Berkeley Set To Require Free Medical Pot For Poor

CALIFORNIA:  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.

 

For Berkeley Jews, Medical Cannabis Is Ethical Imperative

CALIFORNIA: If you want to traffic in stereotypes, Elie Green, Ramona Rubin and Daniel Kosmal — the founders of Doc Green’s, which makes healing cannabis ointments and lotions — look pretty much like what you might imagine when you hear, “Berkeley-based medical marijuana collective.”

That is, of course, until they open their mouths and tell you they’re observant Jews.

“It’s been interesting dealing with [appearances at] weekend festivals,” says Rubin, 36, over an almond milk latte at a Berkeley café. “Being shomer Shabbos, it means just working on Friday and Sunday … it’s a constant balance between serving our own religious needs, doing keruv [outreach], telling people about what we’re doing with cannabis and how it could help them.”

The company’s co-founders, who have been producing lotion made from marijuana plants grown in Northern California and selling the product online and through dispensaries for more than four years, say the average customer is an older person who suffers from chronic pain such as sciatica. [Read more…]

For Berkeley Jews, Medical Cannabis Is Ethical Imperative

CALIFORNIA: If you want to traffic in stereotypes, Elie Green, Ramona Rubin and Daniel Kosmal — the founders of Doc Green’s, which makes healing cannabis ointments and lotions — look pretty much like what you might imagine when you hear, “Berkeley-based medical marijuana collective.”

That is, of course, until they open their mouths and tell you they’re observant Jews.

“It’s been interesting dealing with [appearances at] weekend festivals,” says Rubin, 36, over an almond milk latte at a Berkeley café. “Being shomer Shabbos, it means just working on Friday and Sunday … it’s a constant balance between serving our own religious needs, doing keruv [outreach], telling people about what we’re doing with cannabis and how it could help them.”

The company’s co-founders, who have been producing lotion made from marijuana plants grown in Northern California and selling the product online and through dispensaries for more than four years, say the average customer is an older person who suffers from chronic pain such as sciatica. [Read more…]

Berkeley Fights Feds on Medical Marijuana

CALIFORNIA: On Wednesday, the city of Berkeley, Ca. filed a legal claim in a federal asset forfeiture case against the landlord of a medical marijuana dispensary in the city, Berkeley Patients Group.

The city is working to keep Berkeley Patients Group open, claiming it will lose tax money as a result of the mandated forfeiture.  The city also claims that the government action interferes with its plans to regulate and monitor medical marijuana businesses.  Berkeley believes that the federal government’s forfeiture suits will lead to an increase in unregulated medical marijuana businesses. [Read more…]