Berkeley: Give Free Pot to Sick Poor

    BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: A one-ounce bag of medicinal marijuana is displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  California Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified a ballot initiative late yesterday to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana in the State of California after proponents of the measure submitted over 690,000 signatures. The measure will appear on the November 2 general election ballot.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    After a vote on Tuesday, Berkeley, California will require medical-marijuana dispensaries to give a percentage of cannabis sold each year to low-income patients for free. “Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” said Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore. The new rule also says it must be the same quality as that sold to regular paying customers. One Berkeley dispensary, the Berkeley Patients Group, has been doing so on its own for 15 years.

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