Medical marijuana sales begin in N.J.
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
When Jay Lassiter took his first-ever toke of medical marijuana Tuesday evening, he knew it would relieve the nausea he experiences from the nine prescription drugs he consumes daily to treat HIV.
For years, the political consultant has kept a marijuana-filled pipe in his Cherry Hill kitchen to calm his frequently upset stomach and to nudge him to eat when his appetite flagged.
Still, it was an emotional moment when he finally was able to purchase the drug - legally - from licensed operators at the Greenleaf Compassion Center in Essex County, New Jersey's first dispensary.
Satisfaction and a sense of legitimacy washed over Lassiter, who spent six years testifying at state hearings and buttonholing legislators so that seriously ill patients could win the right to use a drug many doctors believe helps alleviate pain or treats serious ailments such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, HIV, and Crohn's disease.
The former Statehouse blogger for Blue Jersey, a liberal website, was among the first of more than 300 licensed medical marijuana patients in the Garden State to buy the drug. It was an auspicious day, he said.
"It means the beginning of the end of the drug war has come to New Jersey, and, on a more personal level, the completion of a longtime personal and professional goal, to make medical marijuana accessible to sick people. . . . Pot is not a bad thing," said Lassiter, 40.
The dispensary in tony Montclair opened Dec. 6 after much delay.
After consulting with a Greenleaf doctor for about 15 minutes, Lassiter emerged from the center wearing a grin. He waved a receipt showing he had just paid $406 for three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana. The olive-colored buds were in three ziplock pouches, sorted by strain and potency.
Zen Healing: Veterans Get Free Marijuana At LA Dispensary With Proof Of Military Service
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, December, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Military veterans put their lives on the line for this country, and what do we give them? A couple hollow holidays? A discount? The occasional salute?
West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary Zen Healing has us all beat on that front:
The pot shop announced this week that it's giving vets a true "gift of appreciation:"
That's right, in an announcement this week Zen Healing says it's giving up "a free quarter of high-quality medicine every harvest," which is every three months, to "veteran patients that provide proof of military service."
That free quarter every quarter comes with a nice glass jar, too.
At your service, sir.
The dispensary notes that there has been research investigating the effects of marijuana on PTSD patients.
Zen Healing says it's not all about weed, either. It says it sponsors a free barbecue meal for the homeless at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood on Saturdays.
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