OAKLAND (KCBS)— At Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Executive Director Steve DeAngelo is giving out an awful lot of senior discounts these days. Like to the older customer he saw crying on a bench, after rubbing a cannabis ointment on her arthritic knuckles.
“When I asked her what was wrong she smiled and said, ‘Why nothing is wrong,it’s just that for the first time in five years I’ve been able to open up my hands,’” he said.
DeAngelo said seniors make up about 30 percent of Harborside’s current clientele. There are dozens of gray-haired heads waiting in line for strains of marijuana called Purple Train Wreck and Lavender Skunk at the East Oakland center, which claims to be the largest medical cannabis outfit in America.