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Free medicinal marijuana for California wildfire victims

A vendor weighs buds for card-carrying medical marijuana patients.

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MIDDLETON, Calif. -- Medical marijuana dispensaries in Northern California are offering up to $200 in free cannabis per patient affected by a hugely destructive wildfire.

CBS San Francisco reported two companies - Care By Design and AbsoluteXtracts - are offering free products which will be available through October 7 to residents of Cobb, Kelseyville, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake at dispensaries in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and San Francisco.

"This disaster happened in our own backyard," said the companies in a joint statement. "As a company that prides itself on putting patient needs first, we felt there was no better time to reach out and help our neighbors in their time of need."

Patients eligible for the products must have a medical marijuana prescription and home addresses in Cobb, Kelseyville, Middletown or Hidden Valley Lake.

Those communities were hit the hardest by the fire that ripped through 118 square miles, destroyed more than 1,950 homes and killed four people.

The two companies donated $20,000 worth of marijuana-related items in all. The offer began last Thursday.

The wildfire was one of the worst in state history. It is nearly fully contained.