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How to Look for the Best Sacramento Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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Medical cannabis has been widely recognized worldwide as an alternative medicine to cure various medical conditions. It is a good medicine to cure headache, gastrointestinal problems, muscle pain, chest ache, arthritis, sinus problems, back ache and many more. Parkinson’s disease, lung and brain cancer, AIDS, leukemia, and other widely known diseases are but few of those sicknesses benefitted by this medical cannabis.

Researchers around the world have recognized the benefits of this unconventional treatment and this has been proven safe and effective to cure multiple health problems. Medical researchers found out that medical marijuana has this substance that could actually helps cure even deadly diseases.

THC, a substance that can be found in cannabis plant, is very good in blocking cancer cells to spread all over the body, thus, preventing it to become malignant. Cancer patients used to smoke dried buds before and after their chemo therapy sessions, and they felt relieved in doing so. AIDS patients, meanwhile, try to sniff marijuana leaves, thinking that sniffing it would help them lessen the pain they felt inside.

But you have to understand that this medical marijuana isn’t legally accepted in the whole of Sacramento. It is legalized by the state department but the federal government is still against the idea of legalizing it though. Now, I want to tell you how to look for the best Medical Cannabis Dispensary in the region. You may check them out below;

Check out the credibility of the dispensary – Look for recognition from the people, if you think your target dispensary receives recognition from various people, prominent or not, then you are in good hands.

See to it that they have the proper documentations to operate – A responsible business owner would see to it that his establishment follows the law and don’t defy what the law says about. If you are looking for a very reliable dispensary, make sure you check out their permits and other government issued license just to make sure that you are not being fooled by fly by night business entities.

Affordability – Apart from the credibility and reliability, you also need to recognize if the dispensary sells affordable medical cannabis or not. Make sure that what you are buying is worth the money to avoid complaining in the long run. Ask for price list from your target dispensaries and then compare. Once you have done it, choose the best one that suits your lifestyle very well…

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Reputable Cannabis Doctor In Santa Cruz and Monterey Joins the Medical Cannabis Network

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Santa Cruz, california (PRWEB) February 28, 2015

In recent years Medical Marijuana has continuously been embraced by an ever growing number of practicing physicians as a way for them to expand their patient base without any real experience, training or education regarding Cannabis as medicine. Since the FDA still lists Cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, there have been very few resources available to licensed physicians that can help guide them when recommending a Cannabis related treatment to a patient. Dr. Deborah Malka in Santa Cruz, CA is a leader in the small, but growing number of Medical Professionals that are aware of this issue and working to rectify the problem.

Dr. Malka’s practice is called Cannabis Plus and is located in Santa Cruz and Monterey, CA. She, in addition to being a licensed MD, is also Board Certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Malka has spent years working with Medical Cannabis Patients. While many doctors are willing to recommend Medical Cannabis as a treatment, few offer the same level of knowledge and experience as Dr. Malka. Each patient that visits Cannabis Plus is thoroughly interviewed regarding their medical history as well as their daily lifestyle in order for Dr. Malka to consult in proper usage, dosage and knowledge of exactly how to treat their individual conditions. Patients are also encouraged to return to her for follow up consultations to make sure that they are getting the best results possible.

Dr. Malka’s approach to medicine has allowed her to develop a unique level of experience and understanding regarding Medical Cannabis. While it is valuable in treating her own patients for a vast range of issues from cancer to autism, she has also proved a strong desire to share her knowledge and experience with other medical professionals. She is an officer of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and has helped to develop the first CME(Continuing Medical Education) curriculum available to provide medical professionals with a greater understanding of Cannabis as medicine as well as twelve credits toward their CME requirement.

In a growing area of medicine that is still more about politics than science, Dr. Deborah Malka is serving the Medical Cannabis movement with her passion, clarity, and expertise.


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What The American Medical Association Has to say about Medical Marijuana

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medical-marijuana-budThe American Medical Association, which is the largest doctors’ organization in the USA, has reconsidered its position towards marijuana and currently supports exploration and medical research on marijuana for medicinal use. On Tuesday, the group has persuaded the federal government to re-evaluate its controlled substance categorization of marijuana in Schedule I, which unfairly maligns the plant alongside with some of the most hazardous narcotic substances, such as LSD and heroin.

AMA officer of board, Dr. Edward Langston specifies that just a least number of controlled, casual tests have ever been maintained on ingested marijuana in spite of medical research in by marijuana doctors and other experts, which encompasses more than thirty years. As for now, the group encourages new researches on marijuana’s effectiveness in spite of its support for the classification of marijuana in Schedule I, since 1997, because more and more marijuana doctors appear over time.

