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“I Gots Mine”: Dispensary Owners Against Marijuana Legalization | The NORML Stash Blog

I am the producer of The NORML Network, the host of the NORML SHOW LIVE and The NORML Stash Blog, and NORML's Outreach Coordinator. I'm married, live in Portland, Oregon, and I am a registered medical marijuana caregiver in this state. I've worked days as an IT geek and nights as a professional musician. Previously, I have been the host of my own political talk radio show on satellite radio. I've been the High Times "Freedom Fighter of the Month" and I travel across the country to educate people on marijuana reform. I've dedicated my life to bringing an end to adult marijuana prohibition and re-legalizing cannabis hemp, and I'm honored to be chosen by NORML to give voice to the Marijuana Nation and to speak for those who can't speak up.


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16 responses to ““I Gots Mine”: Dispensary Owners Against Marijuana Legalization”

  1. Right2Choose

    What an intelligent and well written article! I agree 1,000% It’s just really sad to see that dispensaries who claim to be an aid to the sick are really just out to get their money. It’s even more sad that it doesn’t surprise me…

  2. alsguy

    fuck the ripoff uncompassionate dispensaires…

    I got a better idea…30 years ago i was given real thc capsules which was refined into 100% thc from lo grade pot …to “test out” for my cancer…later they invented marinol …which does not work…. marinol is suppose to be molecule by molecule the same as thc…

    So the fda can “fast track” the approval of thc capsules as the generic version of marinol…
    without spending milllions of $ and years of testing… once fda approves thc any pharmacy can stock it
    and any doctor anywhere in the usa can write a script for it….and my insurance would pay for it… no pot drs, dispensaries, medical cards none of that crap… just 100% thc. (note 100% capsules are 5 times more powerful than the 20% swag they sell in dispensaires)…

    my pharrmacy does not have armed guards or double their prices to prevent reselling…also my pharmacy certifies its purity as 100% and drug manufactures are subject to regulations. I don’t buy 20 or 10% vicodin pills.
    Would you pay $6,400 for a one lb head of lettuce? thats what my dispensary here in ca would sell
    me retail for a pound of pot….. Corn is sold by the ton..not by the 1/8 of a ounce, ounce
    or gram.. Pot is a weed …….it doesn’t cost thousands to grow…

    When they looked for gold here in ca they didn’t just look for 2lb rocks … instead they took
    grains to nuggets and REFINED it into 2 lb bars of gold….

    Pot has been refined for thousands of years to push the thc content so that you can get
    high…usually it is made into hash…

    REFINE POT into 100% certified 100 mg thc capsules that i can buy at any pharmacy in the
    country with a s8imple script that any dr can write in the country…

    I am on disability with als symptoms ..i cannot afford my drs letter, card, or $ to buy my pot

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    [...] have been blogging recently about dispensaries in California that are hostile to Prop 19 – California’s marijuana legalization initiative. What I suspect are sock puppet fronts [...]

  5. hammerheadoftex

    I suffer from chronic pain at a level few can fathom. 17 fused,broken,or compressed vertabrae,not to mention more ruptured and bulging disks than I can keep up with at any given time time. I get a ton of Rx meds that only allow me to not want to scream most of the time. I am virtually bedridden.
    I want medical marijuana more than be imagined. I think of moving to a state that has a more enlightened view on releavable pain. I hate them but Cannot imagine life without the other drugs i get.
    I am not seeking sympathy i hope this letter motivates people to keep up the fight, many others have diseases worse than mine. If I was allowed one gram a week without fear of losing my other drugs due to drug testingwold be a blessing.
    Do not feel sorry for me I have many good things in my life many do not.I have had a great life and done many things others wish about. Atleast I can afford what I need and a lot I just want

  6. delpart

    Russ, thanks for the article, but more importantly thank you for taking the time to address some of the hysteria responses on the main blog.

