So what happened to our vote in November anyways? We won the vote by popular demand, so where are all thedispensaries? How do I get meds if I have a card?
For now, you need to find a caregiver in Arizona or a compassion club to receive Medical Marijuana [assuming you don’t grow it yourself as a patient]. Read below to learn more about the two…
If you didn’t hear about it by now, the Feds are always working to shut down state medical marijuana laws. Either here, or in California or Colorado, etc. Recently the feds wrote a nice shitty letter to the Governor of Arizona and to the Health Department threatening to arrest everybody in the Health Department if dispensaries are allowed [this is the short version]. Gov. Brewer did not want to see her employees getting locked up, so she decided to shit on Arizona voter rights and is currently not allowing anybody the ability to even APPLY for a dispensary. Yeah I know. We voted yes and the Governor still doesn’t care.
So while the lawyers and politicians have each other up their ass trying to find a solution, the state is continuing to allow medical marijuana patients to apply and legally possess marijuana. Cops seem to be quietly catching and releasing patients upon verification; but sometimes [particularly in Gilbert] cops are as evil as they come. Siggggghhh. This sucks for those Gilbert businesses in that area that are suffering in this down economy. The Gilbert police squad has decided to harass, cuff, victimize and confiscate meds from card carrying members. Well, they just lost 840,000 Arizona voters from ever coming to that side of town. Way to go Commander. Glad to see you protect and serve your interests and not your communities.
But where does a green card carrying member safely get meds?
You can try and find a caregiver individually. Some organizations like azmca.org, azgrowpro.com, andmmcareconnect.com are three organizations that try to help match patients with Caregivers. Also, azmarijuana.com recently launched a Caregiver section in the online classified section. All ads are FREE to post.
Another option is to join a Compassion Club. For those that are curious what a “Compassion Club” is; it is a social club. Like any other social club but this one is about marijuana. Whether you belong to a Softball team, a Car Club, a Runners Club, etc. It’s just people getting together that have the same interests. Compassion Clubs are for members that are legally verified patients and Caregivers. Within these clubs, marijuana is typically donated and fees to be a part of the club are accepted upon entry.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Caregivers and patients getting together to socially interact. Most clubs offer an entrance fee and you will receive FREE meds on your way out…wait a minute…this sounds familiar. I remember in High School, all the parties had FREE BEER but red plastic cups were $5 We had to do it this way because we did not have a liquor license.
Compassion Clubs are just as shady as receiving donated meds from a caregiver; but it can be a bit safer in some cases. Compassion Clubs can offer a safe secluded area where all members are carded and you might even see private security; just so we don’t have another Phoenix caregiver shootout.
If cities were smart [like Scottsdale] they would embrace patients and realize that if they help keep us safe, we can ultimately see no violence. This is the most important part of public safety. Keeping the general public safe. If Compassion Clubs are harassed and shut down by the cops; more patients will be put in situations where their life and the public’s life is in danger. Other foreign black market products and sellers enter this way. This is a void Compassion Clubs can fill that keeps patients safe and on their way.
Scottsdale’s police spokesman, Sergeant Mark Clark, who said if someone is caught with 2 1/2 ounces or less of marijuana and has a valid state medical marijuana card, “the investigation stops there.” AndPhoenix Sergeant Steve Martos, who said, “If you’re within the legal amount of whatever, you’re good to go. There’s no reason for us to do anything.” Would like to know their thoughts on Compassion Clubs.
Ok. Cool. Where do I find a Compassion Club? azmarijuana.com recently launched a Compassion Clubsection in the online classified section. All ads are FREE to post.
Stay safe and to my patients, get well, stay free, peace, love.
-Dan K., Founder | AZmarijuana.com