This year, Obama’s administration has also ordered federal narcotics agents to stop prosecuting people who use and distribute marijuana (including medical marijuana doctors) in the states that have legalized it, which indicated an alteration of the course from past administrations’ stringent opposition to the use of medical marijuana, even for people that have marijuana cards in the states that have legalized the plant for medical use. At the moment, fourteen states lawfully permit the use of medical marijuana and around twelve other states have started to think about doing so. The American Medical Association is interested in study, which takes in account alternative methods of using marijuana, apart from therapeutically smoking it. Lawyers for medical marijuana speak about other helpful modes of medical marijuana use, involving the THC-rich cannabis oil extraction, which is claimed to be able to heal cancer patients. Today, no one is persecuted for the use of cannabis if a legal medical marijuana card is present.

The reaction of the federal government to the AMA’s stance has been pretty silent in spite of loosened federal prosecution of medical marijuana use and medical marijuana clinic workers. DEA – the Drug Enforcement Administration – repeated the status of marijuana as a Schedule I substance and the FDA – Food and Drug Administration – refused to give any commentaries on the situation. The American Medical Association was one of the sole groups to object the first federal limitation on cannabis, which were established back in 1937. It still persists to decline casual idea that marijuana is a myth, in spite of its past support of Schedule I narcotic classification. The organization even objected an offered amendment, which would have settled its managerial policies in resistance to ingested marijuana as a safe way of use for marijuana treatment. In fact almost any marijuana clinic provides edible products of medical marijuana for patients with marijuana cards.

medical marijuanaMarijuana support groups are joyous about the new stance of the AMA and the extending change of attitude towards marijuana and everything related to it – marijuana doctors, marijuana clinics, etc. While federal administration still resists against the marijuana legalization, referring to the FDA consideration in objection to its secure use as medicine, popular belief persists to change in favor of further study and medical use of marijuana. Last year, the second largest doctor group, the American College of Physicians has uttered similar support for improved research and reassessment of marijuana. Also, the California Medical Association passed its own opinions that referred to marijuana criminalization as a “failed public health policy.”

The moods are changing towards frank research of the marijuana benefits. The attraction for further proof-based study by acknowledged medicinal organizations is a step in the proper direction on the way to legalizing medical marijuana for legal and safe medicinal purposes

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A Brief History of Sacramento Medical Marijuana

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medical marijuanaAccording to history books, during the late years of 1970’s, cannabis patient named Mr. Robert Randall sued the federal government for arresting him for using medicinal cannabis to treat his glaucoma. He won the case and with this, the presiding judge ruled that Randall should use cannabis for health purposes and required the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set up a program to allow cultivating, growing, purchasing and even selling cannabis.

The judge asked the FDA to allow growing this cannabis on a farm at the University of Mississippi and to distribute 300 cannabis cigarettes a month to Randall. Meanwhile, after several years, in 1992 to be exact, US President George H. W. Bush put an end to the program after the patient, Mr. Randall tried to make AIDS patients qualified for the said program as well.

Initially, there are thirteen people were already enrolled and were allowed to continue sniffing medical cannabis cigarettes to cure their medical conditions, then few years later, the US government just shipped medical cannabis cigarettes to merely seven medicinal cannabis patients. One cannabis patient named, Mr. Irvin Rosenfeld, who during those years has received medical cannabis attention from the program since 1982 to treat his rare bone tumors, urged the George W. Bush administration to reopen the program; however, in the end he was not successful though.

During those times, the state of Alaska is the only state in the United States where possession of up to one ounce is legal. Sacramento back then was not allowed to use this medical cannabis even as an alternative medicine to cure diseases.

joints prescription bottleMedical experts in Sacramento cited the dangers of cannabis even for medical purposes. They added that the lack of clinical research supporting its medicinal value to heal various medical conditions. Meanwhile, the American Society of Addiction Medicine (SAM) in March 2011 issued a white paper recommending a halt to using marijuana as a medicine in US states where it has been declared legal. But medical patients in the Sacramento region, who has been cured by this medical cannabis, beg to disagree about the proposal done by the (SAM). Medical cannabis patients defend the benefits they get through this medical cannabis, and they would rally behind the full legalization of this alternative medicine to cure their health problems.

During Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reign as the Governor of California, medical cannabis has given so much attention. He prioritized the legalization of this alternative medicine to help medical patients who are looking for alternative treatment to cure their medical conditions.

