Free Marijuana For Low-Income Residents In Berkley, California
The Berkley City Council in California has unanimously approved free medicinal marijuana for low-income residents, ordering medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their marijuana to patients who earn less than $32,000 a year.
“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.”
This welfare program is set to launch in August 2015.
Bishop Ron Allen, a former addict and head of the International Faith Based Coalition, told Fox News he couldn’t possibly understand why Berkley would want to give its poor residents free weed.
“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?”
John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association is another opponent of the program in question.
“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.’”
On the other hand, many people support providing the impoverished with medicinal marijuana. Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, stressed the program is a community one.
“So it’s a matter of the democratic process, people following the state’s laws, and this law appears to accommodate both of those.”
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana nearly 20 years ago.