Picture 28Todd Young is concerned.

His lawyer assures him the grow operation and members-only dispensary he runs from a nondescript North Boulder warehouse is on the right side of the ambiguous regulations that constitute medical marijuana law in Colorado today. That doesn’t stop him from worrying about what will happen if he’s pulled over on the way home and the police officer catches a whiff of the plants he spends his days tending.

Pierre Werner is cashing in.

Across the street from the University of Colorado, a neon pot leaf superimposed over a medical cross beckons customers to his business, DrReefer.com. Werner relocated from Nevada because here he can actually sell marijuana instead of just charging patients for a referral.

Judith Straffin is confused.

When the 66-year-old Longmont resident finally got a marijuana recommendation Picture 29from her doctor after suffering more than a decade of debilitating, undiagnosed pain, she had no idea where to go to get her medicine.

The rapid proliferation of retail dispensaries in Boulder County and across the state and the newfound visibility of medical marijuana nine years after voters approved Amendment 20 has left many wondering if they are seeing the de facto legalization of the drug.

Hope that this is the case has emboldened marijuana activists, while fear of back-door legalization has sparked a political backlash that could lead to tighter regulations at the state level.

history“We cannot have a Wild West-type situation where we have dispensaries on every corner like convenience stores,” said state Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, who plans to introduce legislation next year that would eliminate retail-style dispensaries and place extra scrutiny on patients under 25.

Activists say lawmakers are rushing to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. All that’s changed, they say, is that medical marijuana has come out of the closet.

“People think this is something new,” said Laura Kriho of the Boulder-based Picture 30Cannabis Therapy Institute, an advocacy group. “All that’s new is it’s coming out of the black market. This is what the legalization of a previously criminal enterprise looks like.”

Activists, dispensary owners and patients say two key changes in the last year brought medical marijuana into the open.

First, the Obama administration in February announced it would not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that allow for medical marijuana.

For Nederland dispensary owner Mark Rose that was the reassurance his investors needed to commit to his plans for a shop. For several years, he had been supplying patients with medical marijuana discreetly from his home. In June, he opened Grateful Meds.

The second change was a decision by the state health department in July to not cap the number of patients who could be seen by any one caregiver. That opened the door to the dispensary model, in which one or two caregivers have dozens or even hundreds of patients.

There were just four dispensaries in Boulder before that ruling. Since August, at least another 57 marijuana-based operations have applied for business licenses from the city. That includes 21 businesses just this month.

Despite the proliferation of dispensaries and the existence of doctors who specialize in marijuana recommendations, it’s not always easy for patients to know what to do.

Straffin, the Longmont patient, has suffered from severe pain centered in her sacroiliac joint — where the base of the spine meets the pelvis — for years, but she didn’t think she qualified for medical marijuana because she didn’t have cancer or AIDS. Only this year, when she started to hear about other patients with severe chronic pain, did she approach her doctor.

She had no idea how to find a dispensary, she said.

“I never smoked pot before, even though I went to Berkeley in the 60s,” she said. “How am I supposed to know the Little Dog is a head shop?”

Even with the new openness, those running straight retail operations still run a risk.

“The more well-being care you offer, the more likely you are to fit the definition,” said Eric Moutz, a Boulder attorney who advises a number of marijuana-based businesses. “You need to have a substantial, holistic and lasting relationship with your patient.”

The result is that nearly every dispensary has a massage chair in the corner or room that will — any day now — be converted into space for a massage therapist or an acupuncturist.

Moutz said the state Legislature should simply legalize straight retail operations. Businesses shouldn’t have to pretend to be something they’re not to run a legal business.

But Stephen Kaplan and Shaun Gindy, owners of Louisville dispensary Compassionate Pain Management, said they wouldn’t operate any other way.

“This has been our vision from day one — a holistic healing center that happens to be a dispensary,” Kaplan said. “We have patients who don’t even use marijuana.”

Their offices next to a Subway sandwich shop smell like bread, not marijuana, and look no different than a typical doctor’s office. They have two private rooms with professional massage tables and contract with a Chinese herbalist, Reiki healers and medical intuitives.

Kaplan and Gindy would have little to worry about if Romer has his way in the state Senate. He wants to see the word “dispensary” disappear and have all medical marijuana distributed in health care settings.

