Saturday, July 5, 2014
Free Pot in Berzerkly
Berzerkly Wants Pot for All Pot for all in Berkeley. If you can’t afford it, then the dispensaries must provide it to you for free. The Free Speech Movement is now the Free Pot Movement. Come to Berkeley for free pot. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday that marijuana dispensaries double their mandatory marijuana contributions to the homeless and low income from the current 1% to at least 2% of the weight of all marijuana dispensed. The dope also can’t be any “cheap shit.” The weed must be of the same quality dispensed to the paying customers. There will be no inequality of marijuana in Berkeley. All sales will be recorded; that way, a team of Berkeley auditors, the pot police, can ensure compliance with the law. An open question is if this ordinance will be enforced against the illegal dispensaries, street sellers, and pot clubs? Berkeley at present only has three authorized pot dispensaries, but will soon license a fourth. California allows marijuana to be dispensed to those with a prescription for medical marijuana. It takes about 5-10 minutes to obtain such a prescription in many parts of California, a lot quicker than seeing a regular doctor under ObamaCare. Berkeley City Council member Daryl Moore explained: “We think that this is the responsible thing to do for those less fortunate in our community.” He added: “Basically the City Council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine.” So now we know what Berzerkley stands for. You may have no housing, no food, no clothes, no car, no gas, but you can chill out with free pot on telegraph Ave. next to the campus. If pot is that necessary for the homeless, then why not require landlords provide 2% of their units to the homeless for free. The hungry homeless should also be able to receive free food from supermarkets and free meals from restaurant. Wouldn’t you love to see a stoned, homeless person toking and dining at Chez Panisse? Target should be required to donate 2% of gross Berkeley revenues to Berkeley’s low income and homeless (No Walmart exists in Berkeley, but that’s shouldn’t be a surprise). If medical pot is that critical, then why shouldn’t CVS, Rite Aid, and Thrifty have to donate 2% of their prescriptions based on dollar volume to the economically disadvantaged? Why not require all physicians in Berkeley to treat the low income for free, or hospitals to provide free care to them? (We know some of this occurs in reality, but it is not expressly mandated). The poor have legal needs, often to secure rights such as free marijuana. Require lawyers to donate at least 2% of their billable hours not on pro bono work, but on the homeless, low income, or indigent? Why not require Weatherford Motors to donate 2% of its new and used Beemers to Berkeley’s poor, and then have Chevron fill the tanks? No need though to require AT&T and Verizon to provide free phones to the poor – they already get their “Obama phones,” courtesy of the taxpayers. Another open question: Do the 36,000 students, often poor students, at the University of California Berkeley qualify for free pot? Berkeley is known as the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Berkeley is practicing the Free Lunch Theory of government coupled with the income redistributionist approach. The government provided the free lunch in the past, but it’s running out of money. So now it forces private companies to provide the free lunch by redistributing goods and service to the disadvantaged, or to everyone. For example, ObamaCare mandates the employer or insurer provide free contraception to women. Berkeley’s approach is undoubtedly a violation of the 5th and 14th Amendments, constituting a taking of private property. If Berkeley had done it as a tax, then Chief Justice Roberts would approve, as he did with the coercive ObamaCare. For example, 2% of a dispensary’s inventory would be turned over to the city for redistribution to the poor. The ordinance provides for the income levels to be treated as low income. They are under $34,000 for a single person up to $46,000 for a family of four. Most students would qualify. The income levels can be satisfied by providing the federal income tax form or “other reliable” method approved by the City Manager. That should be no problem with the homeless sacked out on the streets.