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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “Patient Focused

I have never written a prescription, I have been administration for organizations that do in the past, I too am a supporter of legalization of cannabis. I am not sure of the motivation behind your comment but can make myself available to discuss. One Love

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Posted by Aari Ruben on 09/14/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Patient Focused

LOL really a great article, Did I read this right ? A paid propagandist right here.

"Our staff is educated on the product, and they're familiar with alternative health care methods," What does that mean? Homeopathic , Naturists, or even smoke lodge these all have a endorsing group that make standards and license them for distribution and study.

" marijuana also treats conditions like epilepsy, cancer, and a long list of other issues ". Post-traumatic stress" I have MS and a severe nerve damage I have been to these HMMM Non-Profit never do they have a consistent supply of a phenol cannabis that helps me. But they are happy to help me with pain. I have a care giver that grows for me and has my needs in stock all the time.

There are currently 60,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona, but more than a half million people here with PTSD," said Ruben. "That could potentially be our biggest market. Well there you go Market driven economics corner the market and raise the price!
In this case AZDHS has no standard of testing standards, no pesticide standards, no labeling or packaging standards for safety from children. What they do have is inventory control of weight or trying and this is how Dispensaries and the Government want to regulate MMJ.

" People say marijuana makes you forget, but if you've shot 50 people, maybe forgetting that isn't a bad thing" I doubt less than >0001% of the eligible people for PTSB ran around the middle east in a HummVee with a 50 caliber ridiculous.

Ruben, who spent much of his working life as a medical administrator prescribing painkillers, Correct me if I am wrong Administrators don't prescribe licensed professionals do. List his license professional association.

""We do a lot of social promotion of hippie ideals," he said. "Eat good, clean air, green energy, take care of yourself. I was born in 1952 was around the bay area in 67 noting here with MMJ is ever or can be associated with "Hippie ideals" because you have what resembles a " IRON BUTTERFLY" album don't make it hippie

We have come along way in so many ways from the 60's we remember Kennedy raising the troops in Vietnam from 500 to 50,000 Johnson from 50,000 to 500,000 all in an effort to help.
This dispensary route is not what the voter wanted with MMJ like my hippie ideal we have a long way to go.
Legalize having used cannabis for over 42 years it should be decimalized legalize only after the Federal government changes it's classification. Only then can comprehensive peer structured study can come from this plant. This is just an effort to try and exploit and profit.

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Posted by CARPET BAGGING on 09/14/2014 at 6:23 AM

Re: “Patient Focused

Thanks to Chris and the weekly for the great article. We want to announce that we are NOW OPEN from 7am to 10pm in accordance with state law and the new local ordinance. Thanks Tucson! One Love, DBRC

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Posted by Aari Ruben on 09/12/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Small-Town Feeling

That small town a police state. Marijuana is still being treated as if it was radioactive rather than as a common herb much less harmful to users than alcohol or tobacco. One day, we will look back and laugh at the extra security and extra high prices of the early days of legalization.

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Posted by Bradson on 09/04/2014 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Small-Town Feeling

Chris, Yes there is a small town feel coming back to Tucson a feel that I have not felt in years. Over the years associations are made friends and family grow weaving a fabric of community. I had a uncle that worked as a laborer for the stucco crews on the 6th Avenue bridge. He later became a Medical Dr. and was a flight Surgeon on the Iwo Jima campaign. He would often talk how the construction crews wee constantly smoking reefer on the site and around the industrial parts of Tucson of the time. This and many other home remedies discussed as this was a main form of affordable treatment available to them.

Out of those associations came the first Marijuana distribution they are entrenched and have a history. I don't see the marketing potpourri of candy store front dispensaries filling that community roll as they price fix, We hear about the term Non-Profit if your going to use the term open the books for all to see. I myself would rather have more disposal cash in my pocket than give it to a medical supplier with a tax burden included to spend it in the community as they see fit under the guise in my interests.

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 09/04/2014 at 2:34 AM

Re: “Earth's Healing Sets a Precedence

What a load go to weed maps look at what the advertised prices out of 12 varieties they have 1 that is $13.00 a gram the rest is the highest price in town a loss leader of old stock. This is the Snake Oil/ Carpet Bagging we want to help you kind of marketing that is happening to the MMJ medical community.

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Posted by I will post all 5 stars for a roll on 09/01/2014 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Growing Their Own

Is this paid advertising? Sure reads like it.

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Posted by BuffCrone on 08/28/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Adventures in Edibles

With the human track record of overindulgence, I hope these attractive, appealing, yummy treats are very moderately dosed so that eating a few won't cause more unpleasant Maureen Dowd overdose experiences.

Posted by Bradson on 08/28/2014 at 4:10 AM

Re: “Adventures in Edibles

This is very nice to have this option I know smoking can have risks and a social stigma. I was at the Apothecary and they showed me the Hot Sauce/ However I was looking for a particular strain I guess infused edibles are not really strain specific or phenol directed. Perhaps it might be the manufactured products are the edible, honey stick, Gummy Bears, Soda, Cookies, strain specific? When I have gone this has not been the case. I see the market driven how much THC just read above, I look for CBD or CBN .

Well in my 60 years on earth have shown me one thing it is not up to somebody else it is up to me. I have been on the outside I tried to come inside out of the heat and cold only to be told there is no room for you here come back we might have something later. I know where comfort is thanks.

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Posted by satisfied on 08/27/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Dispensary Dilligence

The Downtown Dispensary offers zero discounts to students. Zero discounts on game-days. There is no point or reward system to enroll in.