    I’m really starting to wonder if the cannabis culture (not meaning the magazine) just loves a good myth. It certainly seems like the fairly plain language used in Prop 19 is being easily misunderstood and confused with so many other proposed bills. If any of this delusion propagation of misinformation is some sort of grand conspiracy, I have to at least tip my hat to them for knowing how gullible their target appears to be. Though I am leaning towards the blind leading the blind.

  7. xcannabis.com

    BTW- JW, I still have your pink lighter! And.. I love your place! Looking good!

    When we get less busy, we’ll try on a seed shop. I do so love seeds. =)-~

    I’ll bring the lighter back, and drop off the quote for custom t-shirts this weekend hopefully!

    Much love!

  8. xcannabis.com

    This link will work better.

    http://slu2.com/MA

  9. xcannabis.com

    We started a group on facebook not long ago titled:

    “Dispensaries, if you don’t support legalization I wont support you”

    I was surprised of the popularity, despite not advertising it much.

    This is not about the farmers, or the collectives, or the dispensaries. No. This is about freedom and liberty!

    Here is the link:

    http://www.facebook.com/ThCompassion#!/group.php?gid=113104435390931&ref=ts

  10. J.W.

    Cannibis should be the medicine of first resort, one of the things you do BEFORE you spend a lot of money and time with so called conventional medicine. Doesn’t it make sense to start with the least harmful and most likely remedy?
    And now to address the greed portion of tonites entertainment. Some of you are aware that we started a dispensary a few months ago. We started this insane endeavour because we could see that it is about to explode on the American experience like few phenomena have in the past. Yes I believe that this will pay off and I fully intend to be standing in the first doorway that opens. I have waited patiently for over forty years for this specific opportunity to arrive. I could have made a shitload of money the whole time but I had things more valuable than money to concern myself with, They could take your kids back then for just being a consumer(and they tried).
    So I waited and I worked and I learned. One of the things I learned was that there are a VAST number of things more valuable than money, not the least of which is self respect.
    Few ever leave our establishment without at least cruising thru the “samples” and NO sick person was ever turned away over money(and yes, anger is an illness we can and will cure for free). Soon we will have an informal meeting/medicating area for our members that we hope will evolve eventually into a cannabis cafe modeled after the one in Portland.
    While our business is 100% concerned with our medical members, those members’ primary concern is that 95% of their loved ones still face prison for demonstrating more intellect than alcoholics.
    Sorry if I rambled a bit but we’re not ALL, all about the money and it’s starting to sting a little for those of us in the trenches.

  11. SpaceMace

    I agree with Patrick, it can either be legal or not. This garbage about how cannabis is only for people as a last resort remains ignorant to the fact that it is the safest therapeutic substance known to man! Even if prop 19 doesn’t pass, I have a feeling that it will only be a matter of years before it’s finally legal. Obama may be dragging his feet now, but come his second term, he won’t have anything to lose anymore. :flush:

    Kudos Russ on the great rant.

  12. Patrick Haueter

    Legal or Not!!! – It can’t be both! – Preachers, teachers, white collar, blue collar… All kinds of people are entering this emerging marketplace! – For more Cannabis- Marijuana- Hemp news and gossip, find me on Twitter: HempNetworker

  13. Bin lad

    Just say mo. These greedy bastards putting $$$ b-4 ppl are nothing but cut throats. ??????

  14. danny danko

    Spot on once again Russ. I never thought I’d see the day when there would be growers and dealers against legalization. Shame on any greedy person who puts profits before people. Think of how much momentum our movement will lose if Prop 19 is defeated. How goes OCTA in OR? Also, give Ganja Jon our best from the High Times family!

  15. fishcreekbob

    Yes indeed xcannabis.com . Get :stoned: and have a little day dream of him on video with the judge. I think that might be impressive also. :bongin: :idk: :bow: Also, knowing the plant don’t you believe that hemp laws are proof of the crime of hatred of all mankind ? :idk:

  16. xcannabis.com

    As always, nicely done Russ! Thank you for putting the references and graphics up, you do a fine job!

    http://slu2.com/Cuh

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