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Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members, according to an ordinance approved by the city council on Tuesday.
The city is also looking to approve a fourth dispensary, raising the current limit of three locations, as reported by the East Bay Express.
The proposed ordinance requires that Berkeley dispensaries give away 2 percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year low-income people. And the pot can’t be poor quality either. According to the Express, the ordinance reads that the “medical cannabis provided under this section shall be the same quality on average” as marijuana “dispensed to other members.”
“It’s sort of a cruel thing that when you are really ill and you do have a serious illness… it can be hard to work, it can be hard to maintain a job and when that happens, your finances suffer and then you can’t buy the medicine you need,” said Sean Luce with the Berkeley Patients Group.