But even if Romer’s legislation is adopted as proposed, it likely will face court challenges.

“Anything that limits the patient’s right to access medical marijuana ultimately won’t pass muster,” said Jeff Gard, another Boulder attorney who advises marijuana business owners and represents patients charged with marijuana-related crimes. “They think they’re trying to regulate a business, but really they’re limiting patient access. The dispensaries don’t exist separately from the patient’s right to access marijuana.”

Even as medical marijuana activists insist they’ll win any court battles, many dispensary owners are pushing for voluntary guidelines that include staying away from schools, foregoing signs with large pot leaves on them or names that rely on puns about weed, pot or chronic and generally keeping a low profile.

Gard’s a big supporter of that approach, but not everyone in the community agrees.

Kathleen Chippi of the Cannabis Healing Arts in Nederland said staying away from schools implies dispensaries are dangerous.

“My kid can walk into a grocery store and purchase a bottle of aspirin. Aspirin is far more dangerous than marijuana, but we don’t say keep grocery stores away from schools,” she said.

That this debate remains so heated is evidence marijuana is still very much illegal, Gard said.

“We wouldn’t be having an hour-long conversation about it (if it were legal). There wouldn’t be three different bills being floated in the Legislature,” he said. “People wouldn’t be asking (Boulder County Sheriff Drug Task Force Cmdr.) Tommy Sloan if he thinks there are too many dispensaries in town. Nobody asks Tommy Sloan if he thinks there are too many bookstores in Boulder.” By Erica Meltzer. Source.

Picture 31

November 16, 2009 – California is in serious financial trouble, fueling the most recent push to legalize and tax marijuana to help balance the state budget. But alberto-torrico-cali-assemblyman1what’s left out of these calculations is the health and safety of the patients who rely on medical marijuana.

While I am a supporter of medical marijuana, a decision to legalize a powerful drug in order to balance our budget would be a critical mistake and would jeopardize public safety. Even in the midst of this fiscal crisis, we need to focus on providing safe medicine, not just grasping for any available revenue source.

There is strong scientific evidence that marijuana helps ease the symptoms of a number of serious illnesses, from AIDS to cancer, and it should be available under a doctor’s prescription. Californians are united in their desire to see this safe and effective medicine delivered to those who need it.

But turning this powerful medicine into a revenue source is wrong.

The proponents of legalization point out that marijuana is already widely used. But just because a powerful medicine has been adopted for recreational purposes, partially through flaws in our medical marijuana delivery system, does not mean recreational use should be legalized. It means that the system should be reformed and better regulated.

Right now, there are no meaningful statewide regulations on medical marijuana production, delivery or use. Overseeing the exploding number of marijuana dispensaries and collectives rests with county authorities. This has left a patchwork system that is clearly being abused, as seen in the mounting evidence that criminal cartels are starting to supply, or even control, some of the dispensaries.

The time has come for strong statewide oversight of the medical marijuana system.

First and foremost, we need to protect access to safe medicine for those who need it. That means implementing consistent regulations guarding against cannabis tainted with pesticides and other dangerous substances. The practice of providing medicine that contains dangerous and cancer-causing impurities can be ended only through a system of state testing and rigorous control.

There is also no state oversight of doctor recommendations written for marijuana or consistent regulation of its use. If a doctor started writing hundreds of prescriptions for one drug such, as OxyContin, federal regulators would investigate. But doctors can write thousands, or even tens of thousands, of “recommendations” for medical marijuana with no oversight at all.

Even when there are legitimate doctor recommendations, there are no consistent regulations for how much cannabis can be purchased, at what price and at what potency. Imagine going to a pharmacy to buy a medication and having to “test” to learn the potency of that drug. But that’s what medical marijuana patients must do — find the proper dose through a system of trial and error.

There are no meaningful statewide regulations for security in cannabis collectives. No oversight as to where they can be located or how many one community should be required to host. No statewide standards over how much cannabis can be purchased for medical use at one time. No meaningful control over who is operating these clubs or their qualifications to do so. And until recently, no meaningful efforts to close the numerous “dispensaries” that have sprung up in violation of even the weak existing regulations.

In short, we are tolerating a dangerous system that threatens the health of patients and the public safety for all Californians.

We’re not going to solve this problem by “normalizing” an illegal drug. We need tough regulations that make safe cannabis available to those who need it and unavailable to those who are seeking to abuse it.

