According to a new welfare law in Berkeley, California, low-income residents in need of medical marijuana will still be able to get the newly legalized drug. After being unanimously voted in by the Berkeley City Council, dispensaries are now required to donate two percent of their inventory to patients who have annual incomes of less than $32,000.
Though the program is the very first of its kind, it’s certainly not the first welfare law to help the underprivileged.
However, it’s difficult for some to understand why the Berkeley City Council would want to make it easier for low-income people to get access to needed medicines.
“It’s ludicrous, over-the-top madness,” said head of the International Faith Based Coalition Bishop Ron Allen, to Fox News. “Why would Berkeley City Council want to keep their poverty-stricken under-served high, in poverty and lethargic?”
Yet, marijuana isn’t an illegal narcotic in California — it’s a medicine that’s used to relieve patients’ pain.
When Fox News asked if he was “for dumping pot on the impoverished,” director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project Mason Tvert, said that, “I think we need to look at this for what it is, which is medical marijuana is legal in California. Eighty-five percent of Americans, according to Fox News’s last poll, support medical marijuana, and it’s up to this community to decide if they’d like to have a program that allows low-income individuals to have access to it.”
City council members expressed similar sentiments and thoughts.
Darryl Moore, a member of the Berkeley City Council said, “Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigient folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine.”