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.

To learn how to open your own, visit


Hesperia shuts down Mesa marijuana dispensary

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, October, 4th 2012 by THCFinder
HESPERIA • The doors to one of the last remaining medical marijuana dispensaries in Hesperia are permanently locked, after owners of the High Desert Compassionate Collective were evicted.
Owners of the collective, located in the four-unit strip mall in the Mesa area, on the corner of Danbury Road and “I” Avenue, were served papers on Wednesday morning — one day short of HDCC’s five-month anniversary.
“It’s been a slow process, but we finally accomplished our goal,” City Councilman Thurston “Smitty” Smith said. “We have one more collective in the industrial area to close.”
Since 2005, 20 collectives have been closed, as the city began citing property owners for allowing collectives to operate without a business permit, certificate of occupancy or other city required documents.
“These places have been operating illegally for a long time,” Mayor Russ Blewett said. “State law allows for the collectives, but they are not functioning as defined by the law.”
Dispensaries quickly closed their doors once the city began its code enforcement process, which fined business owners and landlords $1,500 a day, Blewett said.
“Once we put pressure on the landlords, we saw these businesses close one-by-one,” Smith said.
“The collective filed a demurrer against the city to outlaw the ordinance, but the court turned them down and the landlord was allowed to proceed with the eviction,” Blewett said. “The court saw no validity in their argument, and now they are gone.”
Jody Meade, co-owner of All About You salon, said her clients are quite tickled that the dispensary has closed.
“We never had any problems with the people that ran the dispensary; they’ve actually been respectful and nice,” Meade said. “We have two units available, now that Sancho’s Tacos and the dispensary are gone.”
Meade was surprised at the number of seniors who visited the dispensary on a regular basis, and hopes that the city, state and business owners will get on the same page with the issue in order to help those who legitimately need help.
Residents near the dispensary were outraged after the collective opened near a martial arts studio, and within three miles of six different schools.


L.A. City Council Votes to Overturn Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, October, 3rd 2012 by THCFinder

On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to repeal its recent ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, averting a ballot showdown with advocates over the issue.


The vote leaves Los Angeles, once again, without any law regulating medical marijuana dispensaries. But that does not necessarily mean dispensaries will be allowed to stay open.


Council members say they are hoping that a new federal crackdown on L.A. dispensaries may accomplish what they hoped to achieve with their ban. “That is our relief,” Councilman Jose Huizar said of the federal action, which began last week with raids on several dispensaries. Dozens of other pot shops were sent letters, ordering them to close.


The L.A. City Council is always in favor of others doing their job for them. At some point they have to realize that they need to come up with a set of reasonable regulations for dispensaries in the city.


City officials may also seek to shut down dispensaries on their own by prosecuting operators for violating city land use laws.


The battle over dispensaries is far from over in Los Angeles, but the council is on the ropes.




First Medical Marijuana Dispensary in New Jersey Faces Delayed Opening

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, October, 1st 2012 by THCFinder

The opening of New Jersey's first state-authorized medical marijuana dispensary is going to be delayed, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.


Greenleaf Alternative Treatment Center will not be ready to open for several weeks because it does not have its final certificate of occupancy from Montclair Township, New Jersey.


Delays have been numerous for patients in New Jersey, and that, combined with the heavy restrictions in the program itself, makes one wonder just how serious officials in NJ are about helping sick people.


The New Jersey legislature passed a law allowing medical marijuana in January 2010, but no dispensaries have opened yet.


So far, 170 physicians and 239 patients have registered to take part in the program.


Check out the woman in the video below at about 1:20 in who talks about medical marijuana not being for anxiety since Xanax can be prescribed for that. Some people are just woefully unaware of the awful side effects that come with drugs like Xanax. The male reporter describes the cannabis user as “glassy” towards the end of the interview; have you ever seen someone after taking a Xanax?





Learn how to Start your own Dispensary legally!

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, October, 1st 2012 by THCFinder

These are the "secrets" dispensary owners don't want you to know!

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