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Seven S.F. Marijuana Dispensaries Targeted by D.E.A.

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, May, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
We received word Wednesday that seven medical marijuana dispensaries permitted by the City of San Francisco are being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. In Sept. 2012, D.E.A. agent David White requested from San Francisco the public records of: Ketama Collective; Igzactly 420; 1944 Ocean Collective; The Hemp Center; Mr. Purple Skunk; The Apothecarium; and Bernal Heights Collective.
 
White requested each dispensary’s business license and application, health permit and application, ownership information, yearly statements/forms (i.e., not for profit, affirmation of not crossing state lines, etc.). White is a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration Financial Investigative Team in the San Francisco Field Division.
 

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Starting a Collective

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, April, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Starting a Collective
 
To start a dispensary you need to start a collective. A legal medical marijuana dispensary serves its local community through its contribution to the physical well being and health of the community. A well run medical marijuana dispensary will adopt community friendly policies, such as a good neighbor policy to enhance the service that it provides. These are the guidelines that anyone considering opening a medical dispensary will take into account as they prepare to embark on a new medical marijuana dispensary service. The service may be referred to as dispensaries, compassion clubs, or marijuana centers, however the following guidelines still apply.
 
The first step in opening a legal medical marijuana dispensary business is starting a collective. However before we look into this aspect of the business we need to be informed about the legal position. Under state law, patients and caregivers are authorized to collectively or co-operatively cultivate marijuana for medical purposes. In order to comply, the collective must be a properly organized and operated association. Before embarking on such a venture, it is always advisable to seek legal advice as the above can only be taken as a guideline for consideration.
 
Having established that the collective will operate within the confines of the law, there will be four mandatory requirements when planning on starting a collective:
 
patients need to be legally qualified
medicine needs to be sourced exclusively from members
medicine needs to be provided exclusively to members
basis of operation will be not for profit
 
These are fundamental rules to starting a collective and organizers will seek to ensure that they are observed at all times. 
 
Perhaps one of the most challenging of those four criteria is restricting the supply to that received from the members. Starting a new collective will obviously mean a limited membership and supply will be short. However by gradually increasing the membership and encouraging members to return with their excess medication, it is will quickly become possible to help more and more new members.
 
As noted above, the trading basis for the collective will be not for profit, i.e. it will not be operated as a commercial business. In practice this means re-investing all surplus income in non commercial activity or in the provision of services for its members. This can be a particularly rewarding part of starting a collective, knowing that you will be helping people through the efficient running of the collective services. 
 
It is worth noting at this point that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) differentiates between Not for Profit and Non Profit companies. A non profit activity may be exempt from federal and state taxes (for example churches and schools) whereas a Not for Profit business will still be liable for taxes. Having said that, even a non profit collective will be liable for taxes. However, having said that, when starting a collective it is a good idea to start up as a Non profit Mutual Benefit Corporation. This adds credibility to the service and can assist with relationships with elected officials and the general neighborhood.
 
Many patients rely on collective services and very much appreciate the convenience that they offer. When starting a collective it is important to remember this, and to engage with all members of the community towards this goal of helping those who cannot help themselves.
 
Your members will understand if you do not have a wide selection when you first open.  Encourage those members who do grow cannabis to bring their excess medication back to the collective to help the other members. Some legally qualified medical cannabis patients are very good at growing medicine.  In fact, some have relatively large stores of excess medication. These fortunate patients will often be looking for a dispensing collective or cooperative to join.  Some people refer to these patients as “vendors.” A better term is patient-cultivator. It has been my experience that these patient-cultivators will find you when you open your collective. I am sorry to say that I cannot help you locate medication for your new dispensing collective. 
 
To learn more from the free guide check out here: Start-a-dispensary.com

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Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, April, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

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DEA raids San Diegos One on One Patients Association

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, April, 24th 2013 by THCFinder
One on One Patients Association at 923 6th Ave. in San Diego is being raided this morning by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to owner Kenneth Cole. Local media confirms it.
 
No word yet on arrests, but Cole said the D.E.A. is seizing One on One cash, marijuana, security cameras and other equipment.
 
