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Marijuana Stocking Stuffers

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, October, 13th 2012 by THCFinder


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Durban Poison

Category: Nugs | Posted on Sat, October, 13th 2012 by THCFinder


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Want to open a dispensary?

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, October, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

Want to open a dispensary? Learn from this example.

Perhaps the most profitable and well-ran dispensary in existence is the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA, which after taxes reported over $22 million in sales in 2010. When a cannabis store caters to its patients and takes compassion in its work, a great service is done and enormous profits can also follow.


But it is much more than just a cannabis store, it is a complete wellness center and that is why they have had so much success and have been able to be as publicized as they are.

To illustrate this in further detail, we will look at this specific dispensary as a model to follow. First we will talk about its operator, Steve Deangelo.

Mr. Deangelo has spent his entire career at the intersection of cannabis activism and entrepreneurship as a dynamic leader. As CEO of Harborside Health Center, Steve co-founded and operated the nation’s most widely acclaimed cannabis store dispensary– and set a new standard of excellence and a model to follow for the entire movement and industry.

Steve’s accomplishments as an activist include the passage of Prop 59, the medical cannabis initiative of Washington DC; and organizing world famous 4th of July demonstrations at the White House. Steve graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, is a charter member of ASA, a lifetime member of NORML; and speaks and authors widely about cannabis.

Steve’s other accomplishments within the medical marijuana movement include launching the industry’s first lab testing service which can detect the medical composition of marijuana by testing its THC content and cannabinoids, developing the legendary Shiva brand of consumer products, and organizing several large gardens for dispensaries of his. Steve also spent his time in the 90’s as founder and CEO of Ecolution, Inc., a pioneer in the production of industrial hemp products that sold to retailers in each of the 50 states, and also within 21 foreign countries.

His success stems to his wellness center being much more than just a dispensary. It offers classes and services that include free Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, Reiki, Yoga, Herbalism, Alexander Technique and Substance Use and Misuse Clinical Services and sessions. The goal is to encourage engagement of the mind-body-soul nexus in the healing process. There’s even lessons on how to grow your own medicine every week. All of their distributed medical marijuana medicine is lab tested for safety and potency.

His dispensary includes a patient activist resource center that encourages active participation in the political and social agenda and promotion of the medical cannabis movement. To encourage patient participation, his dispensary even gives free medicine every week patients volunteer an hour to work on activism in the facility.

There are also weekly care packages available to patients who cannot afford their medicine. To qualify, proof of the financial situation such as a copy of the patient’s SSI letter or some other official documentation of their current income level is needed.

While patients are waiting, a complete reading library with scores of books about medical cannabis can be read. Harborside also offer patients a rewards card program to give back to their regular and dedicated patients. There is no enrollment or subscription fee for this.

Even the mission statement of Harborside Health Center comes down to compassion. It is their goal to ensure that every single patient that comes through their doors feel truly cared for, valued and respected. Protecting the safety, tranquility, and cleanliness of the immediate neighborhood and creating an extraordinary environment of medical care, honesty, and friendliness that is felt by all patients is top priority.

Now you don’t have to be a Stephen Deangelo to have the widespread success he has had. In fact, he goes on record saying that the average marijuana dispensary operator brings in $3-4 million per year, even without doing as much as his wellness center does. Even though a high percentage of that money is taxed, that’s not a bad payday when everything is said and done. In addition, you’ve also got to help a lot of people who need safe and legal access to medicine and have done the community a much needed social service.

If you can be much more than just a cannabis store when you open a dispensary, profits can skyrocket several hundred percent, benefits to the community can be achieved and a favorable and welcome image will be the perception and reality. When you start a dispensary, think of Harborside.

To learn how to open your own, visit start-a-dispensary.com


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Blue Dream

Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, October, 12th 2012 by THCFinder

 

Blue Dream

 


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Marijuana Legalization Would Put $149 Million in Missouri's Pocket

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
Imagine a world where pot is legal, regulated, and taxed. In this world, Missouri is rolling around in a giant pile of money and making it rain all over the place.
That's according to a new study released by the National Cannabis Coalition in conjunction with Show-Me Cannabis. The group commissioned the study from Harvard University economist Dr. Jeffrey Miron as a way to put some cold, hard figures on their marijuana legalization and regulation bill.
 
The $149 million comes from several different places, but mostly from no longer having to police and prosecute pot smokers.
 
According to Show-Me Cannabis's John Payne, the group commissioned the study while their 2012 legalization campaign was still alive and well. Because of that, Missouri's study came out first, but he says there will be studies for all 50 states at some point.
 
According to Dr. Miron's figures, Missouri's government would save $90 million annually and generate $59 million from taxing legalized marijuana like cigarettes and booze.
 
It's not hard to see where the $90 million comes from. In 2011, there were 307,240 arrests made in Missouri over pot and 91.5 percent of those were for possession. Imagine all that gets thrown out the window -- no more cops trolling for smokers, planning stings on dealers; no more court cases for prosecutors, judges, or public defenders; no more paying to put up tokers in Le Hotel Clink. That's a lot of free money all of the sudden.
 
Interestingly, Miron says that the $149 million figure is roughly the same for all the states, should they choose to legalize pot. And though he concedes his study has generated criticism from both those who say the figures are inflated and those who say they're too small, the exact dollar amount isn't as important as the fundamental question behind the debate.
 
"I don't think we should care about the shape of this, the crucial thing to me is making it legal reather than illegal," he says. "The main thing I hope people think about is, 'Why should the government be intervening with individuals using marijuana?"
 
 

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Nelly Detained: Cops Uncover Heroin, Marijuana Aboard Rapper's Bus

Category: Celebrities | Posted on Fri, October, 12th 2012 by THCFinder
More trouble in Celebrity Drugville: Rapper Nelly was detained in Texas Wednesday night after police officers uncovered a bounty of drugs and a loaded gun on his tour bus.
 
TMZ reports that the 37-year-old "Hot in Herre" singer was passing through the Sierra Blanca border patrol -- the same tricky checkpoint 30 miles north of Mexico where Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson, Armie Hammer and Snoop Dogg also got drug-busted -- when a police canine indicated that there were drugs aboard the vehicle. Law enforcement sources then found a whopping stash of illegal substances, including 36 small bags of heroin, 10 pounds of marijuana and a .45 caliber pistol.
 
All seven passengers of the tour bus were detained. Nelly (whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.) and five others were released after passenger Brian Keith Jones claimed that he was in sole possession of the drugs and gun aboard. The rapper is set to perform in Austin, Texas, next month as part of the COTA Austin fan Fest with peers Flo Rida and Enrique Iglesias.
 
 

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