A Primer on Selling Pot Legally in California

A Primer on Selling Pot Legally in California
Posted by CN Staff on March 10, 2007 at 10:23:24 PT
By Andrew Glazer, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Los Angeles, CA -- So you want to sell pot legally in California. The first step is to become a "primary caregiver," a status that insulates you and your patients suffering from "serious medical conditions" from prosecution for violating state laws against pot distribution.As a primary caregiver, the law authorizes you to grow, transport and provide marijuana to patients.
You don't need any background in health care to hold this status. Nor do you need to register with the state. All it takes is an oral or written agreement between you and a patient designating you as their "primary caregiver." And you must be older than 18.So where do you get the pot? You can grow it yourself. But if you don't have the acreage, grow lamps or know-how, you're out of luck because the state has no system to provide marijuana and does not designate authorized pot wholesalers to sell the weed.The result, federal authorities say, is clinic owners do the same thing as people jonesing for pot in states without medical marijuana laws: They buy it illegally from street dealers.The state doesn't regulate what "primary caregivers" can charge for marijuana. And while clinics are prohibited from earning a profit there's no rule on how much a clinic owner can pocket. Some are pulling in millions of dollars each year, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.If you want to get in on the action, you might consider advertising. You could go the route of a San Fernando Valley clinic and have roller-skating employees pass out glossy fliers to shoppers at a nearby mall.Or you could simply leave fliers on car windshields. Just be careful not to canvas cars parked near schools. When a Los Angeles-area clinic did that, Police Chief William Bratton called for a moratorium on all new clinics.Another option is to offer a popular brand of pot. The Web site offers reviews of marijuana varieties sold at dispensaries across the state. A good review in the Zagat of the Zig-Zag set can bring a new wave of clients.Though pot purchasers are supposed to be sick, clinics aren't required to check medical records. However, some are participating in a voluntary program where patients must show an ID to get marijuana. The card is proof patients got a recommendation from a physician.One downside: The price of the cards may be a buzz kill. A surge in applications prompted one county - Riverside - to raise the cost from $100 to $220.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Andrew Glazer, The Associated Press Published:  March 10, 2007Copyright: 2007 Associated Press CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #11 posted by Dankhank on March 11, 2007 at 20:15:10 PT
don't forget ...
The Brits brew some strong women ... Biz was a corker ...
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Comment #10 posted by afterburner on March 11, 2007 at 13:44:11 PT
CN ON: Editorial: A Futile War On Marijuana, Ottawa Citizen, (09 Mar 2007) ON: PUB LTE: Wines And Marijuana Should Get Equal Treatment, The Caledon Enterprise, (07 Mar 2007) AB: Drug Paraphernalia Seized From City Stores, Calgary Herald, (08 Mar 2007) BC: PUB LTE: Pot Is Not Meth, Sooke News Mirror, (07 Mar 2007) BC: PUB LTE: UN Ignores Drug Lords While Targeting Insite,
Vancouver Sun, (06 Mar 2007) Alan Herbert,
Vancouver city councillor when the four-pillars proposal for the supervised injection site came ... for consideration UK: Editorial: Our Failed Drugs Policy Has To Change,
Daily Telegraph, (05 Mar 2007) BC: PUB LTE: Change Federal Legislation, Not Municipal, Ladysmith Chronicle, (06 Mar 2007)
John Anderson, PhD -
Criminology Department, Malaspina University-CollegeCN ON: PUB LTE: War On Drugs Fuels Crime 
by Robert Sharpe, (07 Mar 2007) Peterborough Examiner Ontario Sports officials debate removing marijuana from ban
(March 5, 2007) 
CBC News BC: OPED: Recreational Drugs Should Be Legalized, Prince George Citizen, (03 Mar 2007) Laurie Cook, MD US TX: 'Dr. No' [Ron Paul] May Say Yes To Run For White House, San Antonio Express-News,
(04 Mar 2007)
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Comment #9 posted by Toker00 on March 11, 2007 at 04:42:03 PT
I love this woman.
