A couple of medical cannabis companies have stepped up to help those patients affected by the disastrous wildfire that erupted in Northern California earlier this month, offering tens of thousands of dollars in complimentary medicine to be distributed throughout the next week.
According to reports, five dispensaries managed by Care by Design (CBD) and AbsoluteXtracts will be providing patients with as much as $200 in free medical marijuana from now until October 7. The Valley Fire Relief program is already underway in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and also includes a delivery service in Lake County.
Patients interested in getting their hands on this complimentary cannabis must be able to present a medical marijuana card and proof of residence in one of the areas most affected by the blaze: Cobb, Kelseyville, Middletown, and Hidden Valley Lake.
The dispensaries previously allocated $20,000 of free medical cannabis products to be distributed to the patients victimized by the fire, but that has since been increased to $30,000 in an effort to meet an increase in demand. While it remains uncertain just how many patients suffered the loss of costly medicine during the blaze, organizers say the relief efforts have been met with an overwhelming response from those in need.
“The Valley Fire has had a devastating impact on our neighbors in Lake and Napa Counties. We’re pleased to be able to help them out and we’re gratified by the number of patients that have taken us up on our offer to replace their medication free,” Michael Hayes, CBD Guild Director, told Cannabis Now.
The Valley inferno, which is reportedly the fiercest wildfire in California history, has been, for the most part, contained in most areas. However, thousands of homes have been destroyed, with reports indicating that at least five people have been killed and several others injured.
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