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Comment Archives: stories: Opinion: Medical MJ

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 !

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

Re: “Planning Progress

I have noticed increasingly that MMJ in capsule form is available in California, I don't know yet about Colo and Wash but I sure would like to have that option in AZ. Chances? Available? Where? Cost? It certainly would be a great big plus to have this available. Not to mention it wold make easier on the lungs.

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Posted by vonniaz on 07/24/2014 at 7:28 AM

Re: “Planning Progress

I wish any presentation would begin with a brief opening report about the overall safety and lack of harm to Tucson's medical marijuana users. The fears of increased crime, traffic fatalities, teen use, etc. are not happening. Politicians are still treating cannabis, a non-toxic plant, as if it was plutonium.

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Posted by Bradson on 07/24/2014 at 5:33 AM

Re: “Planning Progress

In the commission presentation to the council Brad stated they had the dispensaries owners in the audience, were their any caregiver network owners in attendance? The caregiver grow too for patients to match strain to ailment. Dispensaries give happy hour discounts, referral freebies, maybe a strain matched to ailment if in stock a switch to the high THC. Long waits little knowledge of patients ailment and treatment needed. A caregiver comes instructs and grows for the patient. The limit on grow size was established in the start for the size care givers could have. By passing this It will put hundreds of caregivers out of work which have not been accounted for in the article. They are growing enough now the patients what this will do is say only the market orientated of high THC forgoing the strain development. The analogy of a Pizza business is just ridiculous. You would have to be stoned to believe that one

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Posted by Marijuana distributors abound on 07/24/2014 at 1:00 AM

Re: “Planning Progress

There have been delivery service going in Tucson for the last 2 years this is an end run by the Dispensary owners to put caregiver network out of business. Which have been supplying delivers for awhile. Can you list who is on this" HMMM " commission this would enlighten? These people want pure legalization in so the Medical Patient will go under the bus

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Posted by Whats going ON on 07/24/2014 at 12:42 AM

Re: “Planning Progress

Funny how there is over 50,000 patients with valid AZ MMJ cards that cost $150 to the AZDHS. There are only 8 dispensaries in Tucson that maybe have 100 total people working for them and the rules are being relaxed for the dispensaries? Where is the ability for the patients to grow their own medicine without having to pay exorbitant prices at these supposed "non-profit" medical marijuana dispensaries.

Please show some common sense City Council Members and lighten up and allow the patients to grow their 12 plants without the fear of TPD sending in the swat teams and attack helicopters on the patients. This is what the law was for to help patients not make the already wealthy dispensary owners even richer.

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Posted by Speaking Truth to Power on 07/23/2014 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Strain Selecting

somebody explain to him the concept of phenotype. one love

Posted by Aari Ruben on 07/18/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Research Ruckus

Colorado just finished it's first study of legalized marijuana facts are astounding the average price of an ounce is 1/2 that of here $220.00 and We are doing what about that?

Posted by Rbt on 07/11/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Research Ruckus

great article. I would think at this time and coming elections in November t would be a good time to canvas your US congressman to change the classification of Cannabis. The UofA depends on so many federal grants ask your congressman to only allow grants if Cannabis research is continued at the UofA unfettered. It is my understanding that Colorado is manufacturing most of the edibles' being sold today. Why is this huge market being established and Arizona is standing behind the fence. ( UofA being a forefront in agriculture and of all regions in the US this is the best) There is so much to vote for in this coming election don't allow this Arizona's election stage to be built without cannabis research and classification.

There comes a time for everyone to make a choice between income and life. Let's not let tax income hinder the research of cannabis for the medical needs of mankind. Taxability will always be there regulatory government will take care of that. The biggest obstacle in the road is classification don't be sidetracked by what bozo did what at some cannabis circus in another state. And we all know copywrite and market establishment in the beginning establishes direction and where taxes can be applied, So Arizona and the UofA need to get on this BUS.

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Posted by Ruckman on 07/10/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Research Ruckus

Senator Kimberly Yee runs Arizona and marijuana is her #1 target...she had the UA professor fired and even sent the cops to my house in cali for a letter i wrote her, the cops just laughed at her...ive written her everyday since

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Posted by Immortal Illumined on 07/10/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Research Ruckus

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD=Can't Be Done), sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever


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Posted by Immortal Illumined on 07/10/2014 at 7:43 AM

Re: “NY State of Mind

That's great news Brad, So then has having a column and experience in the industry as well as being a patient. Can I ask you for a opinion on how you were counseled on the use of MMJ at these locations. I do understand pain is the most common need and use but there are other apples on the tree so to speak. For instance HIV Cancer for appetite nerve spastic involuntary jerks nerve disorders.

I thank you as having been in the industry you can enlighten us on the training a weedtender has in physiology the total testing procedure to make it medical quality what are the parameters. What is the training required to become a weedtender? How much of the plant is tested for say NEEM oils and other contaminants? Can you give us the cost break down on how much goes to the state how much goes to operations how much goes to product after all it is non-profit this should be readily available.

My experience going to several dispensary are is that ailment you have the spastic nerve impulses you does it cause you pain ? Well yes and it fatigues me too. So I ask can we treat the nerve condition rather than the pain from it BOOM dear in the headlights syndrome. Then the colored chart going down the columns ailing ailment with strain anybody that can read a menu can do this. The best place I have gone is Tumbleweed as far as medical use and counseling on MMJ unfortunately these ladies were put out by the 25 miles rule and dispensary regulations. STILL RUN A REFERRAL AND INFORMATION SERVICE

If a person goes to a internet MMJ site you see all the blitzing by friends and owners. Statements like these dudes rock their AK47 is the BOOM and Angelia is hot too. We are being charges for a medical product at a medical price. You see so many dispensaries list the price for a gram and 1/8 at it's highest price. so at the gram price we se a cost of $8,960.00 per pound or the price of a new Hyundai Accent. And AZDHS has a 6 million dollars tax collected surplus from MMJ. You missed the story of the UofA professor term cut for wanting some of that monies to study.

I have fared much better going to a caregiver grower whom grow for my ailment than market driven high THC strains for game day and student discounts. I see truly need people that the MMJ law was passed let them grow if they have a medical card. If you restrict to dispensaries only then these support groups will be gone.


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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 07/03/2014 at 4:14 AM

Re: “NY State of Mind

I've been to about 20 dispensaries, and I don't work for one. I no longer work for Bloom.

Posted by BPoole on 07/02/2014 at 8:11 PM

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