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Berkeley To Provide Free Medical Cannabis To Low-income Patients


blackwater og strain, blackwater og seeds, blackwater og review, blackwater og pictures, Marijuana, Medical Marijuana, Marijuana law, marijuana news, prohibition, cannabis news, medical cannabis, weed blog, marijuana policy, cannabis, marijuana legalizationThe Berkeley City Council has unanimously approved an amendment to their medical marijuana program – starting next August, Berkeley’s three medical marijuana dispensaries will be required to donate at least 2 percent of their cannabis to low-income residents. Residents will be able to receive free, high quality medical marijuana from dispensaries to help with the list of ailments for which California allows cannabis to be prescribed. Candidates for the free cannabis must be Berkeley residents and show proof of income of less than $32,000 a year.

This decision has caused a bit of controversy: when asked about the program on Fox News, Bishop Ron Allen, head of the International Faith Based Coalition, said about the new program:

“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness, why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?” In response, MPP’s Mason Tvert stated: ”It’s a matter of the democratic process, people following the state’s laws, and this law appears to accommodate both of those.”  The full exchange between Bishop Ron Allen and Mason Tvret can be seen here.

The City Council approved the requirement earlier this summer with the hope of making cannabis, which can go for up to $400 an ounce at dispensaries, affordable for all residents. This is the first “weed welfare” program in the United States and comes after Republicans bashed welfare beneficiaries for making EBT withdrawals at dispensaries in Colorado earlier this year. What do you think about the program? Should free marijuana be provided for low-income residents?

Prominent California cannabis entrepreneurs will certainly be featured extensively at the conference, providing insights into the California industry, as well as providing helpful business advice, including Debby Goldsberry, currently with Magnolia Wellness and co-founder of the Berkeley Patients Groups; Don Duncan of Americans for Safe Access; Robert Jacob, Mayor of Sebastopol; Amber Senter, vice-president of Bayside Botanicals; Dave McCullick of Sonoma Patient Group; and Adam Mintz of Steep Hill Labs.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference


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  1. the government forces growers to pay their taxes
    lets give some weed up for those poor in need, and not be asses

  2. $400 is way too much but we haven to remember that the price will reflect what the market will bare. If the price is too high, inventory will increase and prices will be forced to drop to make way for the new crops. But as long as the public demonstrates its willingness to pay the going rate, don’t count on it going down. Just look at gas. People were in an uproar when it hit $3.00 and vowed to boycott buying gas. Gas is much higher in many areas now and people pay even more. Sure they bitch but they still buy it. Weed is no different.

    Berkley would have been better off teaching those low income patients how to grow their own (if they are physically capable) rather than force a business to give away 2% of their crop. While 2% may not seem like much on the surface, what’s to say that number cannot change to something much higher when those that just miss the $32K cutoff get in a tizzy and protest? What happens if the pool of sub $32K increases even more in a down economy? Will Berkley then force businesses to give 4%? 8%? 25%?

    Again, I feel bad for people in rough times. Weed costs in the rest of the country aren’t exactly cheap. You either pay the going price or learn to grow your own and assume the risks that come with it. The simple solution is to legalize it everywhere and rather than tax the hell out of it, regulate the cost and price and apply a moderate tax rate so that it is fair to all. Why should someone who makes $64K be forced to pay more for the same medicine that someone less than $32K gets for free? We cannot keep punishing people for economic success. Because believe it or not, those people who feel ripped off may go buy their MMJ at another dispensary outside of Berkley and this will hurt the bottom line and impact the 2% they have to give away.

  3. Isn’t California MMJ supposed to be non-profit? Any profits derived are to be put back into the business and used for additional services, correct? So if these current shops are forced to spend 2% on low income patients, that is 2% that is not being used for other services such as massages etc…

    And money isn’t really the issue I am focused on but the core principle in that you can’t legally force companies to give away their product or a portion for free. Furthermore, the price of MMJ in California wouldn’t be that high if they would just legalize entirely which could help bring the price down and make it even more affordable for the low income.

    But this is a slippery slope here. Where does it end? Computer skills and the Internet are necessary for today’s youths and job markets. Should we force computer companies to give 2% of their products to low income families?

  4. Acid I agrea to a point but then California is an expensive state to live. I make about 35000 a year in mich. my house is worth 150,000 in California I know my house would be valued at $400-$450,000 so 32,000 is not that much out there.

  5. I am not a huge fan of career welfare people. But I do think sometimes people just go through bad times. It’s certainly happend to me. I believe in the free market but also feel a $400 ounce is way to much for anyone to pay. I would rather see marijuana with out such a huge mark up. The only way this will happen is when it’s legal everywhere than real compitiion begins

  6. I believe in a capitalistic society. I do not need think weed should be made free for people. While my belief may be unpopular, I believe in a free market society. To force businesses to give away some of its product for free is outright theft. Why hasn’t Berkeley forced its local restaurants to provide free food to low income to the homeless and starving?

    I commend their intention but to force any business to give away their product without compensation is theft. Now if the city council is willing to provide some sort of tax break or pay for the “free” weed, then I could support it. And $32K a year is a lot of money. Shit, most educators make a little above that. If you make $32k and cannot afford your own weed, perhaps these people need to look at their priorities or learn how to grow it themselves.

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