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Only in Berkeley (So Far)

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Lauren Raab reports on the L. A. Times Now blog:

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income patients under an ordinance approved by the City Council.

At least 2% of the marijuana each dispensary doles out needs to be given free to dispensary members who have "very low" incomes and are Berkeley residents, the ordinance, approved Tuesday, says.

The ordinance also stipulates that free pot must be the same quality, on average, as the pot that other members buy.

According to NBC Bay Area, the City Council has defined very low income as $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, according to the ordinance.

Keep in mind that in California "medical" marijuana is defined so loosely than anyone who wants weed just to get high can qualify.  So now it's an entitlement.

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There are about ten different things that popped into my head when I read this, so I'll just say one:

When I started as an attorney in the Criminal Division at DOJ, coming right out of Stanford, my salary was less than half of what is now considered in Berkeley to be "low income" for a single person.

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