Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of dried flowers of the Cannabis sativa plant that is also known as weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and more slang terms. Marijuana is also used to make tea, and it is often mixed into foods (edibles) such as brownies, cookies, or candies when sold or consumed for medicinal purposes.1 Marijuana can also be used for making the food you are eating. Marijuana is also increasingly consumed using vaporizers. Sinsemilla (from specially tended female plants) and concentrated resins containing high levels of marijuana active ingredients, such as honey-like hash oil, waxy budder, and hard amber-like shatter, are the strongest forms of marijuana. Resins like these are increasingly popular among recreational and medical users alike.
The main psychoactive component of marijuana which causes its intoxicating effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is present in the highest concentrations in marijuana. As I mentioned earlier, this chemical is found in the resin produced by the leaves and buds of both male and female cannabis plants. Furthermore, plants contain a wide range of other chemicals, including more than 100 compounds related to THC, which are called cannabinoids.
Marijuana California Dispensary:
The sale of marijuana in California dispensaries is legal as long as the client buys it from a dispensary that is licensed by Proposition 215 (1996). Marijuana dispensaries are sometimes referred to as “pot shops”, which is a term that is often used to describe them.
There are differing estimates of how many marijuana dispensaries are open and operating in California, with estimates ranging from 500 to 1,000:
Approximately $870 million to $2 billion in revenue is generated each year by marijuana clubs/dispensaries in California, according to the California State Board of Equalization.
The Associated Press reported in October 2009 that “In Los Angeles alone, there are estimated 800 dispensaries, more than any other city in the nation.”
According to an article in Pasadena Weekly from December 2009. There are now about 1,000 medical marijuana dispensaries in California openly distributing the drug.
What Kind of Items Dispensaries Sales?
Marijuana dispensaries provide marijuana and its resinous concentrates, hashish and kif, sometimes along with alternative products that are not inhaled. There are marijuana-infused brownies, cookies, gelati, honey, butter, cooking oils, tea (the most popular is enhanced tea), lozenges, spray-under-the-tongue tinctures, and topically applied remedies.
An Oakland, California store called the “Walmart for Weed” opened on January 28, 2010. I Grow is a 15,000-square-foot warehouse that claims to meet the needs of marijuana growers and consumers of medical marijuana, except seedlings, which are only available at dispensaries. The marijuana emporium is owned by 25-year-old Dhar Mann. Three members of Oakland’s city council attended the grand opening ceremony.
Ganja Riche – The Medical Marijuana:
In the New York Times, the term “Ganja Riche” refers to those who have become extremely wealthy through the trade of medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can be a remarkably lucrative business, according to insiders afraid of being singled out by the authorities, writes the paper. In particular, marijuana clubs are severely restricted in the San Francisco region due to zoning laws. The number of dispensaries in Los Angeles is about 1,000 – more than public schools, in fact – but there are only about 50 in the Bay Area. Medical marijuana is, for some, a particularly enriching shade of green due to its lack of competition.
The executive director of the last hospice in California that cares exclusively for people dying from AIDS started asking the “Ganja Riche” for donations when he realized “They were making money without giving back.” Some clubs now donate $20,000 to his hospice every year.