Also, weed can't legally be transported across state lines because of federal interstate commerce laws. You won't be able to buy weed on the day after the election from a California pot farmer. If the law passes, growers will have to start from scratch here.

The cost of running a medical marijuana operation runs in the six figures.

That said, the feds have already grappled with the conflicting state and federal laws. In a 2009 memo, Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden essentially said the government will not enforce federal law against people who follow state law, provided they follow these seven commandments:

• Thou shall not possess firearms.

• Thou shall not commit violence.

• Thou shall not sell to kids without a prescription.

• Thou shall not launder money from illegal marijuana sales.

• Thou shall not possess or sell any other illegal narcotics.

• Thou shall not grow more marijuana than the state legally allows.

• Thou shall not have ties to other criminal enterprises.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration are always on the lookout for violators. Between 2009 and 2012, the feds raided more than 100 dispensaries in California. Last November, DEA agents led raids against a dozen Denver medical marijuana dispensaries they suspected of laundering money and trafficking weed out of Colorado. Just this month, the DEA shut down four Los Angeles dispensaries.

Basically, if you are going to open a medical marijuana business, don't do any gangster shit. Any medical marijuana operation that opens in late 2015 has the potential to make plenty of money legally selling bud to qualified patients. This being South Florida, there might be a temptation to act like Tony Montana. Don't do it.

Step 4: Pick a business model.

The constitutional amendment requires that the state set up regulations by May 1, 2015, and issue patient cards by August.

Medical marijuana laws differ slightly in each of the 21 states that have legalized pot, but based on regulations in those states, there will likely be two ways to make money. An individual or a corporation can set up a dispensary, or a "medical marijuana treatment center," that will grow weed and stock the ganja, plus sell other pot products like food, hash oils, and ointments. For mom-and-pop marijuana entrepreneurs, the "caregiver" option typically allows a person who passes a background check to supply weed — excuse me, "provide meds" — to five patients. Florida's ­proposed amendment expressly prohibits caregivers from sampling a patient's medicine.

The Florida financial impact study shows that at least 250,351 caregivers and 1,789 treatment centers would be needed to service an estimated 417,252 patients.

In addition to allowing for dispensaries and caregivers, 15 states allow patients to grow their own weed, though some impose certain restrictions — if the patient suffers financial hardship, for instance, or lives at least 25 miles from a dispensary.

The Florida Department of Health will likely determine who can grow cannabis plants for patients and how many they can grow. In addition to the health department regulations, the state Legislature as well as individual cities and counties could pile on additional laws.

So how much revenue stands to be made? Once it's determined how many patients will qualify and how much med weed they'll need, you can do the math.

Dispensaries around the country charge $20 to $60 for an eighth of an ounce, the equivalent of about three to four joints, says Kris Hermes, a spokesman for Americans for Safe Access, a national organization promoting medical marijuana. Prices are about on par with street prices in Florida — currently about $50 for an eighth. "In California," Hermes says, "the most potent marijuana can retail at $400 an ounce," he says. "That amount may last one patient two to three months. But another patient could use it up in two weeks."

But patients will have to pay for weed out of their own pockets. Health insurers do not cover medical marijuana. "I don't know of any insurers that have specifically explained why they refuse to reimburse patients," Hermes says. "It could be that marijuana is still illegal under federal law."

Step 5: Partner with someone who is already in the medical marijuana business in another state.

Avoid the headache of having to figure out every potential problem you will face by partnering with someone who's already been through this rigmarole in another state. The benefits are obvious.

Harold Brooks Jr., a Vero Beach dentist, incorporated Marijuana Florida and Marijuana Miami on January 31. "I see a number of people who come in wheelchairs and who have debilitating diseases," he says. "They can't wait for medical marijuana to be legal. They really believe it will help them quit Vicodin and other drug dependencies they have."

When he gets into the business, he's got an experienced hand to count on. His son, Steve Brooks, owns two dispensaries and four grow facilities in Colorado. "He's planning to open two more dispensaries and just opened a store for recreational users," Harold says. "He loves Miami and would love to open down there if medical marijuana becomes available."

Via telephone, Steve Brooks says he was building high-end single-family homes until a building boom went bust about four years ago. He partnered with two other builders to open their first dispensary in Denver in late 2010. "I got into this business not knowing anything about it," Steve says. "I had never grown a cannabis plant in my life, and I had never run a retail business. I hired a company to manage and consult on the grow end, and I hired the right people on the retail side."

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dlakatos

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dlakatos
dlakatos

Marijuana Cop's are nothing but Modern day Witch Hunters. You should see them dancing around burning pot,  Slapping each other on the azz, Congratulating each other like some kind of big hero's. The Drug Wars Is A racket. As everybody knows there's been a sharp increase of Heroin Use in America. The United Nations is using our soldiers to guard the Global 

Elites and to big to fail Banks Poppy Field in Afghan which supply 90% of Heroin to the world. They had a Bumper Crop this year. The CIA are the biggest pusher of drugs. They flown military plane loaded with Heroin back to America to sell. Asked any Vietnam vet they no the truth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 -- DEA Raids on  Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries --


4-30-2014


Federal authorities raided multiple Denver medical marijuana businesses in dramatic fashion Wednesday — smashing doors, yanking out pot plants and cash, sawing safes open and driving the seized items away in U-Haul trucks.



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Jay Udell
Jay Udell

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Feds Indict Colorado Dispensary Owners and their Lawyer



Janice Poole
Janice Poole

God Bless Florida! First you have to vote yes :)

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

A grad student from UC Davis - who was working on a PHD in Agricultural Science - tested 17 samples of so-called medical marijuana in California and 100% of it was synthetic fakes.   It's like that Chilean Sea Bass you paid $40 dollars for at the Forge but actually, you had $9 Atlantic grouper.


The buds are grown to look like MJ and then it's dried and sprayed with the imitation THC - and sold to the sheep for $17 per gram.


The proof is there for all to see if you know the difference....The lab test proved it's a big scam right now.  That's why these Cats are selling books and going on the talk circuit.

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13


you missed the $$$ train the last 20 years in cali.....sorry


"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom
 
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AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

Marti Paul
Marti Paul

Ralph Rk. Kinda a long read, but interesting.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Unless you have something like Charlotte's Web that is a cure, the state already has someone else in mind. I don't doubt they steal everything that is remotely close to curing anything like Charlotte's Web is for themselves ?

Leo Con
Leo Con

Ramona Thomas weren't u just talking about this lol

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Federal agents on Friday arrested individuals in connection with high-profile raids on Colorado medical marijuana businesses, and a lawyer for one of the raid targets confirmed his client has been indicted.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said the arrests were carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS Criminal Investigations and the Diplomatic Security Service.


"Who has been arrested and the nature of the charges are currently the subject of a sealed indictment, which won't be publicly available until Monday," Dorschner said




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

On Nov. 21, agents executed search warrants on 14 businesses — including dispensaries and grow facilities — and two homes, carting away plants and seizing records. A search warrant identified 10 men as "target subjects" connected to the operation.


Sources told The Denver Post that the raids were chasing possible connections to Colombian drug cartels, which several of the targets have denied.


Prosecutors described Uribe's alleged role in the organization in a court filing in a weapons case of a Colombian national, Hector Diaz, arrested during the raids. Prosecutors called Uribe "head of a marijuana drug distribution organization" and among the targets of a long-term investigation into money laundering and other offenses.


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SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

@DonkeyHotay @SedonaSherpa In the fake bud biz?  You no trichome fraud!

 
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