In 1996 and 2003, California voters and the state legislature legalized marijuana for qualified patients, caregivers and their associations, but San Diego law enforcement follow the federal government’s line: marijuana is not medicine and is illegal.
 
Local police working with the D.E.A. have spent the last 17 months shutting down every medical marijuana access point in town. They’ve also been raiding small private collectives. Open for two years, One on One was the last permitted dispensary publicly operating in the city of San Diego.
 

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L.A. City Council Takes Battle Against Unregulated Marijuana Shops to the Ballot

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, April, 24th 2013 by THCFinder

Proposition D was put on the ballot by L.A. City Council. It caps the number of dispensaries at 135, essentially protectionism for the first shops to open prior to a moratorium enacted in 2007. It also raises taxes on dispensaries by 20 percent and requires background checks for all dispensary workers. Gottlieb notes that California courts have taken a dim view on some of the distinctions proposed and have already declared them unconstitutional. The ballot initiative could ultimately be struck down by the courts. (You better believe, though, that the Department of Justice will be more than happy to use the measure as an excuse to go after all the remaining dispensaries regardless of the court’s ruling)

 

Ordinance E was pushed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and was mostly the same as Measure D, but the measure neglected to extract more taxes from the pot dispensaries. This is Los Angeles, not Texas, so once Measure D was crafted, Measure E’s supporters jumped ship and now support Measure D instead. For those wondering why the union is involved with this, they’ve worked to unionize several of those early dispensaries. The City-County Observer notes:

 

The 50-plus dispensaries with union ties would be allowed to stay in business, said Rigo Valdez, an organizing director with UFCW. One city councilman estimates there may be as many as 900 dispensaries now open in Los Angeles.

 

If the union-backed initiative is successful, it would put most of those dispensaries out of business and make the UFCW a dominant player in one of the nation’s most important markets for legal marijuana sales.
 
 
Ordinance F would prevent the city from implementing a cap, preventing the closure of all the other dispensaries. But it also mandates background checks, raises taxes on marijuana sales, and mandates the testing of marijuana for pesticides and toxins.
 

Read more: http://reason.com


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Dispensary Business Plan

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sun, April, 21st 2013 by THCFinder
To open a dispensary you will need a dispensary business plan. With the relaxing of the laws in some states relating to the cultivation, selling, and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes there are now legal dispensaries in operation in many locations throughout the USA. These dispensaries provide a valuable service in local communities, as the alternative is for those in need to have to source their medicinal marijuana from illegal dealers. They help societies in other ways too, as they create jobs and provide opportunities for people to start their own business.
 
Opening a marijuana dispensary as a business venture can be a very rewarding and profitable experience. It is a recession proof business, as people will always have a need for medicinal marijuana. It is not an easy task, however, as there are still many objections to the legalization of medicinal marijuana, and as such there are very stringent rules and regulations in place to ensure that any dispensary is run ethically. 
 
A dispensary business plan is absolutely vital for anybody who is considering entering this line of business. It should clearly set out in great detail every aspect of the proposed dispensary operation. It is only when certain legal parameters are met that state licensing boards will grant a dispensary license. A dispensary business plan is required to prove that those conditions will be met.
 
In particular, a dispensary business plan will have to state categorically where the dispensary’s supply of marijuana will be sourced from, and what the size of the expected customer base will be. It will also have to state what measures will be put in place to ensure that all marijuana will be dispensed legally, and that stocks of medical cannabis will always be stored securely. 
 
Since Federal law still classifies marijuana as an illegal substance, any state which has legalized the drug must be seen to be extremely strict in their licensing for medical marijuana dispensaries. A state licensing board must therefore be impressed by a dispensary business plan in order to grant a license. They must also be satisfied that any proposed dispensary will be of benefit to the local community. As a consequence, this should be the focus of attention for anybody who would like to operate a dispensary business. A good dispensary business plan will not only allow them to be granted a license, but also to be granted a business loan from a bank.
 
Owning and operating a legal marijuana dispensary is a serious responsibility, and one which must be handled professionally. It must be run as diligently as any other business in order for it to be successful. For this reason the creation of a dispensary business plan is the crucial first step in the process of owning a licensed dispensary business.
 
To learn more from the free guide go to http:/www.start-a-dispensary.com

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