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Arizona Preps for Pot Shop Green Rush
Posted by CN Staff on December 05, 2010 at 12:50:23 PT
By Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press 
Phoenix -- One potential pot shop in Arizona would teach customers how to cook marijuana into treats like cookies and "potcorn." Another envisions offering massages, yoga classes, and marijuana meals to go, while a third wants a simple pharmacy-like shop next to an AIDS treatment center. That's just the beginning.Now that Arizona voters have narrowly approved a ballot measure legalizing medical marijuana, state officials are preparing for a green rush of sorts. They expect to be inundated with up to thousands of applications from would-be marijuana dispensaries, and with only 124 spots approved statewide, the majority will have to be turned away.
"Most other states, you hang out a shingle and you're a dispensary," said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, which will regulate Arizona's medical marijuana industry. "I want to avoid those kinds of abuses."Arizona's medical marijuana measure won by just 4,341 votes this month of more than 1.67 million ballots counted, making the state the 15th to approve a medical marijuana law. Arizona officials are hoping to avoid the problems they perceive in other states, including California, where patients are reported receiving a pot recommendation from a doctor for having a headache. In Colorado, dispensaries opened without any regulation from state officials.Humble sees limiting the number of dispensaries and putting stringent requirements in place as a way to avoid such issues.The department is currently considering three methods to decide who gets dispensary licenses and who will be turned away: Approve qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, choose the winners from all applications using a lottery system, or closely examining each applicant and picking the 124 with the best business and security plans.Humble favors the third — and most time-consuming — method, although he fears that those turned down would perceive the system as unfair.No matter the method, dispensary hopefuls will have to pay up to $5,000 to apply for a license. In their application, they'll need to include addresses for their pot shops and offsite marijuana cultivation facilities, detailed security plans to prevent break-ins, procedures for accurate record-keeping, information about employees for background checks, a sworn statement that they're meeting a given municipality's zoning requirements, and a statement pledging they will not sell pot to anyone who isn't a registered patient.The department is working to post a draft of proposed requirements on Dec. 17. Finalized rules will come out at the end of March after a public comment period.Carolyn Short, chairwoman of Keep AZ Drug Free, said her group believes the law will increase crime around dispensary locations, lead to more people driving while impaired and eventually cause more teenagers to use marijuana.She said she doesn't feel comforted by the number limiting dispensaries. "Marijuana is not a medicine, it is a controlled substance."Arizona's measure will allow patients with diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and any other chronic or debilitating disease that meets guidelines to buy 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow a limited number of plants themselves if they live 25 miles from a dispensary.Patients must get a recommendation from their doctor and register with the state health department.The limit of 124 dispensaries is based on the medical marijuana measure's wording that says dispensaries will be limited to 10 percent of the number of pharmacies in the state, but that every one of Arizona's 15 counties will have at least one dispensary."Oh my God, I believe they're going to have 5,000 applications, and that's probably a minimum," said Allan Sobol, a longtime marketing and consulting professional who is acting as a spokesman for a would-be marijuana dispensary in north Phoenix called the Medical Marijuana Dispensaries of Arizona."They're going to be buried," he said.The would-be dispensary already has its shop open, without the marijuana, and is holding paid seminars for other dispensary hopefuls to teach them what they need to do to be a successful candidate.Sobol said in addition to medical marijuana and some paraphernalia, the dispensary plans to have cooking classes for patients who can't or don't want to smoke pot for treatment. He said he thinks the state should choose licensees on a first come, first-served basis among qualified applicants.Greg Rogan, a Tucson pharmacy owner who plans to apply for a dispensary license, said he thinks the state should approve dispensaries based on their qualifications, not who applies first or wins a lottery.Rogan said he wants his dispensary to be near his pharmacy, The Medicine Shoppe, which also is next to the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and many potential medical marijuana cardholders.He said he's looking to run a simple dispensary that focuses on treatment and education about various ways to safely ingest marijuana."For us, it's not about making a quick buck," he said. "It's providing medicine to people who can benefit from it and need it."Jason Medar, a prospective dispensary owner who owned two now-closed dispensaries in Southern California, said he's confident his business will get a license.He said he's working with a group of doctors who are opening up their own clinic to make marijuana recommendations to qualifying patients and wants to open his dispensary in central Phoenix, named the Arizona Patients Association.He said the dispensary would have marijuana in various forms, including pot cooked in food and drinks made in the dispensary for patients to take to-go. He also wants to offer therapeutic massages, martial arts and yoga classes.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Amanda Lee Myers, Associated PressPublished: December 5, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Associated PressCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on December 07, 2010 at 14:14:18 PT
Storm Crow
Thank you.I love you, too.Love is real, I believe, and it's a powerful force unto itself.Love is part of the reason we have all your research about studies, our hard working, Storm Crow.Most people would agree that hatred is a real thing... a force... but they don't want to believe that Love is. I wonder why.