ALBERTO TORRICO, D-Fremont, is majority leader of the California State Assembly. He wrote this article for the Mercury News. By Alberto Torrico.

HempNews makes no representation as to the quality, service, reliability, or compassion of any of the following coops, dispensaries, delivery services or patients’ groups. Delivery services are listed here.


Northern California

North Coast

* Humboldt Patient Resource Center, 980 6th St. Arcata 707-826-7988 Open 10-5 M-Th, 10-5:30 F.
* Arcata iCenter, 1085 K St. Arcata (707) 496-9769 Open Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5.
* Herban Legend, 17851 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg (707) 961-0113; M-Sa 11am-6pm.
* Sonoma Patient Group, 2425 Cleveland Ave #175 Santa Rosa (707) 526-2800.
* Organic Cannabis Foundation – 301 E. Todd Rd, Santa Rosa (707) 588-881 Open 10-6:45 M-F; 10-4:45 Sa.
* Peace in Medicine, 6771 Sebastopol Ave (Hwy 12), Sebastopol (707) 823-4206 Open Tu-Sa 10:30-7; Su-M 10:30- 5.
* Sonoma Alliance for Med MJ (707) 522-0292 – Advocacy & education (Does not distribute).
* Sonoma (Guerneville): Marvin’s Gardens 707-869-1291
* Lake Co D & M Compassion Center, 15196 Lakeshore Blvd, Clearlake (707) 994-1320
* The Patient’s Choice, 9440 Main St., Upper Lake (707) 275-9564 Open M-Sa 10-6.
* Good Karma Growers Collective, 6045 Second Ave. Lucerne (707) 274-2144
* The Humboldt Cooperative 601 I St., Suite 2 Arcata (707) 822-9330. Open Mon-Thu 10-5:30; Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5:30.
* Northern California Collective & Vapor Lounge 8050 Lake St. Lower Lake (707) 998-5248
* Compassionate Heart 2020 Industry Rd. Ukiah (707) 462-5100 Open Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 11-7; Thurs 1-7. micromike420@att.net
* Going Green 735 8th St. Napa (707) 253-2646 Open M-Sa 10am-7pm, Sun 12-7
* Triple C Collective 9781 Point Lakeview Rd. #1 Kelseyville (707) 277-0121 Open Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-6.
* See delivery services page

Central Valley & Foothills to Redding

* MMCA, Cameron Park (El Dorado Co.) (530) 677-5362
* Golden State Patient Care Collective, 233 Hwy 174, Colfax (530) -346-2514. M, Tu, W, Sat 10 – 5; Th-Fr 10-6.
* Trusted Friends Inc. 3061 Churn Creek Redding (530) 222-3645. Open Mon-Sat 11-7
* Yuba County Cannabis Buyers’ Collective (530) 749-7497
* CVC Central Valley Coop/PCC Stanislaus/Central Valley (209) 818-2932 CACaregivers@aol.com
* Cal Patient Collectives 2728 Churn Creek Rd. Redding (530) 221-3790 Open 8-8.
* WDH Precious Safe House 2849 Bechellie Rd. Redding (530) 221-3723 Open 8-8.
* Nature’s 420, 1133 Hilltop (In Town & Country Center) Redding (530) 605-0545. Open Mon-Sat 11-7.
* The Green Heart Collective 3056 West Center St. Anderson (530) 365-8500 Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6.
* Trinity Gardens Inc. 2160 Railroad Ave. Redding (530) 510-4462 Open Mon-Sat 10-8; Sun 12-5.
* Tehama Herbal Collective (THC Inc.) NorCal (530) 824-4811 Open M-F 8-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6 tehamaherbal@att.net
* Holistic Healing Products (HHP) 40422 Highway 41 #3 Oakhurst (559) 683-4203 Open M, Tu, Th, F, Sat 11-2 & 2:30-6.
* River Valley Collective 1600 Placer St. Redding (530) 244-4701 Open Mon-Sat 10-8.
* California Harm Reduction Cooperative Inc. 2700 Hegan Lane Suite 102 Chico (530) 345-6303 Open Mon-Sat 9-7.
* Classy Joint 905 Wall St. Redding (530) 221-6420 Open daily 10-7; 7-8pm by appt. only.
* Trusted Friends Inc. 1943 Pine St. Redding (530) 229-0454. Open Mon-Sat 11-7
* Redding Wellness 1840 Churn Creek Rd. Redding (530) 221-1900 Open daily 11-7.
* The Green Heart Collective 108 Chestnut St. Suite B Mount Shasta (530) 918-9440 Open M-Sat 10-8 Sun 10-6
* Hearts of Mt. Shasta Inc. 408 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Mt. Shasta (530) 926-MEDS(6337) Open Sun-Thurs 9-6, Fri/Sat 9-8.
* 530 Collective 1550 Locust Ave. Shasta Lake City (530) 275-0420 Open Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat/Sun 10-6 collective530@yahoo.com
* Mother Earth Medicine 780 Antelope Blvd. Red Bluff (530) 529-3030 Open M-F 8-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6 memeds@ymail.com
* Red Bluff Patient Collective 22818 Antelope Blvd. Red Bluff (530) 527-4500 Open Mon-Sat 9-6 redbluffpatientcollective@hotmail.com
* Herbs and Edibles 991 Lake Blvd. Redding (530) 246-HERB(4372) Open 11-10 Tues-Sun (by appt. 6am-12pm Tues-Sun)
* Family Tree Care Center 2753 Bechelli Lane Redding (530) 605-3636 Open daily 9-7.
* Northern Patients’ Group 11111 Ryolite Dr. Suite #1 Redding (530) 242-6490 Open M-F 9-7, Sat 10-3, Sun 12-4
* Nature’s Nexus 1647 Hartnell Ave. Suite 21 Redding (530) 222-6700 Open Mon-Sat 11-7 naturesnexus@gmail.com
* See delivery services page.