Perhaps the parents that have suffered for years watching their children become debilitated by epileptic seizures or cancer have reached out to a medical professional already? And perhaps offering them a solution is reason enough to stick around and tolerate the stigma of just trying to get people "high"?

The current list of qualifying MEDICAL conditions in the state of AZ is as follows:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Hepatitis C
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Crohn's disease
Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
Severe and chronic pain;
Severe nausea;
Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

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Posted by A Tucson Veteran on 08/23/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Dispensary Dilligence

Well thanks for the commercial Chris. Nice having unpaid distribution of a "HMMM" non-profit. I have been to the Downtown Dispensary it is not any different in my opinion than the others. I left purchasing the tincture of CBD as the other stock was purely in my opinion just high flavored THC. I believe situated so close to he college crowd it is their market. I remember free doctor recommendations on Saturdays, bonus points, specials on game day. I just don't have the time or the desire to join a group that has me running across town for a gram special or 1/8. For some MMJ is a confirmation of allegiance with a self defined social group. The dispensaries market and cater to these groups have patients jotting all over town hoping to get a free high if they give a favorable review on rating sites. the average price for MMJ in 4 different states that I frequent is half that of what is being priced gouged here in Tucson. The MMJ patient is going under the bus, go to a medical professional get a support group dispensaries are not it.

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Posted by Diggum on 08/21/2014 at 7:26 AM

Re: “22 Down, 28 to Go

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Posted by Reginald Shaun on 08/20/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Get a Job

What needs to change is AZDHS needs to come into line with costs to enroll this should not be a revenue enhancer and market access limiter. REALISTIC PRICING !

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 08/13/2014 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Get a Job

it is good to see this open opinion on MMJ. I see a great paradox here between quality of life and market driven revenue. With the AZ MMJ law passed gave some great protections to the Patient that needs this kind of medication. To legalize it these would be gone the enforcement now would be on home growers and a civil action taken by the government and possible liens and levies against property for growing your own. It seems unfathomable to try and build a business and on a weed. It can and will grow anywhere and does. Over the years I have witnessed urban grows and micro grows that yield fantastic quality. Having worked in the commercial Landscape business and toured many a nursery the Imperial valley can turn out tons a month plenty of water and skilled labor for that. Cannabis is similar to Alfalfa and cotton. In Yuma they get 4 cuttings a year and the enhanced UVB from the latitude grow a better product. So to surmise do you want the police to go from protecting to tax collection? To invest so much to have fantastically skilled commercial grow operations with all facilities in place? To lose the protection given under the law to MMJ patients? To pursue strong market driven stains rather than strains related to MMJ ? One question to you Brad as you have worked in the MMJ business dispensary what training did they give and maintain to the employees on how different strains and pheno affect different medical ailments?

As a note when the federal government changes the classification the Indian reservations when there is no SS tax or state tax low investment cost and great land. Right now it is possible to buy over the internet from state's that recognize other states MMJ patient cards. and the post office in the trouble they are in don't want to police that.

There is a symbiotic relationship between these dispensaries and the MMJ patient this ridiculous claim of compassion care and nonprofit where you can grow the cost of a new Hyundai on 60 days. Dispensaries just don't realize the whole industry is a house of cards they too need the MMJ laws. Student, Veteran, Senior, happy hour, gameday, specials, bonus points, why cant there be honest pricing? The cost to produce is obvious inflate the cost and entice with discounts very discouraging for MMJ patients such as myself and I know hundreds to support these dispensaries. Result less people signing up for it they are killing their own. When asked by other in my support groups if it is worth while to obtain this license and go to dispensaries. I tell them get the license for protection stay with the support group there options to getting it.

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 08/13/2014 at 4:34 AM

Re: “Get a Job

+ 1 vonniaz
+ 1 KirkMuse

I did not renew, $$$, was the reason.

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Posted by Former Green Guy on 08/11/2014 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Get a Job

$150 to get a medical mj license for the privilege of paying $350 or more per ounce for something that available on the black market for about $75 an ounce.

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Posted by KirkMuse on 08/07/2014 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Get a Job

I don't know for sure, but I thing a lot of why we are not signing up in droves, is the high cost just to obtain the card. If we come to our sense, we can hop on the bandwagon and make it legal for recreation as it should be, we might be able to save enough to patronize the excellent dispensaries we have at our disposal and will need more people to staff them. How's that for an idea?

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Posted by vonniaz on 08/07/2014 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Word Worries

Well here we again looking at the prosecution of cannabis users/growers and the business side of it. What is consistently the focus in these opinions is the business of MMJ. Little if at all is the phenol types the medical and the different characters of strains. What has worked for different nerve muscle neurological applications. I hear a lot about revenue tax collected opportunities for starting and young entrepreneurs. The Medical marijuana Law was passed for the medical side. I was hoping but I guess I knew better the medical patient goes under the Dispensary bus. The shills playing Journalist Doctor entrepreneur non profit business .

Posted by Robert Ruckman on 08/05/2014 at 1:12 AM

Re: “Word Worries

Pot is already widely available outside of dispensaries. And cheaper. The whole point of legalized drug dealers was to generate a tax from the trade. The potheads who can't smoke themselves silly with their "prescription" allotment currently sell it to others to offset the cost.

Nothing new here.

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Posted by Yes Bob on 08/03/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Planning Progress

Tucson limits the size of cultivation sites and Phoenix doesn't? What's wrong with this picture? We need larger cultivation sites in Tucson to lower prices for Tucson patients and to provide jobs to Tucson citizens.

Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 07/31/2014 at 8:12 PM

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