New Berkeley law: free pot to the poor

The Berkeley city council has passed an ordinance requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to donate at least 2 percent of their marijuana to low-income residents.

In cannabis culture, free medical marijuana is called “compassion.” Some clinics already have compassion giveaways to the poor. The ordinance formalizes compassion.

Critics are outraged (yawn):

“Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, ‘Let’s just get everybody high,’” John Lovell, a lobbyist for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, was quoted saying in this New York Times story.

How very interesting it is to observe the change in anti-cannabis rhetoric by police over the years. At first it cause reefer madness. Then it was a gateway drug to the hard stuff such as heroin. Now the best argument they can marshal is that pot merely saps one’s work ethic. Go, Berkeley.

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