* Canna Care, 320 Harris Ave #G Sacramento (916) 925-1199 Daily 10-8.
* Marconi Medical Center, 2105 Marconi Ave, Sacramento (916) 565-1943. Open M-Sa 10-7, Su 10-5.
* Doctor’s Orders, 1704 Main Ave, Sacramento (916) 564-2112 Open M-Sa 10-6, Su 10-3.
* Nor Cal Alternative Healing, 515 Broadway, Sacramento (916) 448-3590. Open M-Sa 10-7.
* Sacramento Healing Center, 2014 10th St, Sacramento (916) 930-0939. Open 10am-10pm M-Sa, 12-5pm Sun.
* Hugs Alternative Care, 2035 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento (916) 452-3699. Open 10-7.
* Mendomeds, 277 Arden Way, Sacramento organic (916) 349-8873 or (916) 349-8263. Open M-Sa 10-8, Su 10-5. mendomeds@hotmail.com
* 12 Hour Care Collective, 6666-C Fruitridge Blvd. Sacramento (916) 386-9727. Open daily noon-8pm.
* El Camino Wellness Center Collective, 2511 Connie Dr, Ste. 200 Sacramento (916)473-2427. Open 10:30-7 M-Sa, 1-6 Su. elcaminowellnesscenter@gmail.com
* Horizon Non-Profit Collective, 3600 Power Inn Road 1A, Sacramento (916) 455-1931.
* Unity Non Profit Collective, 1832 Tribute Rd. Suite E Sacramento (916) 564-1824 Open M-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5.
* Green Solutions, 1404 28th Street, Sacramento (916) 706-3568. Open daily 10-7.
* P Street Health Care Cooperative, 2012 P. Street Sacramento (916) 930-1920 Open M-F 10-6, Sat/Sun 11-6.
* Fruitridge Health and Wellness Center (FHWC) 2831 Fruitridge Rd Suite E Sacramento 916-706-3806 Open daily 11-6
* Capitol Wellness Collective, 2100 29th St. Sacramento (916) 739-1471 Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
* A Therapeutic Alternative 3015 H. Street Sacramento (916) 400-3095 Open M-F 10-7, Sat 10-6. atherapeuticalternative@yahoo.com
* South Sacramento Care Center 114A Otto Circle Sacramento (916) 393-1820 Open daily 9-7.
* EBHS Collective of Sacramento 2201 Northgate Blvd. Suite H Sacramento (916) 564-6625 Open Mon-Sat 10-6
* Valley Health Options 1421 Auburn Blvd. Sacramento (916) 779-0715 Open Tues-Sat 10-6.
* Sacramento Health Center 2208 29th St. Sacramento (916) 451-4590 Open Mon-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-4.
* Americann Collectives Dispensary 1855 Diesel Drive Suite #1 Sacramento (916) 927-0237 Open Sun-Thurs. 8:30-8:30; Fri-Sat.8:30-10 Discount for veterans and low income
* King’s Flower Shop 4099 Bridge St. Fair Oaks (916) 966-2838 Open Mon-Sat 12-7 and Sun 12-5 kingsflowershop@gmail.com
* California Naturopathic Agricultural Assn. (CNAA) 2150 Bell Ave. Suite #130 Sacramento (916) 333-4622 Open Mon-Thur 10:30-7, Fri/Sat 10:30-8.
* Grass 4381 Gateway Park Blvd. Suite 560 Sacramento (916) 419-6322 Open Mon-Sat 10-7. info@215grass.com
* Sara Jane & Co Cooperative Inc. 908 21st St. Sacramento (916) 446-8985 Open Tues-Sat 11-7
* Northstar Holistic Collective 1236 C St. Sacramento (916) 476-4344 Open M-Sa 10-7, Su 11-4
* See delivery services page

