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Massachusetts sees 100 bids to open medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
mass-sees-dispensary-bidsThe list of companies vying to open Massachusetts’ first medical marijuana dispensaries has been pared down significantly, according to the latest numbers released Thursday by state regulators.
 
Just 100 organizations submitted applications by the 3 p.m. deadline, but roughly a third of those that survived the first-round cut in September chose not to go forward.
 
Many prospective applicants were apparently knocked out by recent rule changes that required each company to prove it has $500,000 cash available in its bank account for start-up costs.
 
Before the rule changes, regulators merely required the medical marijuana dispensary applicants to show that the money was pledged by investors in commitment letters.
 
Dr. Madeleine Biondolillo, director of the state health department bureau that oversees the process, said she is encouraged that there is a “robust” number of companies still in the running.
 
“There is a number of strong applicants who are willing to go through the process, and can assure us they can meet all the requirements, that they have the wherewithal financially and otherwise to able to be set up a coherent and effective business,” she said.
 

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Feds raid Denver-area marijuana dispensaries and grow operations

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, November, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
denver-gets-raided-by-deaSeven weeks before the nation's first retail marijuana shops open in Colorado, federal authorities Thursday morning raided more than a dozen Denver metro area marijuana facilities.
 
In the largest federal raid on Colorado marijuana facilities since medical marijuana became legal, federal law enforcement agents with an assist from local police officers executed search and seizure warrants at multiple dispensaries and cultivation facilities throughout the region — at least a dozen in Denver alone.
 
At one raid in Boulder, a pile of seized marijuana lay in the snow like Christmas trees until a front-end loader scooped it up. At the VIP Cannabis dispensary in Denver, broken glass from a shattered front window littered the parking lot while masked agents hauled boxes of evidence into a U-Haul truck.
 
Police turned customers away. And the dispensary's website said it would be closed on Thursday and Friday.
 
Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Denver, said the raids were being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service criminal investigations unit, the Denver Police Department and state and local law enforcement.
 
"Although we cannot at this time discuss the substance of this pending investigation, the operation under way today comports with the Department's recent guidance regarding marijuana enforcement matters," Dorschner said in his e-mailed statement to The Denver Post.
 
"As this is an on-going investigation, no additional information will be made available," he said.
 

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Third medical marijuana dispensary to open in Woodbridge

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, November, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
new-dispensary-in-woodbridgeTRENTON — New Jersey's third medical marijuana dispensary is now accepting registrations for future patients who will be able to buy from the retail site by the end of the year, Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd announced today.
 
Garden State Dispensary, formerly known as Compassionate Care Center of America, is located on Route 1 north in Woodbridge near routes 35 and 9. Registration is important because patients may be affiliated with only one dispensary, O'Dowd said.
 
"Patients now have three options to choose from in terms of geographic location, quality of service and the number and type of strains available," O'Dowd said in a statement.
 
An opening date has not been announced.
 
"We are in the final phases of inspections, and working very closely with regulators," said Florida Attorney Yale Galanter, who is the spokesman for the dispensary.
 
Some 1,500 patients and caregivers have registered with the state's program, which has gotten off to a very slow start, much to the disappointment of patients.
 
In March 2011, the health department awarded contracts to six nonprofits, two each for north, central and south Jersey, to serve the state. Compassionate Care Foundation, Inc. of Egg Harbor opened last month; Greenleaf Compassion Center in Montclair opened in December.
 
Read more: http://www.nj.com

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Navy Veteran Convicted of Running Retail Marijuana Dispensary shop

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, November, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
navy-vet-convictedNavy veteran Jovan Jackson has been found guilty of running a “retail marijuana store” in San Diego.
 
Jurors announced three guilty verdicts Monday for sale of marijuana and two counts of possession for sale. Jackson and his attorney, Lance Rogers, told NBC 7 they plan to appeal the case.
 
In 2009, Jackson was accused of managing and profiting off Answerdam Alternative Care Dispensary in Kearny Mesa. The state’s medical marijuana law protects people from prosecution if they form non-profit collectives or cooperatives.
 
Prosecutor Chris Lindberg said Jackson broke the law.
 
“He grossed close to $160,000 in 75 days of operation, so by no means was it a non-profit. It went beyond that. He didn’t comply with the medical marijuana laws,” Lindberg said.
 
Outside the courtroom, Rogers said even after this five-year case, he and Jackson want to appeal the case to send a message.
 
“We are here to keep the fight going to show the local community and the United States as a whole do not support this failed war on drugs,” Rogers said.
 
However, Chris Lindberg said the guilty verdicts send a message of their own.
 
He responded, “If they follow the law, they’ll be fine. If they don’t and try to hide behind the law to make a lot of money, they may find themselves in Mr. Jackson’s shoes.”
 

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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Lake Havasu City

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, November, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
dispensary-opens-in-havasu-cityA new medical marijuana dispensary recently opened in Lake Havasu City and is serving at least 600 patients by offering 18 strains of marijuana, marijuana edibles, marijuana juices and marijuana-infuses ointments.
 
“We’re helping the patients,” said medical marijuana dispensary consultant Joel Williams.
 
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With card-holding patients entering the dispensary, the stark and sterile lobby is comparable to that of a doctor’s office. Patients check in, and wait their turn for access into the bud tender room, which is a secured area. After selecting their medicines, the patients pay for their selections and are free to go.
 
The dispensary officially opened its doors Oct. 10, and employs seven or eight individuals. There are at least two med-tenders on staff at any one time to help patients. Inside, past the lobby, is the bud tender room, secondary reception area for privacy, a staff processing area, and a security room.
 
“We had an intentional soft opening so we could be sure the systems are in place and the operation is successful,” Williams said.
 
Security measures at the dispensary are comparable to that of a bank, and include 46 security cameras, an elaborate alarm and monitoring system, bullet-proof glass and bullet-proof walls.
 
City zoning issues detailing where the dispensary could be located within city limits and construction delays pushed the opening of the dispensary about 90 days past the directors’ anticipated July opening. In all, the local dispensary has been in the works for about 2 1/2 years.
 

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Vermont clears the way for medical marijuana dispensary in Brattleboro

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, November, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
vermont-dispensariesWhile the state and local officials across Massachusetts continue wrestling with the particulars for how to regulate medical marijuana facilities within their borders, Vermont officials announced the state is clearing the way for a medical marijuana dispensary just over the line in Brattleboro.
 
The Vermont Department of Public Safety announced Thursday it has conditionally approved locating a marijuana dispensary in Brattleboro.
 
The facility, to be operated by Southern Vermont Wellness, Inc.
 
It will be the fourth and final marijuana dispensary in the state as part of the Vermont Marijuana Program, which was signed into law in 2011 as a way to dispense marijuana to people seeking relief from chronic medical conditions.
 
Vermont in 2004 enacted a law allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. More recently, Vermont in July decriminalized marijuana possession for amounts of an ounce or less.
 
In Vermont, the approval of dispensaries and oversight of the registry is in the hands of the state Department of Public Safety, rather than individual communities.
 
In Vermont, people who need want to uses medical marijuana for pain management for any serious or terminal illness may register with the state in order to be free from any criminal prosecution by police for possession of the drug.
 
The dispensaries are not allowed to provide marijuana to anyone except people listed in the registry or their licensed caregiver.
 
The registry is open only to Vermont residents
 

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