Court backs Calif. marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, October, 25th 2012 by THCFinder
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- A California judicial panel sided with medical marijuana growers, ruling pot collectives can provide the drug to members, even if the members didn't grow it.
The San Diego district attorney and California Attorney General Kamala Harris argued the provision in the state's medicinal marijuana law permits non-profit collectives, but they were intended to be small groups of people who grew the plants together, not a massive enterprise with thousands of patients serving as a mass dispensary, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
But a three-judge appellate panel in San Diego said the state's law protects non-profit pot collectives regardless of size.
Prosecutors were said to be eyeing Harborside Health Center, an Oakland non-profit marijuana collective with 108,000 patients, making it the largest medicinal marijuana provider in the country.


Long Beach may shut down medical marijuana shops on East Anaheim Street

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 23rd 2012 by THCFinder
LONG BEACH -- City officials want to revoke the business license of a property owner who is allowing a medical marijuana dispensary to operate without a permit.
The Long Beach City Council will decide Tuesday on whether to uphold an appeals hearing officer's recommendation to take away the commercial business license of Bentech LLC, the owner of a strip mall at 3721 E. Anaheim St.
Bentech has permitted several collectives to operate in a space at the mall, most recently the Healing Tree Holistic Association, according to Erik Sund, the city's business relations manager.
Tenants didn't have had their own licenses and Bentech hasn't been responsive to administrative fines levied nor has the company evicted the collectives as the city requested, Sund said.
Taking away Bentech's commercial business license -- which is separate from an individual business license -- will prevent any new permits from being issued at the entire property for one year.
"At the end of the day, it will affect the property owner significantly because they cannot lease that space out to a business," Sund said.
Current operators at the location won't be affected by the revocation, officials said.
Long Beach has struggled to control "rogue" dispensaries for years.


Tacoma dispensary busted for marijuana beer

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, October, 22nd 2012 by THCFinder

Talk about idiotic! These are the kinds of things that just hurt the forward progress of our industry. Be smart people, think before you do something stupid.

TACOMA — The state Liquor Control Board says a Tacoma medical marijuana outlet sold “cannabis enriched” beer to a minor.

The board says it organized a covert buy with the help of the Pierce County sheriff’s office, and an underage informant bought three bottles of “cannabis enriched honey beer” from the Hashford Compassion club.
The News Tribune reports the club does not have a license to sell alcohol. Officials are pursuing the case as a liquor sales violation.
Cases of the beer were seized Friday as evidence.


Melrose makes preemptive strike against marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, October, 17th 2012 by THCFinder
Melrose is joining a growing list of communities throughout the Commonwealth in a preemptive push to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within the city.
Melrose, Reading, Saugus, and Wakefield are simultaneously pushing for a change in zoning ordinances that would effectively outlaw the dispensaries, said Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan. A similar control is set for consideration in Malden, and a Melrose public health official said efforts are also underway in Hudson.
If passed, the law would establish a maximum of 35 nonprofit treatment centers that would be licensed with the state Department of Public Health and capable of cultivating and selling marijuana to qualified patients who obtain a prescription from their doctor.
The prohibition of the facilities springs from what Dolan said are dubious standards that could unwittingly allow abuse of the law, which defines a qualifying patient as someone diagnosed by their doctor with a debilitating medical condition, and who would derive a benefit from medical use of the substance.
"Due to these poor standards there could be crime and quality of life issues," the mayor said. "Our Planning Board believes that this is the right piece of legislation for Melrose."
The push comes less than a month before voters in Massachusetts are expected to overwhelmingly pass the measure, also known as Question 3, at the Nov. 6 election.
Ruth Clay, the director of the regionalized Board of Health for Melrose, Wakefield, and Reading, said other states that have medical marijuana laws have seen vast abuse.
"In the experiences of these other states the primary purchaser of marijuana in these stores are not people with chronic debilitating illnesses in great pain," Clay said. "The average purchaser in California is a 32-year-old white male with no other underlying medical conditions."
For instance, Clay said, the law allows for a qualified patients to keep a 60-day supply of the substance, but does not define a specific quantity. There is also no age minimum for recipients, she said.
"There are a lot of issues still to be addressed."
Next for the measure, which has already received preliminary Planning Board approval, is a joint meeting between the Board of Aldermen and the Planning Board. A public hearing also will be necessary, and must be scheduled within 65 days of Planning Board approval.
"The problem with doing nothing is the uncertainty of how its going to be interpreted," said Denise Gaffey, Melrose city planner. "And if it is defined as closely to one of the medical uses in our zoning ordinance, it could be allowed."
Gaffey said surrounding communities will be notified of the hearing, and that anyone with strong opinions should speak out.
"We want everyone to be aware of it, and if there are issues or concerns, or if you support it or opposed to it, come and say why," Gaffey said.
In Massachusetts, all town bylaws come under review by the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley for compatibility with other state laws. But city ordinances do not face the same process, giving those such as Melrose freedom to pass ordinances as they see fit, according to Coakley's office. 
Coakley's office declined to speculate on the legality of bylaws not yet passed at town meetings. In general, laws passed by cities are only reviewable once a legal challenge is filed, and Coakley's office did not comment on the potential legality of the Melrose ordinance.


Designated R.I. dispensaries expect to begin selling medical marijuana after Jan. 1

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, October, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The long wait in the issuance of licenses for three dispensaries that will sell marijuana to patients in the state medical marijuana program is about to end.
The state Health Department is in the final stages of completing its revised regulations. Once that is done, representatives from the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence; Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick and Greenleaf Compassionate Care in Portsmouth will submit registration to operate applications.
Principals and spokesmen for Slater and Greenleaf anticipate that they will begin selling marijuana to nearly 5,000 patients shortly after Jan. 1.
The dispensaries, under revised legislation, will be allowed to grow no more than 99 mature marijuana plants and stock a maximum of 1,500 ounces of the drug at any one time.


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.

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