East Bay


* Berkeley Patients’ Group 2747 San Pablo Ave (510) 540-6013 Open daily 9-8.
* Berkeley Patients’ Care Collective 2590 Telegraph Ave (510) 540-7878

Contra Costa Co.

# 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center, 3288 Pierce St. Suite # M108 (Inside Pacific East Mall) Richmond (510) 527-STARS
# East Bay Patients Association, 3223 Pierce St. Richmond (510) 527-0420
# Granddaddypurp Collective (GDP) 2924 Hilltop Mall Rd. San Pablo (510) 243-7575 Open M-F 11-7, Sa/Su 11-6
# C3 Collective 1291 Oakland Blvd. Walnut Creek (925) 954-7022 Open M-F Noon-7pm

Alameda County – Hayward/Tri-Valley

* We Are Hemp (San Lorenzo) 913 East Lewelling Blvd (510) 276-2628 M-Sa 11-7.
* Purple Elephant Non-profit Collective Inc., 1537 Webster St. Suite B (upstairs) Alameda (510) 995-8530 Open daily 11a.m.-7p.m.
* See delivery services page


* Official city ID cards & patient info available at the Patient ID Center/Coop Store1733 Broadway (510) 832-5346

City Licensed Clubs
* Coffee Shop Blue Sky, 377 17th St. (510) 251-0690. Open M-F 9 – 8; Sa 10- 8, Su 10 – 6
* Oakland Patient Center (formerly CARE), 705 Broadway (510) 893-0891 Open M-Sa 9-7, Su 10-5. Specializes in high-grade
* Purple Heart Center, 415 Fourth. St. (Jack London Sq) (510) 625-7877. M-Sa 9-8, Su 10-7.
* Harborside Health Center 1840 Embarcadero (510) 533-0147 Open 11-8 daily.

San Francisco

Listings and reviews of SF Cannabis Clubs

* SF Medical Cannabis Clinic #1, 122 Tenth St (at Mission) 415-626-4781 Open M-W 11-7; Th – Sa 10-7; Su 11-6.
* The Vapor Room Cooperative 607A Haight St. Open daily 11-8:30
* The Patient Place, 4811 Geary Blvd 415-386-4367.
* Love Shack 502 14th St. at Guerrero (415) 552-5121
* Ketama Cooperative, 14 Valencia St. (between Market and McCoppin) (415) 861-2451. Open daily 10-10.
* Green Door 843 Howard St. (415) 541-9590 Open Sun-Thu 10-8, Fri/Sat 10-10
* Alternative Relief Co-Op 1944 Ocean Ave.(415) 239-4766 natural herbs & tea (noon – 7 pm M-Sat). Deliveries to in-patients in SF hospitals.
* Market Street Cooperative 1884 Market St. (415) 864-6686
* Sweetleaf Collective (415) 273-4663 – For low-income AIDS, cancer patients
* The Hopenet Coop, 223 Ninth St. (415) 863-4399 Open M-F 12-7, Sa 12-5.
* The Divinity Tree, 958 Geary St. (415) 614-9194 Open M-Sa 10-7; Su 11-6.
* Mr. Nice Guy, 174 Valencia St. (415) 865-0990 Open 10-10 Su -Th; 10-midnight F-Sa.
* Emmalyn’s 211 12th St. (415) 861-1000 Daily 10-8.
* Good Fellows Smoke Shop & Medical Cannabis Dispensary, 473 Haight St. (415) 255-1323 Open Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 10-8.
* Sanctuary, 669 O’Farrell (415) 885-4420
* Grass Roots Clinic, 1077 Post St. (415) 346-4338 Open 10-7 M-Sa, 10-5 Su.
* 208 Valencia St. (at Duboce, inside Cafe) 415-621-0131. Open M- Sa 8am -10 pm, Su 8- 8.
* BASA Collective: 1326 Grove Street (no phone). Open M-Sa 9am-10pm, Su 9-9.
* Nor-Cal, 1545 Ocean Ave. (415) 469-7700
* Bernal Heights Co-op Dispensary, 33 29th St. (415) 642-5895
* See delivery services page

