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article imageBerkeley Council requires dispensaries donate cannabis to poor

By Ben Morris     Jul 4, 2014 in Health
Berkeley - A new amendment to Berkeley, California's pot laws requires dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their cannabis per year to the disadvantaged.
Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on a measure to insure the city's poor and disadvantaged get medical cannabis.
Councilman Darryl Moore responded to the vote by saying, “Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine.”
Critics of the measure argue the new law is unnecessary, given the charity provided by one dispensary.
The new requirement for dispensaries to provide the service to the poor has been a staple to the Berkeley Patients Group, a massive operation that serves thousands of patients per year.
As part of their Helping Hands program, BPG has provided medical cannabis to needy clients since the dispensary opened in 1999.
Speaking to CBS San Francisco Sean Luse, a spokesman for BPG said “We’ve found out over the years that one of the cruel realities is that when you do get sick and you have a serious illness is that it’s often hard to keep a job, can be hard to keep your income up, so those people really need the help the
As part of the program, “members will receive flowers each week, according to their tier of care, in their package,“ which includes edibles, a choice of what strain they receive, and the option of getting a strain in high CBD.
The new law requires dispensaries provide the same quality cannabis paying patients receive. The 2 percent to be given to the poor is a drop in the bucket for BPG who made $15 million in 2009.
The ordinance which is expected to receive full approval next week requires individuals to prove they make less than $32,000 a year, and for families of four to show their income does not surpass $46,000 per year.
The new law is expected to be on the books in August.
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