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Bloomberg — Constellation Brands Inc., which for seven decades has made its money off beer, wine and whiskey, sees its future in a marijuana leaf. In the biggest (legal) cannabis deal, the Victor, New York-based beverage company will spend about $3.8 billion to boost its stake in Canadian grower Canopy Growth Corp., betting legalization will…

via The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot — TIME

The Company Behind Corona Beer Is Investing Nearly $4 Billion in Legal Pot — TIME

August 15, 2018

#WeedWednesday Sublingual Medicine

July 19, 2017 1 Comment

There are a growing number of products being produced to specifically address the medical marijuana patient’s needs.  By refining the plant in various ways the effects can be customized.  Those who do not want to smoke have many good options.  Our dispensary, Desert Bloom Re-Leaf Center, is constantly developing new ways to serve the patients.  Our kitchen goddess, Juliana Desmond, works on finding new ways to deliver the benefits of cannabis to treat the conditions our patients present.  She creates, then tests, the products for efficacy and shelf stability before they are sold on the market.  It is a long and careful process she coordinates with our lab.  She also works at the dispensary so she has direct knowledge of what is popular and most requested by our patients.

People of all ages and walks of life come to the dispensary for relief.  As with all healing the patient must trust the provider.  Our dispensary agents are trained to pay very close attention to the patient to establish a comfortable, yet clinical, relationship.  By listening closely to the self diagnosis the patient gives the budtender now has many tools to try.  We teach everyone to start with a very low dose and go slowly.  We want to provide relief with the least amount of consumption and expense. By working with the patient to change dosage and or strain to customize the experience , the budtender’s knowledge and professionalism best serves the public.  If you are looking for a wide variety of products at all price points, visit the knowledgeable staff at Desert Bloom.

#WeedWednesday Welcome To Arizona

July 4, 2017 1 Comment

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Arizona made medical marijuana legal in November, 2010 by enacting Prop 203, which won by a narrow margin.  The health department of the state regulates and licenses dispensaries.  The number of dispensary licenses issued is linked to the number of pharmacy licenses in the state. Prop 203 calls for no more than one dispensary license to be granted for every 10 pharmacy permits issued by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. As of 2010 when the law was passed, that equates to 124 dispensaries statewide. Patients who live more than 25 miles form a dispensary can apply to have a caregiver grow for them, or be their own caregiver.  Many rural areas of the state are more than 25 miles from a dispensary, most of which are concentrated in the urban areas of Phoenix and Tucson.

In Nov 2016 Proposition 205 was defeated by the voters, 51.32% to 48.68%.  Had it passed Arizona would have joined the adjoining states of Colorado, Nevada, and California in legalizing recreational marijuana.  This makes Arizona a less well-funded state, and creates a tourism draw for the other three.  The marijuana tourist tax dollars Arizona turned away will visit Las Vegas and have no remorse.

Canadian firms have started to invest significantly in the AZ market, buying dispensary management companies and making other large investments throughout the state. The cannabis business will grow at a slower rate than our adjoining legal states, but still contribute much to the economy under the current medical law.  Most people think it will eventually be legal in all states soon.  Investors and consultants are setting themselves up in business within the law and are also preparing for the future.  New products and product lines are brought to market and management contracts are being signed.  Weed is big business, a growth business. The expanding market will be served in new ways, yet to be discovered. This is an interesting segment to watch.  What are the marijuana laws in your state, gentle reader?

#WeedWednesday CO2 Extraction

June 28, 2017 3 Comments

Welcome to the first edition of cannabis college. I plan to present a short informative post each Wednesday about the current state of development in the science of medical marijuana. Much has changed, and I anticipate more science based therapies will be developed using cannabis in the near future. I work at the Desert Bloom Re-Leaf Dispensary grow, where we grow indoor and outdoor crops. In the lab and kitchen we produce a wide range of products, which is expanding as new products are tested and developed for the patients.  I am new on the job, and learning more every day.  I know I am curious about all the varieties being grown and the products on the market.  I hope to enlighten both myself and the gentle readers in this series on the science behind this growing industry. Patients now have amazing control of dosage and specific medicine for various conditions.  I want to find out more about this, and share what I learn with you.

Justin McKenzie is one of our head growers, with years of experience in growing and processing cannabis.  He was good enough to join me in the lab to answer some questions about CO2 extraction.  This is the beginning process for many end products. Next we will cover butane extraction in the lab, then go to the kitchen to see what happens there.  I am very curious about all the new ways to micro dose cuisine.

Juliana in the kitchen

Juliana in the kitchen

#WeekendCoffeeShare Cannabis And Lavender

June 17, 2017 11 Comments

Red Rock Lavender Farm

Red Rock Lavender Farm

If we were having coffee this weekend I would offer you a large helping of iced tea. The heat is scorching with no end in sight. The heat draws the moisture up from the south to create our monsoon season, but so far there is a tragic lack of moisture. We are baking in the desert. Stay in the air conditioned comfort and drink loads of tea to stay hydrated during your visit. I will send you off on your trip home with fresh watermelon juice, which I find is the most cooling beverage in the world. Relax and tell me about your week. Did your writing go well? How about life?

If we were guzzling iced tea together I would tell you how much fun I am having at my new job. I am now licensed as a dispensary agent by the state of Arizona. I work at a medical marijuana grow harvesting and trimming weed. I only work 12 hours a week in that capacity, but I am developing new ways to serve the patients. I want to create a cannabis catering department as well as an excursion department. I am new at this business, but have lots of experience in the travel industry. I believe the patients are a perfect group of people to put on a party bus for short trips.

The best part of my job is getting to know all my new colleagues. They know a lot about cannabis, but I have miles to go before I will understand all the various new concentrates being made, and the various strains being cultivated.  I learn every time I go to work for my four hour shifts.  It is surprising to me how much finesse is required to trim buds.  Each variety has different qualities and must be handled differently.  It takes focus, but we can still chat and listen to music as we work.  The people with whom I work are very good natured (as you might expect).  I plan to feature short educational segments on  Wednesdays, #WeedWednesdays, featuring our expert grower.  There is endless information as well as interest in this subject.

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If we were on our third glass of iced tea by now I would tell you about our plan to escape to the White Mountains of Arizona next weekend.  We are going to a lavender festival near the town of Snowflake.  Just saying the word Snowflake is pretty exciting when it is 115 outside.  We will drive up on Friday and stay in Show Low, AZ.  On Saturday we will attend the Lavender Festival at Red Rock Farms.  This event promises to be the exact opposite of burning up in the heat.  We will romp through the fields of lavender on a pick your own adventure, then attend cooking demos and wine tastings at the farm.  I can’t wait!!!! Saturday night we will check in to an historical bed and breakfast downtown Snowflake, which I will also like a lot. We have to drive home on Sunday, but we can linger in the mountains on the way back. We need to make the most of our “cool down” because the following week will be a furnace down here.

Thanks for joining me today.  Use sunscreen on the way to your vehicle.  You would not believe how quickly you can be burned to a crisp. Please visit our hostess Emily at Nerd in the Brain for more coffee shares.  This movable feast takes place every weekend.  Join us to read, comment, or submit your own digital beverage post.

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