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Comment #16 posted by Storm Crow on December 07, 2010 at 11:11:11 PT
Here's a few from my list for you, Hope!
HEMP SEED: THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD (1)   (full - 1992) SEED: THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD (2)   (full - 1992) Nature's Perfect Food?   (news - 1992) Sativa Seed Pressings   (ad - no date) Seeds are Full of Health (news -2010) seed is VERY nutritious and contain a healthy dose of Omega 3. In the 50s it was shown to have almost miraculous effects on children with tuberculosis. Look at the before and after photos in this one! HEMP AS A MEDICAMENT : Importance of hemp seeds in the tuberculosis therapy   (Forum thread- full- 1955) (EDEZYME. recipe) hanging in there, girl! Love ya!
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on December 07, 2010 at 09:55:22 PT
I love you too!Please listen to this beautiful song.Save Some Time To Dream
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on December 07, 2010 at 09:26:22 PT
Museman, Garry, Runruff, FoM
I understand, Museman, about the words. Words fail me right now.Runruff, you've never written more hard words to read than those. It reminded me, too, of the fact that during that time, you in that cell, was the last thing on my mind every night and the first thing every morning.The bleakness. The sorrow of it.I'm sorry, Garry Minor, for all the hardship you've had to go through. It would be wonderful if this was a better world for everyone than it is. What exactly, did the hemp oil and hemp seeds help with? Anything that helps this nerve damage would be so wonderful.Martha... I love you.Those moments of joy. We will all have some of them again, sometime. They are wonderful and so are all of you.
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Comment #13 posted by museman on December 07, 2010 at 08:22:54 PT
Words just can't convey sometimes,...Watching, hoping, praying,....sending good vibes.
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Comment #12 posted by Garry Minor on December 07, 2010 at 05:14:07 PT
I kind of understand what you're going through, I went through 45 weeks of a type of chemo in 2005. It was hell. Anyway, if you're not already using it I highly recommend hemp seed oil and seed. If you take it religiously each day, after a few weeks you'll notice a difference. At least I did. Regardless, hang in there, you may never know normal again but it's going to be ok! Runruff, I understand that feeling, too. 
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Comment #11 posted by runruff on December 07, 2010 at 04:41:41 PT
A quote by runruff...
It is not the knowledge that leaves me knowing, it is the knowledge that makes me courious that I seek!
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Comment #10 posted by runruff on December 07, 2010 at 04:21:57 PT
I'm the Midnight Writer!
I had to spell check the words "spell check" to see if it is one or two words?It is the middle of the night and I can write to you all. I can get up and say anything I want to as many as I want!I woke up and imagined I was still in prison and I was dreaming that I was home like I had done so many times before. It is a most sinking feeling. It feels like dread. Dread of the gut twisting kind. To realize that home is 3,000 miles and a couple of years away.Locked in a dark hole, you know no one is really thinking about you right now? There are 12,000 prisoners in here, many of them innocent, goes on on the outside and we are forgotten.If I could just communicate with someone? If I could just reach out to someone right now and validate that I am still alive in the sense that I count?A security light shines through my bared window. My cheek is resting on the cold steel rail of my bunk. All there is to see is gray concrete and all there is to hear is the hard breathing of my sleeping celly and a guards footsteps walking along the catwalk while his ring of keys jingle with each step.If only I could talk to my Mom or my Wife right now?[Being free to do so I felt compelled to write this!]
