Cash-only for medical marijuana at some dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, September, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
Credit card companies are out to stop patients from being able to obtain their medication or atleast making it harder on them anyways. When was the last time you walked into a store to buy your medication to be told you can't use a Credit Card becuase Visa and Mastercard don't want to accept transactions from dispensaries or anything related to the marijuana industry.
DENVER - More and more consumers are turning exclusively to credit and debit cards to pay their daily bills, leaving their cash in the bank.
Some medical marijuana patients say that's a problem because some metro area dispensaries have had their credit card machines pulled from the stores.
One dispensary asked us to find out why, and we learned the problem might be with the credit card machine vendors.
The metro area dispensary owner who contacted us says her vendor blamed it on major credit card companies, saying the companies no longer approve of medical marijuana purchases.
However, one medical marijuana lawyer thinks it's the vendors who are a little worried about the federal laws.
Robert Lipscombe says he's a Vietnam veteran and needs medical marijuana for post traumatic stress disorder.
On Wednesday morning when he went to fill his prescription at the dispensary he goes to, he pulled out a credit card to pay for the medical marijuana.
"She said, 'You can't use your credit cards in here no more,' and I said, 'What?'" Lipscombe said.
We talked to the owner of the dispensary Lipscombe is a patient at. She didn't want us to use her name or dispensary's name.
"My customers are outraged," the woman said.
She says it all started a few days ago when her credit card machine vendor called.
"I got a phone call from United Payment Services and they said, 'Shut the machines down right now,' and I asked why, and they said Visa and Mastercard were no longer allowing purchases to be used for medical marijuana," the dispensary owner said.


Boulder prohibits medical marijuana ads aimed at youth, recreational users

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, September, 21st 2011 by THCFinder
What ads could they possibly be talking about that actually intentionally targest kids to come in and get some medical marijuana? Specially considering the fact that you have to be medical marijuana card holder to get your medication in the first place. Are we having another Joe Camel incident in the making?
The Boulder City Council sent a loud message to local medical marijuana dispensaries that they need to clean up their ads -- by passing an ordinance restricting advertising only to those who have a medical need for the drug.
An ordinance containing a rule against dispensaries advertising to youth or recreational users passed 8-0 Tuesday night on a final reading. Councilwoman KC Becker, who proposed the initial measure, was not present for the vote.
All of the council members said they were concerned about the tone of marijuana ads they felt were marketed to kids and recreational users.
"To deny that these advertisements appeal to youth sounds like the denials tobacco once made that Joe Camel was not aimed at young kids," said Councilman Macon Cowles. "I think the dispensaries need to know if they engage in that type of advertising, their license could be jerked."
The city's licensing clerk would be tasked with deciding whether an advertisement's target crosses the line between medical and recreational use.
Instead of being fined, businesses that the clerk believes have violated the new advertising rules would be held accountable when they come up to renew their business licenses.
Some parents said that's not enough.
"I do not want these people just waiting once a year," said Nancy West-McGuire, a parent of three. "It's not OK to advertise to attract young kids. I don't think it should just be leverage. In that one year we are waiting, kids are being impacted."
But dispensary owners said the problem is not with advertising.
"It's not advertising -- it's friends or drug dealers," said Diane Czarkowski. "Arm kids with facts."


Fullerton takes action on medical marijuana dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, September, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

Fullertons wannabe Mayor apparently thinks he knows better than the voters of California. The way patients obtain their medication from Dispensaries isn't good enough in his eyes and he's going out of his way to make sure Dispensaries are shut down in the city of Fullerton.

The legality of medical marijuana in cities across California is a foggy subject and local governments are struggling to decide how dispensaries should be managed.
While some cities have no ordinances banning the business of medical marijuana dispensaries, Fullerton and other cities have taken measures to keep these pot-distributing cooperatives away.
Ever since the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 and Medical Marijuana Program Act were passed, cooperative networks of medical marijuana distribution have grown immensely.
Currently, marijuana has been legalized in various states for medicinal purposes, but ironically, the drug is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This implies that marijuana still has a high potential for abuse and is not currently accepted for use in medical treatment.
Technically, dispensaries should be able to operate legally as long as they’re nonprofit. However, many cities have avoided the additional costs of law enforcement, zoning regulations and overall community impact. In effect, many cities have enacted ordinances that prohibit the business of medical marijuana dispensaries. In February 2008, Fullerton’s City Council overturned the decision to allow dispensaries in town in a 4-1 vote.
Don Bankhead, a Cal State Fullerton alumnus and Fullerton’s current mayor pro-tem, served on the Fullerton City Council in 2008.  Based on his own marijuana research, his vote against the dispensaries was justified by his disagreement with the methods being used to distribute the drug and the ease of access to individuals.
“If there is an actual medical benefit, it should be disbursed the same way as other medicine. It should be prescribed by doctors that practice medicine and dispensed through a regular pharmaceutical,” he said.


