Massachusetts Working On Dispensaries By Summer
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, February, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
The east coast state of Massachusetts has been working on making medical marijuana available to patients for over a year now. But last Friday marked the day that the state granted out the first 20 (of more to come) licenses to run dispensaries. The shops will be spread throughout MA, including one in the high trafficked area of Boylston Street in the heart of Boston. Other cities that will contain the shops include Worcester, Newton, and Salem.
The state law says that there can be 35 license allowed but officials have decided to just start off with 20 to see how things go. It was promised that more licenses will be given out towards the summer months. The medical marijuana laws in Massachusetts also say that no county shall have more than five dispensaries. But since medical marijuana was approved by voters two years ago, these small steps bring cannabis a little bit closer to the patients in Massachusetts.
One of the clinics opening in MA, named Green Heart Holistic Health, are keeping their fingers crossed that they will be able to open their new shop at the end of the summer, located right across from Boston University Medical Center. They will have their grow site in Amesbury and will not just be growing THC concentrated strains but ones with good amounts of CBD as well, which will help patients that have MS, epilepsy, and cancer. The facility will most likely be a large indoor grow, with smaller plots outside for summer months, as growing marijuana in the cold east coast winters is extremely difficult (there are some people who seem to think that it's still possible to grow through four feet of snow... Trust me, I've spoken to these kinds of people).
The domino effect on the east coast is spreading. While Massachusetts is only allowing medical marijuana for terminal patients and not fully legalizing, it's still a huge step for the east coast. Support for cannabis is still gaining an incredible amount of momentum and with more people accepting the benefits of the plant, we can hope to see more states push for legalization. At least the east coast is finally managing to make moves in order to even out the country in regards to cannabis acceptance.
Massachusetts sees 100 bids to open medical marijuana dispensaries
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
The 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.
Read more: http://www.boston.com
Feds raid Denver-area marijuana dispensaries and grow operations
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, November, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
Seven 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.
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com
Third medical marijuana dispensary to open in Woodbridge
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, November, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
TRENTON — 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
Navy Veteran Convicted of Running Retail Marijuana Dispensary shop
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, November, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
Navy 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.”
Read more: http://www.nbcsandiego.com
Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Lake Havasu City
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, November, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
A 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.
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.
Read more: http://www.havasunews.com
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