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On his a time and we're beginning to weeklong look inside the world of medical marijuana addict comes -- today.
When the Obama administration says it will not arrest medical marijuana users or suppliers.
In the fourteen states that have already approved laws we start with a look.
Inside California marijuana dispensary -- is the order of the pharmacy -- went a little forests and Joanna thanks for showing as your products and we've got.
You're T shirts we've got to what is what is this is -- you've got some bottles are you better -- looks like a beer bottle differences.
Might as -- -- team but for medical use formally.
But talk to us about the problems at random.
Okay first it just like to say that not only are we provider of medical campus that we are -- natural herbal shop.
We believe an integrated -- medicine wellness and so we have over 300 varieties.
Plant based medicine's organic.
In one of the things that we offer -- is medical candidates to patients with a recommendation.
So as as a health professionals very important -- people realize this is for medical use only.
For instance this is one of these products that we've developed we've found that many people don't want to use inhalation products and smoke.
I candidates are they want alternative forms show this is one of these that we've developed and have a and we're also developing when that house.
No TH -- in hiring another active kidnap annoyance for arthritis.
For symptoms of chemotherapy.
And similar types of ailments.
It is that this despite has been going on for for for years and years between since 1990s between California and the federal government.
Have you yourself ever been subject to a raid by defense have you been investigated -- say the IRS because of a cash business -- -- what is your experience been as a business owner.
Who is operating under California law legally.
Well for almost five years now.
We've been in business and we've run the -- we had -- Went through -- federal raid in 2007.
Actually on my birthday.
But wasn't very much and we also been audited by the higher risks and we came through with flying colors and so we've been transparent from day one.
And it's really exciting to see changes.
In the federal government as well as.
State -- allowing the states to be able to regulate medical campus.
I've been looking at -- and since data coming -- -- California they estimate of the crop in California seventeen billion dollars -- on -- on I was -- Northern California suddenly looks a legalize marijuana statewide I realize you're in the business in your thoughts.
On this movement in this state -- legalize it but tax it to help but -- California's fiscal problems.
Well I've I've looked at that.
Bill proposal I think it's a very good bill for number reasons just to start.
It would save the state I've been told over a million dogs hitting one billion dollars just in law enforcement incarceration.
-- not to even count about taxation.
To -- this is for medical use and deaths of but the reason why it's legal in California.
Then why isn't this like everything else that's medical behind that counter at a -- received.
Why is it long why is about something it sold at the CVS drugstore chain.
Well I would love to be able to do that and that's why I've established a pharmacy like model.
But because of its schedule as a schedule one by the FDA is considered a drug of -- abuse that has no medical value.
So I would not be able to get a pharmacy.
License to be able to.
Medical -- We should say you were the pharmacist first joining -- -- pharmacist for for years until our national audience know you're quite a figurehead and -- -- -- California when it comes to.
This issue I know that you thought about expanding up in the Santa Barbara -- nice to be out there as well also.
-- -- What rethink your -- expansion plans with the news today that the Obama administration is gonna ease up on going after people like you they're saying I'm not gonna come after you any war does that give you hope as a small business owner that you can in fact expand.
And other areas of the state.
Yes it sure does and it's really great to hear I'm looking forward to the protocols in the provisions he's going to -- Today to federal prosecutors.
I think it's very important.
And major step in the sensible drug policy for a country.
I hope that we will look at other countries as well to establish a really good policy Richard and I don't think I -- -- -- -- -- an anti -- your main customer describe.
The age and the type of person that comes and who could buy your product that's we show our audience because they got some here we want to show well the packaging.
-- -- Besides.
Just medical candidates we have customers of all ages we of one of the largest children's natural product.
In the -- in our stores so as far as our medical candidates patients are at average age is forty years old.
And we're getting more and more patients elderly patients that feel comfortable coming into a pharmacy like setting and getting help and proper.
What they should pick four and how they should use their their medicines I'm holding up the brownies and I would just say look -- -- people don't want and hail.
Marijuana I mean that's that's cancer causing so they are that's more the product you're selling what the -- the food the dropped that your body will popular in your store okay writers as a small business we.
We are able to take a lot of that.
Money to do research and develop products and establish a consistency and standardization that's -- to go.
Yeah I saw I saw the list of what you treat.
With this with Canada's and it what it first came out it was sold to the Californians and they voted -- -- 1996.
In in a proposition.
That this was for people who were suffering pain primarily from cancer and things long those -- but I was looking at the list.
Joanna you've got things on there like auto accidents.
I mean isn't this really a facade for.
Selling something that would otherwise be -- -- by calling it medical.
I don't think so if you look at the research that's coming out as irrefutable that I -- and this has medicinal value.
And now even they've established in that are finding the end okay now the -- system that your body.
Actually -- creates its own natural.
And it it's involved in almost every metabolic process in your body that's why it's good for so -- -- -- -- ailments and symptoms.
Joanna Joanna you know there -- -- in California has such an anti business environment.
This all and come this is there over regulated they're overtaxed small businesses are really hurt hard.
-- -- -- hit very hard by the government in California people are leaving the state.
Any chance that you may expanded to another state there -- thirteen other states so that allow the medical use of marijuana any thoughts there.
I would like to very much I think.
Our model is the model now and also the model of the future.
And where we're looking at the full body and it integrative approach.
Our -- is always -- to take.
The economic and political importance out of -- -- of -- And two offered to people and have safe access to -- that -- -- people -- -- -- -- -- -- I would declare guys you know when you going to Joanna -- a customer you pay nine point 75% in California sales stack to the California.
Guys is already making money this for me.
-- -- -- Somebody's got to manufacture this is this all made in California president -- -- made out of state are you making yourself.
Or you have to you have to contract with somebody to make it so are they breaking any laws by making -- if they're outside California.
We don't do anything outside of California and that's why I really feel it's important that this is regulated state to state I applaud.
The Obama administration for giving us an opportunity to do that.
-- state law says that it's only provided -- -- provided and two patients in who are residents of California.
So we have a certified.
By the department of -- to actually close your eyes as well.
And so we the products that we make are are cultivation.
Our candidates are flowers are provided.
Care growers in their all members of our collective eyes so we have -- but closed circuit.
-- and all of -- owner of the pharmacy.
Of course your lessons from this thinking very much Joanna for explaining to us the business here and telling the national audience about it thank -- Joanna.
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