SJ Shuts Down Businesses - As Long As They're Pot Clubs

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, September, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

San Jose is trying to make it Hell for patients who need their medical marijuana. The city estimates there are over 140 dispensaries and wants to limit that number down to 10. Why do you think it's ok to shut places down and push medical patients to the streets to get their medication from unsafe dealers with unsafe medication.

It's the law, but that doesn't mean San Jose has to like it. The City Council and mayor on Tuesday voted to shut down up to 130 businesses, the pot clubs that won't fit in the city's new "10 clubs only" limit
San Jose city officials aren't afraid of taking anti-business stances and saying no to tax revenue -- as long as the businesses are medical marijuana dispensaries.
An estimate 140 dispensaries exist in San Jose today, paying up to $1 million in taxes directly to the city, according to the San Jose Mercury News. But city officials approved on Tuesday a plan to whittle the amount of dispensaries allowed in town down to 10, the newspaper reported.
The clubs will also have to move to certain restricted commercial or industrial areas, and grow all of their own product on-site, the newspaper reported. That, the dispensaries say, will almost certainly attract attention from federal law enforcement, making the city rules a virtual death sentence. 
"We'll have something in place that will make it impossible for us to operate," said Dave Hodges, founder of the All American Cannabis Club, one of the first marijuana dispensaries in the city, founded almost two years ago.


Lawmakers in California's 3rd-largest city take step toward limiting medical marijuana industry

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, September, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Lawmakers have taken a big step toward downsizing and regulating the medical marijuana industry in the nation’s 10th-largest city.
San Jose’s city council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to regulations that will sharply limit how and where pot collectives can operate and cap their number at 10. Officials estimate San Jose has about 140 cannabis dispensaries and delivery services.
If the council gives the regulations final approval on Sept. 27, clubs would compete for the 10 operating licenses on a first-come, first-served basis. Those that do not win a slot will be ordered to close.
The rules also will require licensed collectives to grow all the marijuana they distribute on-site. Dispensary operators say they would have to plant huge gardens that would make them targets for federal drug raids.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Legal wrangling over medical marijuana clubs

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Wed, September, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

AZ will hopefully someday get their shit together so medical marijuana patients can start getting their medication.

PHOENIX -- The state cannot try to shut down medical marijuana clubs because Gov. Jan Brewer is ignoring the will of voters, an attorney for one of the clubs is arguing.
Michael Walz said he is not conceding that the clubs, where dues-paying members can get free marijuana, are operating outside the scope of the medical marijuana law approved by voters last year. Walz and lawyers representing other clubs believe their operations fit within an exception.
But Walz said that the state has no right to go to court to try to shut the operations down. 
"The voters passed Proposition 203 that required the state to set up a number of dispensaries, about 126,' he said Tuesday. Those dispensaries were supposed to be where individuals with certain medical conditions could legally obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of the drug every two weeks.
But Brewer along with state Health Director Will Humble are refusing to even accept applications to run the dispensaries.
The governor said she feared that state employees who would process the forms could be subject to criminal prosecution under federal laws which make it a crime to even facilitate someone obtaining illegal drugs. And marijuana remains illegal under federal statutes.
Brewer also directed Attorney General Tom Horne to file suit, asking a federal judge if Arizona can implement its medical marijuana law -- including licensing dispensaries -- despite the federal laws. But in the meantime, no dispensaries are being licensed even though there already are close to 11,000 Arizonans who have state-issued permits to purchase and use marijuana for medicinal purposes.
"She's refusing to follow the law without any legal excuse,' said Walz who represents the Arizona Compassion Club. "That's just not tolerable.'



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