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Berkeley will give free weed to homeless medical marijuana patients

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Low-income and homeless medical marijuana patients who dwell in Berkeley, California, will soon have access to free weed. Berkeley’s city council unanimously passed a proposal this week that will require marijuana dispensaries to hand out 2 percent of their total inventory to the less fortunate, at no cost. But dispensaries won’t get away with handing out their leftover, low-grade weed, reports CBS, because the proposal ensures that dispensaries will provide the same quality pot that they distribute to paying customers.

"those people really need the help the most."

"One of the cruel realities is that when you do get sick and you have a serious illness, it’s often hard to keep a job," or "keep your income up," Sean Luse, a spokesperson for a dispensary called the Berkeley Patients Group, told CBS. The dispensary has been voluntarily handing out free weed to low-income patients for the past 15 years, Luse explained, because "those people really need the help the most."

Now that the vote has gone through, the measure is all set to receive final approval next week.