanimously approved the measure this summer in order to provide poor people the opportunity to marijuana that sells for up to $400 an ounce, according to The New York Times.

The quality of the free pot must be the same as what’s sold in the dispensary, NBC Bay Area reported.

“It’s sort of a cruel thing that when you are really ill and you do have a serious illness ... it can be hard to work, it can be hard to maintain a job and when that happens, your finances suffer and then you can’t buy the medicine you need,” said Sean Luce of the Berkeley Patients Group.

Story continues below video.



Marijuana is used to treat a variety of maladies, such as pain, insomnia, low appetite, nausea, weight loss and muscle spasms. But since it is still illegal under federal law, health insurance doesn't cover cannabis.

Not everyone thinks offering free pot to low-income residents is a good idea.

“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,’ ” John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, told the Times.



Related Stories:

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Navy Abandons 'Global Force for Good' to Broaden Appeal

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 13:55 PM

The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have lo . . .

NYC's de Blasio: I've Moved Past Police Crisis

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 13:04 PM

Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de  . . .

Letter with Suspicious Powder Received at Samaritan's Purse

Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 12:08 PM

The FBI says it is investigating a suspicious letter containing white powder that was sent to the headquarters of the Sa . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved