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Berkeley Dispensaries Must Give Free Weed to Low-Income Patients
7x7 SF ^ | July 10, 2014 | Sarah Nedina

Posted on 07/11/2014 7:43:37 AM PDT by jcon40

In a landmark decision to serve the underprivileged of the East Bay, the Berkeley City Council UNANIMOUSLY voted last week to provide small amounts of free medical marijuana to low-income and homeless patients. Whoa.

According to the new ordinance, dispensaries in the area must give away weed equal to at least 2 percent of their sales to the appropriate demographic—defined as half the area’s median annual income: $32,000 or less for an individual and $46,000 for a family of four.

"It's an equity issue," council member Darryl Moore explained to Reuters. "We want to ensure that those who are in need have access to the medication necessary to treat their condition."

Plus, the freebies can’t be schwag weed. The law includes a clause that the “medical cannabis provided under this section shall be the same quality on average as marijuana dispensed to other members.”

But don’t think you can just walk up to any dispensary's window with an empty hand and expect to get irie goods; only card-carrying patients with prescriptions will have dibs on free mary jane.

"It’s about the best medicine for the lowest possible cost for people in need,” Charles Pappas, a member of the city’s Medical Cannabis Commission, added.

Although the decision has received a lot of attention over the past week, it’s nothing new for Berkeley. In fact, the Berkeley Patient has been doling out free cannabis to the poor for more than 15 years.

As part of the vote, the city also increased the number of dispensaries allowed from three to four, and will consider amending it to six by the end of 2015. The ordinance will not become law until final approval in August.

Read more at http://www.7x7.com/east-bay/berkeley-dispensaries-must-give-free-weed-low-income-patients#0QDezDgAdz8ABskj.99


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: California
KEYWORDS: freeweed

1 posted on 07/11/2014 7:43:37 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: jcon40

Perfect!!!


2 posted on 07/11/2014 7:44:41 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: jcon40

Welcome to business in America circa 2014, they are going to end up wishing their business was still illegal in California.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 7:46:02 AM PDT by dangerdoc ((this space for rent))
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To: jcon40

Can’t they use their EBT cards?.....................Such a travesty....................


4 posted on 07/11/2014 7:47:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: jcon40

Supply liberally on election day...early ‘til late. :>) (Just joking NSA)


5 posted on 07/11/2014 7:48:35 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: jcon40
...Berkeley City Council UNANIMOUSLY voted...

What could possibly go wrong?

6 posted on 07/11/2014 7:49:17 AM PDT by shove_it (My real nickname is Otter)
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To: jcon40

Who needs drug pushers? The government is doing it now with tax dollars. We need to legalize drugs and “tax the hell” out of the taxpayers so the “government” can give drugs to the freeloaders for free. That sure didn’t work out the way the potheads said it was going to.


7 posted on 07/11/2014 7:50:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: jcon40

Time to pack up and leave.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 7:51:46 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: jcon40

Typical liberals. How generous of them to volunteer someone else’s money to pay for their generosity.


9 posted on 07/11/2014 7:53:43 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: dangerdoc

“Plus, the freebies can’t be schwag weed. “

My personal favorite line in the article


10 posted on 07/11/2014 7:54:12 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Kind of a vicious circle there, is it not?

Low income gets you free weed which lowers your ambition which causes lower income.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 7:54:45 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Read further on. The government isn’t subsidizing them. They just mandated that the medical mj shops give the pot away.


12 posted on 07/11/2014 7:55:24 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: jcon40

I actually don’t see anything surprising in this.
Medicaid is not a new concept.

CA is falling behind on this compared to other lib states,

I see Maryland governor Dem candidates running on FULL legalization.


13 posted on 07/11/2014 7:55:50 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: jcon40

The next “human right”


14 posted on 07/11/2014 7:58:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

isn’t this a taking without compensation?

they are taking a possession from a business owner and using it for a government policy.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 7:58:54 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: jcon40

Is this satire?


16 posted on 07/11/2014 8:00:04 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Fido969

Can’t be. The OP put it in Breaking News.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 8:01:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Read further on. The government isn’t subsidizing them. They just mandated that the medical mj shops give the pot away.

