Legal Deal 

Desert Dawn Caregivers delivers medical MJ directly to Tucsonans

I once met a guy in a parking lot in the projects in Augusta, Ga., to buy a bag of pot.

It was a drive-by street purchase of the most-stereotypical variety, made through the window of my buddy's beat-down truck in the middle of the night, in the shadow of the seediest public-housing complex in town. I used to go to a van in the same parking lot to buy diapers and laundry soap with food stamps, which is a different story, but it tells you the kind of place I was dealing with.

It sucked.

The caregiver, so to speak, thrust a folded piece of paper into my friend's hand and snatched his cash—then someone smashed a bottle in front of his truck. Our new friend told us we'd better split before the crowd at the, er, dispensary got out of hand, so we did. We sped off, only to find the paper stuffed with crumbled-up leaves. The skinny white kids didn't go back for a refund—it was a lesson learned.

Things have changed.

Now I can call Desert Dawn Caregivers, a collective run by a local caregiver and his patient-wife, and have my meds delivered anywhere I need them—without broken bottles or the threat of arrest or violence.

Desert Dawn's caregiver, Brian, met me in a coffee shop, but he offered to meet me anywhere I found comfortable. He will come to your home or meet you in a park or whatever. He was very quick and met me within an hour of my phone call.

It was a little surreal purchasing meds over a table in a coffee shop. What we did was completely legal—it was a patient-to-patient transfer with a donation for costs. Nonetheless, it was a little hard to shake that old familiar Don't-Let-Anyone-See-Us vibe from back in the day. I got over it quickly.

Brian brought out a backpack with the meds—all he had at the time was Chemdog—and I kinda surreptitiously slipped him a cash donation for a small, pink bottle. (Brian was apparently wrong about this strain, which I have never had, being an indica. Most other sites across the World Wide Internets call it a sativa-dominant hybrid.) He is growing for himself, his wife and one other patient, for the time being, and offering his extra meds for other patients. He was between harvests when I met him, which left him a little short on variety, and he recently had some mold issues in his grow room and had to destroy several plants.

I found Brian to be a nice guy, if a little nervous. You can't blame the guy, since he is meeting strangers who know he is carrying MMJ and possibly cash. Interestingly, Brian did not ask for my MMJ card, taking my word for it instead. Neither did I ask for his card, preferring instead to see how it all played out. There was no verification in either direction. I appreciate his willingness to help a stranger connect with meds at risk of life and limb, which sounds a little dramatic, but is true.

Overall, despite the lack of variety, I give Brian and Desert Dawn several thumbs up. I know I only have two, but they deserve several for convenience and the awesomeness of buying meds anywhere I want for a decent price. Go Brian.

Mr. Smith approves.

More by J.M. Smith

  • R.I.P., J.M.

    The hypocrisy of America's cannabis policy finally does our writer in
    • May 15, 2014
  • Donation Dilemmas

    When cannabis is illegal, reasonable people turn to Craigslist and shady disclaimers
    • May 8, 2014
  • The End Is Near

    Mr. Smith reflects on the life of his caretaker as he rages against the dying of the light
    • May 1, 2014
  • More »

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • In Defense of Marijuana

    Kyle Catlin and his attorney say he did nothing wrong, and are counting on Arizona’s medical marijuana law’s ambiguity to prevent him from life in prison
    • Sep 10, 2015
  • Back Home

    Medical marijuana researcher Sue Sisley briefly came back to the UA for a special lecture on the challenges of conducting weed research
    • Apr 7, 2016

The Range

Get Your Fair On!

Streets of This Town: Skeleton Crew

More »

Latest in Medical MJ

  • Hybrid Honesty

    As with all things, the answer lies somewhere in the middle
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • Cannabis Bowl 2017

    Last year was our first Cannabis Bowl, a chance for all medical marijuana patients to let us know their favorite products, people and places all related to our local MMJ community.
    • Apr 20, 2017
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Editor’s Note

    Words mean something
    • Apr 6, 2017
  • The Skinny

    Congrats, Gov. Ducey, on pulling off a heist for the ages.
    • Apr 13, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation