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City to dispensaries: Give free pot to the poor

Published On: Jul 11 2014 11:01:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2014 11:20:42 AM CDT
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Medical marijuana dispensaries in one California city will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income patients.

An ordinance approved by the city council in Berkeley requires that Berkeley dispensaries give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year to low-income dispensary members, reports NBC Bay Area. The ordinance also stipulates that free pot must be the same quality as the pot that other members buy.

In order to be eligible, a person must qualify as very low income as defined by the city council. That equates to $32,000 a year for one person and $46,000 a year for a family of four.

Berkeley had three permitted dispensaries as of early 2012, but the city is looking to approve a fourth.