Marin – North Bay

* Marin Alliance for Medical MJ, Fairfax (415) 256-9328
* North Bay Alternative Healing, 40 B Tennessee St. Vallejo Open Mon-Sat 10:30 – 7:30, Sun Noon – 7:30.
* Apela Collective, 469 Entrada Drive Novato (415) 234-6957 Open Sun-Weds 11-8, Fri/Sat 11-9.
* Going Green 402 Tamal Plaza Corte Madera (415) 891-8552 Open M-Sa 10am-7pm, Sun 12-7
* Caregiver Compassion Group 495 Gate 5 Rd. Sausalito (888) 542-7303 or (707) 542-7303 Open M-F 11:30-6:30, Sat 12-5 ccg420@att.net Requires signed doctor’s recommendation
* Stan the Man’s Collective 1235 Warren Ave. Vallejo (707) 557-5433 Open Mon-Sat 11-4
* See delivery services page.

South Bay & Peninsula

* My Green Heaven Ministry, Millbrae (Information Only.)
* Universal Healthcare Cooperative Corp. 171 – 5th Ave #107, Redwood City Open 11-6 M-F
* Blue Heaven, 3149 Middlefield Rd Redwood City (650) 361-8009. Open M-Sa 10-8
Su 10-4.
* Evolution 6116 Highway 9 Felton (650) 537-6256
* California Patients Cooperative 2860 Spring Street Suite 1 Redwood City (650) 771-1514 Open Mon-Sat 10-7, closed every third Sat.
* Blue Heaven Coastside 2305 Carlos St, Suite A, Moss Beach (650) 728-7003 Open M-Sa 10-7, Su 10-4.
* SJCBC, LLC 373 S. Monroe St. Suite 202 San Jose (408) 247-0400 Open Tues-Fri 11-7, Sat 11-6
* See delivery services page.

Santa Cruz

* Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical MJ (WAMM) (831)425-0580 (NOT a dispensary, but a collective for seriously ill Santa Cruz patients in hospice care)
* Greenway Compassionate Relief, 140 Dubois St #D (831) 420-1640 Open 11-6 M-F, 10-6 Sa.
* Santa Cruz Patients Collective – specializing in high-grade organic – 115 Limekiln St (831) 425-SCPC Open M-F 11-7; Sa 10-7.
* The Hemporium, a Santa Cruz Mountain Collective. By appointment ONLY. (831) 295-9381 Closed Sundays.
* Fresh Choice Collective Santa Cruz freshchoicecollective@gmail.com
* See delivery services page

Central Valley South

*On October 9, 2009, nine medical marijuana dispensaries in Fresno were ordered shut down by a Fresno County Superior Court judge acting in a series of lawsuits brought by the city. Read more.

