By Maria Medina

ORANGEVALE (CBS13) – A medical marijuana dispensary has been dealing with long lines all afternoon. On Friday, the dispensary in Orangevale handed out marijuana for free.

Mention the word free, and it’s certain to attract attention. But even Magnolia Wellness customers didn’t expect the line to be as long as it was.

“I thought I could get something for free, but didn’t realize it’d be this much popularity,” said Gary Grosius, a Magnolia Wellness customer.

Customers line up for free cannabis in Orangevale. (credit: CBS)

On the heels of a federal and county crackdown of medicinal marijuana dispensaries, the owner of the Orangevale shop says he wanted to go out with a bang — or a bong.

On his last day, he held a holiday party of sorts. But instead of holiday cookies or eggnog, he gave a gram of cannabis to customers.

Video: Customers spoke out about the closure

“I think it’s awesome to give back to the community like that,” said Magnolia Wellness customer Sam Houston.

Magnolia is giving back to the community of patients who say there’s a cost behind today’s free giveaway.

“A lot of people actually rely on it for medication, and so a lot of people are going to have to suffer and drive out a lot further,” said Sam.

The door closes at 8 p.m.