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on December 06, 2010 at 22:17:17 PT
Comment 6
:0)Thank you, Garry Minor.It's mostly, right now, all I can do to keep up with the very thoughtful comments and articles.
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Comment #8 posted by RevRayGreen on December 06, 2010 at 18:35:38 PT
Come celebrate FESTIVUS w/GreenCentralStation 
Show #16 12/4/10'Green Festivus Station' - the airing of greenest grievances and feats of strength 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on December 06, 2010 at 17:34:00 PT
I will do that as soon as I can get around since my connection isn't working. It takes me awhile to get to any web site today. She is doing better. The chemo is finished and the surgery is done now. She still must face daily radiation treatments after she heals but the chemo should be over. That is such a necessary but nasty drug.PS: Hope is my dearest friend. We have become very close over the years and my heart is breaking for what she has to go through. I told her recently since her diagnosis it's been hard for me to be light hearted. 
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Comment #6 posted by Garry Minor on December 06, 2010 at 17:25:43 PT
Please tell Hope that she's missed!
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 06, 2010 at 10:11:44 PT
Just a Note
I am having connection problems so it might be awhile until I can find any news to post. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on December 06, 2010 at 08:21:39 PT
Write an open letter to the lyin' fart here:
deawatch You may tell her your opinion and or other suggestions?
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on December 06, 2010 at 08:09:40 PT
evil doctor
last excerpt:"Dr. David Elliott, at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has studied worms' therapeutic effects in mice. Because the field captures people's imaginations, he said, he is careful to warn patients to wait for more in-depth investigation before it's ready for prime time."There we go. My research career is more important than you dying. What a guy!
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on December 06, 2010 at 08:05:53 PT
waiting for the worms
I found this article fascinating. Apparently many people with chronic immune disorders like Crohn's and other life-threatening allergic problems are discovering that intentionally infecting themsevles with parasites like hookworms and whipworms comletely cures the problem! I think the reaction from Western medicine is fascinating. Even though taking the worms is nearly 100% safe - half the world's population or more has them - Western medicine doctors immediately go into scare tactics. They urge people to wait until they can create a chemical pill of the active ingredient. The worms aren't safe! They shrilly scream. Don't take them yet! Trust us!They're horrified by this. There are entire careers built out of cutting people's intestines out, leaving many with colostomy bags for life. People are dying because of these diseases every day. People are being given toxic drugs that kill thousands per year for these illnesses.Soon we will see the govt. rushing to ban any sale or use of these parasitic worms. You know the deal - you're expected to die painfully for Big Pharma and the invasive medical industry. They won't allow you use this *free* lifesaving medicine until they've tortured animals for a few decades and come up with a $40,000-per-year toxic pill:"That body of work motivated the 35-year-old patient whose case was reported last week to infect himself, said Pâng Loke, an assistant professor of medical parasitology at New York University and the study's lead author. The patient's disease had not responded to drugs, and he feared having the colon removed. The man traveled to Thailand and obtained eggs from a parasitologist. He swallowed 500, followed by a second dose of 1,000 eggs, and his symptoms subsided.In 2007, he contacted Loke. Loke and his colleagues found that when the man's disease went into remission, a particular protein involved in healing of the mucosal lining of the gut was prevalent. Their measurements suggested the worms' presence stimulated mucus production, which was disrupted in the disease. To Loke, that suggests it might be possible to recapitulate the worm response, a possibility he is investigating in mice.Such research could also have an effect on other diseases."
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on December 06, 2010 at 07:18:41 PT
If you are interested? am still checking this out but it appears that the crater faced bulldog [with bad hair] at the DEA is not popular with her fellow agents?This hyper-ambitious,sycophant, career bureaucrat, I am learning, is so bad for the department that she is good for the country. Her ambition, greed and need to be recognized in a positive way is so strong that she has sunk into a morass of political and departmental confusion and back biting.The so called strait shooters in the department see her as ruining their public image and is responsible for their now tenuous situation which is how to survive?Some say her need to be seen is the reason she wants this job. It is said nobody else of any stature will take it. Tandy left because she read the writing on the wall. The DEAsarus Wrecks is a dinosaur that is living on the edge of extinction.
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