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Illinois Becomes 20th State To Legalize Medical Marijuana

Commerce, CA (PRWEB) January 22, 2014

On Jan 1st Illinois became the 20th US state to legalize medical marijuana, launching medical marijuana dispensaries under regulations that are the strictest in the nation. From limited licenses to zoning ordinances, Illinois strict model may end up being the standard that states follow when considering medical marijuana legislation in the future. The regulations attempt to balance the values of Illinois diverse communities with the well being of medical marijuana patients, some of whom suffer from conditions such as cancer, Lupus, and HIV.


According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois’s strict limitations on medical marijuana limits the number of dispensaries to 60 statewide and the number of grow operations to 22. Some towns and cities have in turn passed down stricter ordinances to limit dispensaries and grow operations in their jurisdictions. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel opted to pass an ordinance limiting dispensaries to manufacturing districts as well as requiring a minimum amount of parking.


The nationwide implications of Illinois becoming a medical marijuana state cannot be understated. Chicago is one of the largest cities in America and a cultural center for the Midwest. Long thought to be a west coast phenomenon, the growing acceptance of legalized medical marijuana has even moved New York’s governor to announce a limited trial involving 20 hospitals as reported by the Los Angeles Times. With two of the most highly populated cities in the US moving toward legalization, it is only a matter of time until more follow.


Along with the strictness of zoning and licensure requirements comes one of the strongest regulations for packaging of medical marijuana for sales. A representative of, a California-based company specializing in medical marijuana packaging supplies, explains: “There have been incidents of accidental ingestion of medical marijuana in Colorado due to sales in unsafe plastic bags, and Illinois wants to avoid that by requiring sales in opaque medical cannabis containers with child-resistant caps.”


A&A Packaging is seizing the largest market share for distribution of dispensary supplies and is positioned as a leader in the industry. They have provided high quality regulation compliant medical marijuana packaging to California, Colorado, and Washington as they rolled out their medical marijuana laws. “As more states enact medical marijuana legislation, demand for our products will be on the rise, but we have the experience to help new dispensaries meet the standards for safe and compliant packaging. We have increased our inventory to anticipate the needs of our new customers in Illinois and elsewhere.”


A&A Packaging is a California-based company that specializes in providing storage medical marijuana containers and products for customers and dispensaries of medical cannabis. For more information on state complaint labeling and packaging, please contact A&A at (888) 315-2453or visit their website at


For more information on New York’s proposed medical marijuana program published 1/8/2014, visit the LA Times:,0,3200968.story


For more information on Denver’s medical marijuana guidelines published 1/7/2014, visit the Chicago Tribune:

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Medical Marijuana Implementation in the State of Arizona

I wouldn’t be a good attorney unless I prefaced this article with a few disclaimers: 1) Marijuana is still a controlled schedule I substance and is illegal in the eyes of the Federal Government of the United States; 2) This article is not to be construed as legal advice, nor is intended to take the place of the advice of an attorney, and you should consult with an attorney before taking any actions in furtherance of the subject matter of this article. Ok, let’s begin.

In the month of November, the State of Arizona passed Proposition 203, which would exempt certain people from controlled substances laws in the State of Arizona. However, it will still take some time before medical marijuana is implemented as policy in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services has released a proposed timeline for the drafting of the rules surrounding the implementation of Proposition 203. So far, these are the important time periods that should be paid close attention to:

December 17, 2010: The first draft of the medical marijuana rules should be released and made available for comment on this date.

January 7, 2011: This will be the deadline for public comment on the first draft of rules mentioned above.

January 31, 2011: The second draft of the rules will be released on this date. Once again, it will be available for informal comment as in the draft referred to above.

February 21 to March 18, 2011: More formal public hearings will be held about the proposed rules at this time, after which the final rules will be submitted to the Secretary of State and made public on the Office of Administrative Rules website.

April 2011: The medical marijuana rules will go into effect and be published in the Arizona Administrative Register.

It is important that at all times throughout the consultation process, interested parties submit briefs and/or make oral presentations when permitted. Groups with interests contrary to those of medical marijuana advocates may also be making presentations, and may convince the State to unnecessarily restrict the substance or those who may qualify to access it if there is no voice to advocate in favor of patients’ rights.

Some key points about Proposition 203’s effects

-Physicians may prescribe medical marijuana for their patients under certain conditions. “Physician” is not defined in a way limited to normal medical doctors. Osteopaths licensed under Title 32, Chapter 17; naturopaths licensed under Title 32, Chapter 14; and homeopaths licensed under Title 32, Chapter 29 may all be eligible to recommend marijuana for their patients.