That is a subsidy according to liberal logic. Since liberals expect a certain amount of tax revenue, any charitable deduction that lowers the bottom line is lost tax revenue.
18 posted on 07/11/2014 8:02:33 AM PDT by nonamer
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To: jcon40
“Plus, the freebies can’t be schwag weed. “

My personal favorite line in the article


_______________________________________________

"Dude. This is all stems and seeds."

"Yeah, but its free."

19 posted on 07/11/2014 8:03:05 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: jcon40

HA, Ha, All the drugs and sex they want to pacify the
populace.

Soma (marijuana) and free birth control, everything needed
for our “Brave New World”. Huxley saw it coming along
with Rand and 0rwell. I guess if you can see and understand
the liberal mindset then this would be easy to predict.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 8:05:10 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: BenLurkin

“The next “Human Right””

Yep - This law forces the business to give their products away for free.

I don’t read it as being paid by taxpayer money

What’s to stop Berkeley from making Chevron GAs Stations give away a percentage of their gross sales directly to its customers?
And not call it a tax!


21 posted on 07/11/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: Responsibility2nd

LOL + ROTF


22 posted on 07/11/2014 8:13:31 AM PDT by jcon40
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To: jcon40
Good news for Tommy Hall, former 13th Floor Elevator.

The free pot will make his welfare payments go further.

23 posted on 07/11/2014 8:25:04 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: jcon40

So much for those residents diligently working on a weed-free lawn.


24 posted on 07/11/2014 8:31:45 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jcon40

Free stems and seeds....


25 posted on 07/11/2014 8:32:29 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: jcon40

Yo, dude, that’s great! But it’s not enough. I need a bong some matches and someone to kick start my lungs.


26 posted on 07/11/2014 8:49:11 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: jcon40

“the Berkeley City Council UNANIMOUSLY voted last week to provide small amounts of free medical marijuana to low-income and homeless patients”

Since it’s a government handout of free weed for the indigent, it’ll probably be Mexican Brick Weed containing mostly stems and seeds. Then there’ll be a big lawsuit that the poor aren’t receiving free Purple Kush or the like. So it goes. Especially in California. I would think Dennis Miller might have an interesting take on this on his next chat with O’Reilly.


27 posted on 07/11/2014 8:58:01 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: jcon40

Doctors and big pharma already hand out various pills that get you high. All on the taxpayer dime. They don’t cure anything and are all far more impairing, toxic and addictive than pot. Then once these people get sick from the toxic pills, we pay for their medical treatment.

If you want to see the real dole junkies, look outside a local pharmacy in a working class neighborhood just before the doors open. You’ll see ghost white junkies lining up, shaking and grabbing at the doors.

In my neighborhood there aren’t as many as there used to be since the pharmacies now offer free deliveries (after neighbor complaints). The junkies now just sit home in their taxpayer funded apartment and get their pills delivered. All on our dime.

Far worse things have been going on for decades and free Rx pot is nothing in comparison.


28 posted on 07/11/2014 8:58:14 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: jcon40

Wait until they tell the same thing to McDonald’s—Jack in the Box—Wendy’s—and every other business in the city.

Think I am kidding? Just wait.....


29 posted on 07/11/2014 9:54:37 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Ted Grant

Meanwhile, other pot sales clubs are being told they can ONLY sell what they PRODUCE ON THE SAME PROPERTY!!!

Hard to grow anything on a cement surface.


30 posted on 07/11/2014 9:55:58 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

All you need is water and electricity.

You can grow several pounds of pot every month in one bedroom sized room.


31 posted on 07/11/2014 10:27:14 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Now that I could live with. The homeless guys would be all over the pot shops like flies on a dog pile. I know the pot shop owners would love that. “Giving back”. LOL!


32 posted on 07/11/2014 12:25:34 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: jcon40

Greg Gutfield yesterday was asking why they weren’t also giving out free beer.


33 posted on 07/11/2014 12:40:57 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: jcon40

In related news, Ralph’s and Krogers now must give free milk and bread to the homeless as well.

Target may be forced to give free clothing and lawn chairs to them also.

The new commercial slogan for businesses in the USA is “To Each According To His Need.”

Eventually to be replaced with “Arbeit Macht Frei.”


34 posted on 07/11/2014 12:44:42 PM PDT by Yaelle
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