* Tulare Alternative Relief, 219 North M St. #106, Tulare (559) 688-2001. Open M,Tu, F 10-6; W-Th 10-4:30.
* Earth Meds, 360 S. Burnett, Tipton/Tulare (559) 752-0420 Open M-F: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm; SA: 11:00 – 4:00.
* American Caregivers Facility, 15492 E. Mineral King Visalia (559) 635-0420. M-F 9-7, Sa 10-6, Su 9-1.
* MMAD (Medicinal MJ Awareness & Defense), 31910 Road 160, Visalia (559) 627-6623. By appointment only.
* Tulare’s Alternative Healthcare 260 N. L St. Tulare (559) 688-4420. Open 11-8.
* MEDMAR Clinic Dispensing Collective 210 East Olive Fresno* (559) 442-8420 Open Mon-Sat 12-6 medmarclinic@att.net
* Golden State Cooperative 1703 27th St. Bakersfield (661) 321-0900
* Kern River Collective 423 North Chester Ave. Bakersfield (661) 679-7994 Open Mon-Sat 11-8. kernrivercollective@yahoo.com
* Sierra Natural Healing Collective 5030 West Shaw Ave. Fresno* Open Tue-Sun 12-7.
* Bakersfield Collective 3980 Saco Rd Ste F Bakersfield (661) 393-0786 Open Mon-Sat 11-6
* Kern County Medical Collective Inc. (K.C.M.C.) 3600 Pegasus Dr. #2 Bakersfield (661) 391-8888 Open Mon-Sat 10-9. kerncountymedicinalcollective@gmail.com
* California Herbal Relief Center 609-B E. Olive Ave. Fresno* (559) 237-7171 Open Mon-Thur 10-7, Fri/Sat 10-8 californiaherbalrelief@gmail.com
* CNAA 1021 N. Abby St. Fresno* (559) 478-9765 Open M-S 10:30-7:00, Sun 12-5 cnaa.fresno@gmail.com
* Central Valley Collective 6463 N. Blackstone Ave. Fresno* (559) 431-1100 Open Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun appt. only info@centralvalleycollective.com
* Chronically Inclined Tehachapi call for location (661) 972-0843 chronicallyinclined@live.com
* Hezekiah Incorporated 12420 Jomani Drive #B Bakersfield (661) 589-7411 Open Mon-Sat 10-10 hezekiahincorp@gmail.com
* Earth Source 2815 N. Blackstone Fresno* (559) 221-9900.
* The Healing Collective Kings, Tulare and Fresno Counties Open Mon-Fri
* See delivery services page

Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Ventura

* Santa Barbara Patients’ Group, 3128 State St. (805) 845-5245. Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 12-6.
* Hortipharm Caregivers, 3516 State St., Santa Barbara (805) 563-2802. Open 10-9 daily.
* Alternative Medicine Collective, 100 East Haley St. Santa Barbara (805) 966-0044 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6.
* Helping Hands Wellness Center 4141 State St. Suite F-4 Santa Barbara (805) 683-3580 Open daily 10-8.
* Compassion Center of Santa Barbara County 2915 De La Vina St. Santa Barbara (805) 682-3000 Open daily 11-7
* Santa Barbara Care Center 5814 Gaviota St. Santa Barbara (805) 845-4291 Open daily 11-8.
* See delivery services page.

Los Angeles Area – Downtown & West -W. Hollywood – Valley – East LA – S Bay/Long Beach

The Los Angeles County Medical Marijuana ID Program (MMIP) is now scheduling appointments for state ID cards at 1-866-621-2204.

Private ID cards available through Los Angeles Patient ID Center 470 S. San Vicente, LA (323) 852-1039. Open M-F 10-6; Sa 10-5.

