BERKLEY MANDATES FREE WEED TO THE POOR

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Marijuana is considered a prescription drug in California, so now Berkeley will make sure that local stores set aside two percent to give to the poor. People that make less than $32,000 a year and couples that make less than $46,000 will be able to get it for free if they have a prescription.

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Why the City Council did this

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Here, via Huffington Post, is why the city voted this measure in.

But supporters say that marijuana is recognized as a legal medicine in the state of California (although not federally). And as medicine, people who need it shouldn’t be kept away from it due to lack of funds.

“Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore told CBS San Francisco.

“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.”

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Despite the controversy, many dispensaries say this won’t change much since they already set aside a certain amount of weed for compassionate (a.k.a. free) distribution.

We do this on our own, so we certainly welcome the city mandating that all dispensaries create these sorts of programs,” Sean Luse, chief operating officer of Berkeley Patients Group dispensary, told Berkeleyside over the summer.

However, Luse added that he thinks 1 percent, rather than 2 percent, would be a more appropriate target.

“I do think there could be problems if we’re oversupplying demand and giving away more cannabis than is legitimately needed,” Luse said. “We’ll see how this plays out.”

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The sides of this argument

There are several sides to the argument. One is that this is another step in the process to get rid of the catastrophe that started the SWAT team militarization, destabilization of nations and more dangerous criminals. In other words, this is the Prohibition Era on steroids.

Another side that is looking at this is the ban everything crowd. The group that believes they have a say in everything that people do. These people hate the idea of this being allowed a choice in what they can do. The people that want this stopped for that reason do not mind out of control police and countries destabilized. As long as they control people’s lives, they are happy.

There is yet another crowd that wants this stopped. They see this as a way to make the public even more docile and in need of government assistance. The group sees this as a way of control.

Whichever side a person is on, the move by the Berkeley City Council is a controversial one. The passing of this as a city law will send shockwaves through the marijuana debate.

PAUL SHANNON @ AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS 

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