-In order to be prescribed medical marijuana, a person must be a “qualifying patient.” A qualifying patient is defined as someone who has been diagnosed by a “physician” (as defined above) as having a “debilitating medical condition.”

-Debilitating medical conditions include:
• Cancer, glaucoma, HIV positive status, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, or agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions.
• A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
• Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the Department of Health Services pursuant to Section 36-2801.01.

This last qualifying condition is underlined because it is vitally important during the rulemaking process. Although Proposition 203 allows for the public to petition the Department of Health Services to exercise its discretion to add conditions under this section, bureaucracy is notoriously difficult to get to change any law. The initial discretionary rules for additional treatments could be exercised during the public consultations that occur between December and March, though this is not certain.

It is therefore important that, in the event that the addition of medical conditions is considered during the consultations, any stakeholder who wishes for a medical condition not listed in the first two bulleted items above to lobby during the public consultation periods for the Department to add the additional medical condition to the list of debilitating medical conditions. In order to increase the prestige of any presentations made to justify adding medical conditions under Section 36-2801.01, it may be helpful to solicit the testimony of sympathetic Arizona-licensed medical doctors who can testify on paper and at the public hearings about why the proposed condition should be added. Documents showing that other jurisdictions, both in the United States and elsewhere, currently use marijuana as a treatment for the proposed condition may be helpful, as would medical journals on the subject.

It should be remembered that despite his cheery YouTube videos about the medical marijuana rule drafting process, Director of Health Services Will Humble wrote a submission in opposition to the passing of Proposition 203. He did so on the grounds that the FDA does not test the drug, and even though the federal government’s anti-marijuana policy is well-known it should not be relied on as an authority for unbiased medical marijuana research. There is no reason to believe that Director Humble will be any less inclined to obstruct the use of medical marijuana during the rulemaking stage, and all proponents of medical marijuana should be sure to make their voices heard at the consultations to prevent the obstruction of the intent of Proposition 203.

Extent of Rulemaking during Consultations

There are other provisions in Proposition 203 which will be discussed during the initial rulemaking process, and they will probably be the main focus of the consultations. The consultations will create rules:
• Governing the manner in which the Department of Health Services will accept the petitions from the public previously mentioned, regarding the addition of medical conditions to the list of the already enshrined debilitating medical conditions.
• Establishing the form and content of registration and renewal applications submitted under the medical marijuana law.
• Governing the manner in which the Department will consider applications for and renewals of medical marijuana ID cards.
• Governing the various aspects around the newly legalized nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, including recordkeeping, security, oversight, and other requirements.
• Establishing the fees for patient applications and medical marijuana dispensary applications.

The most crucial part of the consultation period will be regarding the rules governing the establishment and oversight of medical marijuana dispensaries. If interest groups lobby the Department to make the recordkeeping, security, oversight, and other requirements around dispensaries too restrictive, it will have the effect of reducing the availability of medical marijuana to patients and driving up the price of medical marijuana due to the lack of supply. It could simply become too costly to comply with all of the regulations.

During this stage, it is important that stakeholders-particularly medical marijuana dispensaries from out-of-state, and perhaps pharmacists with a bit of economic knowledge-submit briefs explaining why certain proposed rules may have a negative effect on the patients this Proposition is supposed to help. The proposed rules have not come out yet, but when they do, they should be closely scrutinized for the possible negative impact that unnecessarily tough security and recordkeeping on nonprofit dispensaries might have on patients.

The other major factor in the rulemaking will have to do with the fees. The Department will be setting fees for medical marijuana dispensaries during the consultation period. Proposition 203 provides that the fees may not exceed $ 5,000 per initial application, and $ 1,000 per renewal. However, with some lobbying during the public consultation, it is possible that the actual fees will be much less since these are simply the maximum that the Department may charge.

Discrimination against Medical Marijuana Users

Under Proposition 203, discrimination against medical marijuana users will be prohibited in certain circumstances. Based on our analysis, a person may not:

• As a school or landlord, refuse to enroll someone or otherwise penalize them solely for their status as a medical marijuana cardholder, unless not doing so would result in the loss of a monetary or licensing related benefit under federal law or regulations.
• As an employer, discriminate against hiring someone, or terminate them or impose any conditions on them because they are a medical marijuana cardholder, unless not doing so would result in the loss of a monetary or licensing related benefit under federal law or regulations. Employers may still terminate employees if the employee is in possession of or impaired by marijuana on the premises of the place of employment or during the hours of employment.
• As a medical care provider, discriminate against a cardholder, including in matters of organ transplants. Medical marijuana must be treated as any other medication prescribed by a physician.
• Be prevented, as a cardholder, from having visitation custody or visitation or parenting time with a minor, unless the cardholder’s behavior “creates an unreasonable danger to the safety of the minor as established by clear and convincing evidence.”
Although there are certain prohibitions on discrimination, there are also provisions which permit discrimination against medical marijuana cardholders:
• Government medical assistance programs and private health insurers are not required to reimburse a person for their medical marijuana use.
• Nobody who possesses property, including business owners, is required to allow medical marijuana on their premises (this seemingly includes landlords who, although they cannot refuse tenants based on their being a cardholder, are permitted to prevent cardholders from bringing marijuana onto the landlord’s property).
• Employers are not required to allow cardholders to be under the influence of or ingest marijuana while working, though the presence of marijuana in the body which is not of a sufficient concentration to cause impairment does not establish being under the influence of it.

Rules Related to the Establishment of Dispensaries

Although the final rules around security, recordkeeping, and other requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries will not be established until April 2011, there are certain requirements which are enshrined in Proposition 203 itself and can be known ahead of the time that the final rules come out. These minimal requirements may not be as restrictive as the final requirements which are published in April 2011.

• Medical marijuana dispensaries must be nonprofit. They must have bylaws which preserve their nonprofit nature, though they need not be considered tax-exempt by the IRS, nor must they be incorporated.
• The operating documents of the dispensaries must include provisions for the oversight of the dispensary and for accurate recordkeeping.
• The dispensary must have a single secure entrance and must implement appropriate security measures to deter and prevent the theft of marijuana and unauthorized access to areas containing marijuana.
• A dispensary must not acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana for any purpose other than providing it directly to a cardholder or to a registered caregiver for the cardholder.
• All cultivation of marijuana must take place only at a locked, enclosed facility at a physical address provided to the Department of Health Services during the application process, and accessible only by dispensary agents registered with the Department.
• A dispensary can acquire marijuana from a patient of their caregiver, but only if the patient or caregiver receives no compensation for it.
• No consumption of marijuana is permitted on the property of the dispensary.
• A dispensary is subject to reasonable inspection by the Department of Health Services. The Department must first give reasonable notice of the inspection to the dispensary.

Comparison to California’s Medical Marijuana Law

The Arizona law is by no means the same as the law in California. There are certainly some differences between the two, though in some respects they are comparable. This is a comparative analysis of the two laws.

Both laws, as a practical matter, allow for broad discretion on the part of a physician to prescribe marijuana to patients who suffer from pain. In the Arizona law, “severe and chronic pain” is the legislated standard. In the California law, any “chronic or persistent medical symptom” that substantially limits the life of the patient to conduct one or more major life activities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or that if not alleviated, will cause serious harm to the patient’s physical or mental safety, qualifies.
• Both laws have a number of illnesses which are automatically considered qualifying illnesses for the prescription of medical marijuana. These include, but are not limited to, AIDS, cachexia, cancer, glaucoma, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, and severe nausea.
• Both laws require the use of an identification card by those who have been prescribed medical marijuana, after the cardholders have gone through an initial application process in which the use of the drug has been recommended by a physician.
• Both states do not factor in the unusable portion of the marijuana plant in determining the maximum weight of marijuana that is permissible for possession by a cardholder.

Though the rules have not been finalized, the Arizona law appears as though it will be regulated on the state level and therefore uniform across Arizona. The California law, however, is regulated significantly on the municipal level, and therefore the rules around dispensaries can vary greatly from one municipality to the next.
• The Arizona law provides a broader spectrum of people who are considered a “physician” for the purpose of prescribing medical marijuana. In California, only medical doctors and osteopaths are considered to be physicians. In Arizona, in addition to medical doctors and osteopaths, naturopaths and homeopaths will also be permitted to prescribe medical marijuana.
• In California, patients or their caregivers may grow marijuana plants in lieu of using a medical marijuana dispensary. In Arizona, patients may only grow marijuana or designate someone else to do so in lieu of visiting a dispensary on the condition that there is no dispensary operating within 25 miles of the patient’s home.
• The maximum possession limit for marijuana in California is eight ounces per patient, whereas the limit is only 2.5 ounces per patient in Arizona.

-This is not meant to be legal advice and is provided purely as an analysis of the current legislation. You should consult with an attorney to discuss these matters. We are available for consultations for this matter by appointment only and via prepayment of the consultation fee.

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