This article may have been posted, but I can't resist. True Human Spirit. A true Hero. Made me laugh and ... cry (just the littlest of tears) : )Toke.
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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on March 11, 2007 at 03:59:43 PT
Don't worry sgd. It won't be the end of the world, but it may the end of our government as we know it. The Patriot Act is being scrutinized and actually READ by many who are calling for it's repeal. The FBI has now admitted misusing the Patriot Act. The spotlight is no longer on the people, but on the Government. It's becoming harder for them to cover their true intentions. 9-11 Truth is only just now spreading far enough to make a difference. Once again the military is having a hard time suckering in recruits. This can only get worse for them as the Truth reaches critical mass. A draft is inevitable. THAT is what will galvanize the American People for a showdown with Empire. Inch by inch, step by step, slowly we turn. Just like the insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American people cannot be defeated militarily. That fear that went through us on 9-11 is morphing into courage. The People, United, can never be defeated. The Empire will fall. They all do.Toke. 
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Comment #7 posted by SystemGoneDown on March 10, 2007 at 21:25:05 PT
Nuclear Iran
If we invade Tehran, the WORLD as we know it will be gone. Not to sound like a Christian Right evangelical war monger, but the WORLD as we know it will be gone once we OFFICIALLY invade them. We've already mapped out the war plan, but once we do, we will be open to oil gouging, brutal Patriot Act enforcement, economic devastation, and not to mention terrorism all over American soil. Just thought I'd say goodbye to all at this site that I've chatted with for years. I HATE religion and the fear it's imposed on this country, but I agree that the end is near for the hole world because of the zealots in the White House who think it should. The threat of Nuclear Warfare is real. So Goodbye.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on March 10, 2007 at 20:25:26 PT
She seems like a nice lady and very dedicated.
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Comment #5 posted by Celaya on March 10, 2007 at 19:11:09 PT
The Cannabis Granny
I wish Patricia Tabram were MY granny! - A beautifully written article!
The Cannabis Granny
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on March 10, 2007 at 17:10:36 PT
Off Topic: An Act of Conscience
This documentary just started on World Link TV on Channel 375 on DirecTV and I thought others might want to check it out. ***How far are you willing to go to stand up for your deepest beliefs? For Randy Kehler and Betsy Corner of Colrain, Massachusetts, their life-long commitment to pacifism led them to risk losing their home. For 14 years, they publicly refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military spending. As a consequence, their home was seized by U.S. marshals and IRS agents. Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, this feature-length documentary chronicles the couple’s five-year struggle to nonviolently resist the seizure of their home, in which they are joined by hundreds of supporters from across the country, including noted author and activist priest Fr. Daniel Berrigan and long-time folksinger Pete Seeger.When a young couple buys the contested home at auction from the U.S. government for $5,400, they become involved in a political and moral battle much larger than what they originally bargained for. An Act of Conscience provides a compelling and thought-provoking glimpse of the conflict between these two families: one couple reaching for the American dream, the other challenging the very foundation of that dream. The film includes a brief history of war tax resistance in America from the colonial era to Henry David Thoreau to the Vietnam War.LEARN MORE:Visit the An Act of Conscience homepage:
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on March 10, 2007 at 16:48:44 PT
Support Sibel Edmonds
Sibel Edmonds Needs Your Support: Urge Congressman Waxman to prompt hearings on the case of FBI Whistleblower: A Citizen
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 10, 2007 at 11:37:26 PT
Related Article: Calif. Pot Clinics Proliferate
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on March 10, 2007 at 10:30:37 PT
How To Be A Reporter for the Associated Press
- Downland press releases from the government
- Cut and paste into "your" article
- add some catchy mary-jo-wanna slang into the headline, and a few bigoted statements about potheads, liberals, etc, into the articleVoila! 
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