Berkeley, California recently passed a law that will require dispensaries in the city to provide free medical marijuana to low-income patients. The law was passed on July 8th.
However, the law will not go into effect until August. Dispensaries will be required to set aside two percent of their products to give to qualified low-income patients. In this case, low-income is defined as making around $32,000 for a single person household and $46,000 for a four person household.
Many various illnesses qualify for medical marijuana, including cancer and AIDS. By law, the quality of the marijuana must remain consistent, whether it is for paying customers or people getting it for free.
Currently, Berkeley has three medical marijuana dispensaries, but part of the law is to bring in a fourth one. Eventually, the city wants to expand even further by having a total of six dispensaries next year.
Although there are constant debates about whether or not marijuana should be legalized for medical reasons, the city of Berkeley has been making quite a bit of money off of the dispensaries. About $640,000 in tax revenue has been paid to the city, and with more dispensaries coming soon, that number can only go up.