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Medical Marijuana

What the pharmaceutical companies don’t want you to know and why

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are legal in 19 states now including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

While India has used Cannabis for medical purposes for around 4,000 years, awareness concerning the numerous benefits of medical marijuana in the United States wasn’t raised until the mid-ninety’s.

Extensive private and public studies have been conducted, and the results proven. The natural herb is useful for treating muscle spasms, nausea, weight loss, reduction of pressure in the eye caused by glaucoma, and chronic pain associated with HIV/Aids, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Anxiety, Depression or Obsession, and Epilepsy.

In 1988 the United States Drug Enforcement Administration declared that, “in it’s natural form, [Cannabis] is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known.”

A research program conducted by the U.S. government hired a national administrator by the name of Todd Mikuriya and his findings stated that, “After dealing with about 10,000 patients in the last 15 years, I’d say about 200 different medical conditions responded favorably to Cannabis.”

With all of the scientific data to support the positive effects of medical marijuana, why is it a federal offense (even if it is legal in your state) punishable by law? Take a look at how Medical Marijuana would affect a number of major industries, and maybe you will find your answer.

  • Pharmaceutical Companies-If you grow your own medicine, how will drug companies thrive? So, it’s very likely they push for the ban on medical marijuana remain in place. Think of how many different medications it takes to treat each ailment, not to mention the other drugs they prescribe you to counteract the negative impact of the prescriptions you are already prescribed, which raises another point:

Nearly all medications have a whole list of negative side effects, possible drug interactions, or chances of an overdose, sometimes fatal. Marijuana is the #1 commonly used drug and besides possible fatigue, or the urge to eat, marijuana has no side effects, nor has it killed anybody, ever, dating back 10,000 years. Prescription drugs are #2 choice and kill about 100,000 people year. Heroin causes fewer deaths than Oxycodone, a commonly prescribed drug.

  • Tobacco Industry-Consumers spend a fortune each year, and the tobacco companies reward their loyal customers with cancer, emphysema, or a host of other appealing conditions.
  • Alcohol-many prefer alcohol to weed for the simple fact that it’s legal, even though the effects of alcohol can be extremely devastating on not only the consumer, but many innocent victims as well. Alcohol induced deaths hover around 24,000 deaths a year. Again, Cannabis, zero. So, it’s no surprise the alcohol companies lobby for the government to push to keep cannabis illegal
  • Cotton Industry-Hemp has a reputation of higher quality than cotton
  • Physicians-Pharmaceuticals pay for you to use their drug, and distribute it. This means you may not be getting the most affordable drug choice so your doctor gets their kickback at your expense
  • Government-political campaigns are largely funded by, you guessed it, the pharmaceuticals. So, obviously it’s in their best interest to keep them happy. It makes you wonder how many seats in Congress, or perhaps even presidents have been ‘bought’?
  • Government paid employees- lawyers, judges, Police, CIA,DEA, among others
  • Drug Dealers-no need for a black market, no customers

So, the question is…Is our government looking out for our best interest or theirs?

For the states that have legalized medical marijuana, need dispensaries. So, the few entrepreneurs who are brave enough to venture into this career, good luck to you, you’re going to need it. Here’s why:

-It is very long and drawn out. The process of opening a dispensary is different state to state

-Mounds of paperwork has to be done just to start the process. An application fee alone will run you around $2,000

-You have to have a license. That will run you about $3,000

-It’s very expensive, ranging from about $5000 up to $500,000 total just to open a dispensary

-Most states classify you as a non-profit organization. That means you won’t be able to make the money you have already invested back.

-Finding investors

-Bank financing

-The biggest problem of all is it’s federally illegal so your subjecting yourself to police raids, prison time, or your assets garnished due to ‘possible drug revenue’ funded belongings, including your money.

So, say you decide the benefits outweigh the risks, here’s what you need to do:

-Call a local lawyer that specializes or is knowledgeable in this area. He or she will be able to let you know exactly what the law is, and what steps you need to take to opening your dispensary. Every state has different protocol and laws to follow, so make sure you abide by your state’s regulations.

-Obtain your license, pay your taxes, pick out your location (some states have rules about how close one dispensary can be to another or how far from a school you have to be)

-Decide what type of cannabis you will supply. There are basically 2 types to choose from and they have different uses:

Sativa-This type is known for giving you the ‘munchies,’ seems to put you in deep thought which contributes to long conversations about pointless subjects but be totally in awe of your ‘new discoveries,’ and giving you energy.

Medical benefits-helps with nausea, increasing appetite, relieving headaches/migraines , relaxing your muscles, wards off depression, promotes creativity, and reducing pain

Then we have:

Indica-can make you physically tired

Medical Benefits-reducing seizures, spasms, anxiety, nausea, and promoting good sleep

Lastly, here are some tips if you do decide to open a dispensary:

  • Make sure you know your state’s rules and regulations. Follow them.
  • Beef up security. You want to discourage anyone drawing negative attention to your business.
  • Install security cameras. Think, inventory control.
  • Don’t grow or sell to anyone for a profit, it’s illegal.
  • Obtain your business license, zoning permit, or seller’s permit.
  • Verify that all your clients have, and display their medical I.D. Make copies.
  • Record all financial transactions, and keep a log of inventory.
  • Be careful of your sale price. Think no-profit.
  • Make sure you don’t have an excess of inventory. You’re only allowed a certain amount per patient. Having more marijuana than allowed subjects you to legal punishment.
  • Keep an updated record of all your patients.
  • Make friends with your neighbors. Complaints provoke police raids.
  • Get on a friendly basis with the Police Dept.
  • Don’t advertise with offensive or suggestive content.
  • Be mindful of how much revenue you keep on hand. You don’t want to be a victim of robbery.

Do you think Tennessee should legalize marijuana? Do you have any thoughts or comments?

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