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Medical Marijuana Business Is On Fire
    #404324 - 04/20/10 07:34 PM (6 years, 6 months ago)

Medical Marijuana Business Is On Fire

Denver -- Medical marijuana dispensaries are springing up in Colorado's major cities like coffee shops, nail parlors, tanning salons or taco shops. It's been 10 years since Colorado voted to allow the use and sale of marijuana for medical reasons. But in the past six months, the number of patients and dispensaries has skyrocketed.

"This industry is like a bolting horse running out of a stable that's on fire," said Sierra Neblina, owner of the Medimar Haven dispensary in Lakewood, Colo. "We need to get a hold of our own industry."

Denver has some 250 dispensary storefronts and Boulder, Colo., has more than 100. So far, the state has issued more than 66,000 cards that allow holders to purchase medical pot. Card demand is so high that there's a six-month waiting period.

Now, experts estimate more than 100,000 Coloradans can buy medicinal marijuana legally. On April 1, the Medical Marijuana Registry at the state health department stopped accepting walk-up applications and will only process those sent by mail.

"The changes are necessary due to the explosive growth in the number of medical marijuana applications," said Mark Salley of the Colorado Health Department. He said the number of applications jumped from 270 per workday in August 2009 to about 1,000 in February 2010.

Yet, few see legalized marijuana as a way to boost the economy and create jobs, according to an Associated Press/CNBC poll. About a quarter of those polled said legalized pot would lead to more jobs, but 57% said there would be no effect. Sixty-two percent approve of states taxing the drug, with people in the West more likely to back the idea.

Call It Marijuana Country

Like California, which was the first to OK medical marijuana in 1996, Colorado's marijuana infrastructure and culture are well ahead of the other 12 states that followed.

Though Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington allow the practice, they are in various stages of start-up mode.

Similar ballot measures or legislation allowing medical marijuana are pending in 14 more states this year: Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The City Council of the District of Columbia today considers a bill to allow the sale and use of medical marijuana.

Those states have a lot to learn from California and Colorado. In the Mountain State, the jump in dispensary openings and applications for medical marijuana cards appears to be a direct result of key events — both local and national — that essentially loosened restrictions.

In February 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Drug Enforcement Agency would end raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries. He said President Obama's election campaign position condoning medical use is "now American policy." Marijuana for non-medical purposes remains illegal.

Complete Article: http://drugsense.org/url/YjnCs3l1

Source: USA Today (US)
Author: Rob Reuteman, Special from CNBC.com
Published: April 20, 2010
Copyright: 2010 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.
Contact: editor@usatoday.com
Website: http://www.usatoday.com/


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Re: Medical Marijuana Business Is On Fire (moved) [Re: SpaceMonkey]
    #428106 - 06/03/10 10:14 AM (6 years, 4 months ago)

This thread was moved from Growery News Service.

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Re: Medical Marijuana Business Is On Fire [Re: SpaceMonkey]
    #649408 - 12/04/12 12:49 PM (3 years, 10 months ago)

Nice article...me and my friends cant believe that there is a 6 month waiting period to get the medical cards!

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Re: Medical Marijuana Business Is On Fire [Re: 4li3ndude]
    #667843 - 04/27/13 10:28 AM (3 years, 5 months ago)

i believe the Peppas said it best."the sun may rise in the east but at least it settles in a final location" they may call us the land of fruits and nuts but hey when u R the lead dog you should expect to have some wee barkers nippin at your heels.Do we forget in order to point the finger at someone/something we have 3 saring back at us? If u got um all that is!

"A warrior nurses from the bosom of the tribe and thus has an affination to those whom have come before him he owes them his honor and respect," Dick Garcia 04/12//2013

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