As im sure many of you have read, heard, or seen what just happened in the county of Los Angeles during the elections for a new mayor as well as some new propositions for the city and county of Los Angeles. More specifically I am referring to proposition D which will result in a limit of how many medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed to stay open for regular operations within the city of Los Angeles.
If you have been following any political movements within the city of Los Angeles you should already know that this is not the first time nor will it be the last time the city as well as the federal government threatens owner/operators of dispensaries to shut their doors or face the consequences of property and assets forfeiture or even worse possible jail time if they continue to operate. I don’t believe I have enough fingers to count how many times I have heard of the “crack down” on dispensaries whether its threats coming from the city or the federal government.
I felt I had an appropriate title for this blog do to the fact that they are closing them “again”. What I mean by this is it seems like every couple months they make an attempt to close the dispensaries down or regulate however nothing significant ever seems to happen. There is never any legitimate form of regulation and therefore it is just resources being waste by the city and federal government. If there was an actual attempt to regulate these businesses then why does it seem like every couple months they need to target dispensaries AGAIN? Do you think this is just a waste of resources and our tax dollars? How would you regulate these medical shops so that they are accessible for patients yet would fall into what the city of county deems legal? Feel free to comment on what you would do to regulate shops.
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I will never forget my first visit to a medical marijuana dispensary. It was like being a kid in a candy store except this “candy” had magical powers or so that’s how I felt after consuming the delicious chocolate bar. Upon arriving to the dispensary I was greeted by a receptionist whom took my medical recommendation as well as my California ID and verified my information which took a matter of less than 5 minutes. Once I was verified and a patient of the dispensary I was buzzed through a green door and this is where, as some say, “the magic happens”.
Upon walking through the green door, to the right of me was a large TV playing back a movie (which I don’t recall what was playing), in front of the large TV was an L shaped black couch with a coffee table that had some medical marijuana books and other literature available for patients to read while they waited to be seen by the bud tenders. To the left of the TV was a long display case with medications properly being stored in large mason jars, behind the display case on the wall was the menu of the dispensary which was broken down to: name of strain and the prices were broken down to; 1g, half 1/8, 1/8, 1/4, half oz, and Oz. Honestly I was in shock at the amount of options I had in front of me. The strains were written in three different colors; red for indica, green for sativa, and blue for hybrid.
When it was finally my turn to be seen by the next available bud tender he introduced himself and asked for my first time patient ticket and proceed to explain what I was going to be receiving as a first time patient which was 1g of free medication, a small spoon pipe, and a free lighter as well as a discount for my first time purchase. The bud tender was very helpful in identifying my request when I told him what I was looking for.
Ill never forget my first time visit to a medical marijuana dispensary do to the fact that from the receptionist to the bud tender to the security they all made it a pleasant experience and that’s why they gained my business until eventually for one reason or another they were closed down by the city they conducted business in. Do you recall your first time visit to a dispensary? What made you come back or why didn’t you go back? Do you remember what your first time patient gifts are? Feel free to comment about your experience and share your great or horror stories of first time visits.
Recently an article was written in the LA times that brought up the question, should doctors recommend the use of medical marijuana to their patients? The fact of the matter is, doctors are already recommending medical marijuana to their patients. It is becoming more common to find that doctors are acknowledging the medicinal benefits marijuana has to offer.
Although some doctors still feel that there is not enough information and research to identify the cannabis plant as an acceptable form of alternative medicine the amount of states leaning towards full decriminalization of the plant continues to increase year after year. The general public is speaking out in numbers and is arguing the fact that marijuana does indeed contribute to helping with certain illnesses and therefore should be acknowledged for its medical benefits.
Patrick Kennedy a former U.S. representative of Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district, son of Edward Kennedy and member of the famous Kennedy family is fighting to keep marijuana illegal. Kennedy is the chairman of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), a new national organization with a wish to force marijuana consumers into treatment and subject them to mandatory health screenings and “marijuana education” camps.
To add insult to injury to marijuana advocates and enthusiasts the clueless Kennedy was quoted saying, “Marijuana destroys the brain and expedites psychosis,” he said Tuesday. “It’s just overall a very dangerous drug.”
This coming from a man whose family has made a fortune in selling alcohol for years, a substance that’s been proven more dangerous than marijuana.
Kennedy and others have been invited to a National Conference in February to better inform Kennedy amongst others to Develop Public Health Policy based on science and not just uneducated assumptions.
Colorado and Washington (state) have made recreational use of marijuana legal, yet the NFL still prohibit players who play for teams in those states to use them even on an off time basis, while many of the NFL endorsers are alcohol related companies. The NFL is also prohibiting players from using marijuana for medical purposes despite its proven ability to ease pain – an obvious trend among all NFL players is pain.
Allowing the players to use marijuana instead of painkillers may even make a positive difference in the performances. As there are many negative examples of people hopped up on pills.
Since Colorado and Washington voters approved of legalizing the recreational use and possession or marijuana to adults 21 years and over, it has already made remarkable progress in terms of establishments being created.
In Colorado two marijuana clubs; Club 64 and The White Horse Inn have emerged and since it is only legal in Colorado to grow, there are now pot growing classes. There are quite a few now, most of them informing students on how to start a dispensary and marijuana laws. For the average Colorado resident that is looking to grow marijuana in their homes, THC University is a program that will be renting out college classrooms through out Colorado that provides them with that kind of education.
THCU will instruct their students on how to successfully grow at home and provide all the equipment needed to get started, except the plant itself. Co-founder of THCU Matt Jones said “The goal is to help Coloradans interested in growing marijuana, learn how to safely, and legally do so, in a fun, comforting and supportive environment.”