Downtown & West LA

* The Holistic Caregivers, 1321 E. Compton Blvd, Compton (310) 629-4386; for deliveries phone (310) 764-4740. Open M-Th 9am-8pm; Fr-Sa 9-9; Su 11-5.
* Northeast Collective Group, 4515 York Blvd., Eagle Rock /Los Angeles (323) 255-2526.
* Eagle Rock Herbal Collective, 4729 Eagle Rock Blvd, Eagle Rock/Los Angeles. (323) 257-4420. Open M-Sa 11-9, Su 11-6.
* Highland Park Patient Collective, 5716 N. Figueroa Ave, Highland Park (626) 610-3145 Open 10-10 daily. mygreenmeds.com
* T.H.C. Vermont , 14102 S. Vermont Blvd, Gardena (310) 527-4341. Open M-Th 10am – 7pm, F-Sa 10-8, Su 11-5.
* Inglewood Wellness Center 318 S. Market St. Inglewood (310) 674-4444
* Green Sun Collective, 5593 W. Manchester Ave. Los Angeles – also deliveries (310) 338-1394. Open Daily 11am-12 Midnight
* Arts District Healing Center, 620 E. 1st St. Los Angeles (213) 687-9981 Open M-Sa 11am -10 pm.
* “@ Downtown” Wellness Center, 423 W. Venice Blvd. Los Angeles 213-746-3355. Tues-Sat 11-7 Sun 11-6.
* Downtown Collective, 1600 S. Hill St. #D, Los Angeles (213) 746-5420 Open Tu – Sa 11-8, Su 12-5.
* KUSH Collective, 1111 S. La Brea Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 938-KUSH Open 11-11 M-Sa.
* La Brea Collective, 812 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles (323) 939-3374. Open 12pm -12 am dailly.
* Apothecary 420, 330 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles (323) 836-0420.
* Hollywood Holistic, 1543 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 481-0660, Open 12-7 M-Sa.
* Crenshaw Holistic Caregivers, 4427 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 291-5420. Open 10-7 M-Th, 10-8 Fr & Sa, 11-5 Sun.
* Canna Care Relief, 1716 S. Sepulveda Blvd #105, Los Angeles (310) 473-4105 Open M-Th 11-8, Fr/Sa 11-9, Sun 12-6.
* Purple Heart Compassionate, 5823 B West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 938-8880 Open 11-7 daily.
* The Natural Way of L.A., 5817 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 936-4300. Open M-Sa 10-8, Su 11-6.
* Herbalcure Cooperative 11318 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles 310.312.5215/ 866.LOVE.420 Open M-Sa 12-8, Su 12-7.
* City Compassionate Caregivers 606 E. 4th St., Los Angeles (213) 617-0447. Open 10-8 daily.
* Higher Path Holistic Care Los Angeles 1302 W Sunset Blvd (213) 484-1001 or (213) 977-0907 or (866) 420-PATH. Open 12-10 daily.
* Liberty Bell Temple, 2823 Hyperion Ave, Silverlake (323) 663-2420 Open M-Sa 11-10, Su 12-7.
* Purelife Alternative Wellness Center 1649 So. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 246-9345
* Herbal Remedies Caregivers, 5204 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles (323) 913-0931
* Heaven on Earth Healing, 4517 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 661-8894. Open Su-Th 10-8, F-Sa 10am-12am.
* Downtown Patients’ Group (DTPG), 1753 S. Hill St. #8, Los Angeles (213) 747-3386 Open Mon-Thurs 11-8, Fri/Sat 11-9, Sun 11-6.
* Green Earth Collective, 5045 York Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 982-9042
* NHI Caregivers 5065 Hollywood Blvd #201, Los Angeles (323) 665-2499
* Korea Town Collective, 3567 W. 3rd St, Los Angeles (213) 384-2403. Open M-Sa 11-10, Su 12-10.
* Euphoric Caregivers, 1155 N. Vermont #202, Los Angeles (323) 664-9900. Daily 11-7.
* California Patients Alliance, 8271 Melrose #102, Los Angeles (323) 655-1735 californiapatientsalliance@gmail.com
* Living Earth Wellness Center, 4207 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 936-5000. Open 12-8 daily.
* Culver City Collective, 10887 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 838-5888. Open Sun-Thurs 11:30-8 daily.
* Cali’s Finest Compassionate Co-op, 8540 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 838-5800 Open daily 10-10.
* Robertson Caregivers Beverlywood, 2515 S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles (310) 837-7279. Open M-Sa 11-9, Su 11-7.
* The Healing Touch, 4430 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, (323) 644-7300 Open M-Sa 11-8, Su 12-6
* Hazelwood Patients Collective 4619 1/2 York Blvd. Los Angeles (323) 542-9140 Open Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 12-8.
* Hyperion Healing, 1913 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles (323) 953-1913 Hours: Su, M, We, Th 12-7; Fr-Sa 12-8. Closed Tues.
* Herbal Healing Center (HHC) Co-Op 1051 S. Fairfax Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 934-4314. Hours M-Th 10-8, F-Sa 10-9, Su 12-6.
* Soto Street Collective, 1260 S. Soto #1, Los Angeles (323) 262-8288. Open 11:30-8 daily.
* Medical Caregivers Association 4344 Eagle Rock – also deliveries – Eagle Rock (323) 551-5874. Open 11-8 M-Sa.
* Los Angeles Cannabis Club, 5072 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles (323) 937-7706. Open Daily 11am-12Midnight – also Deliveries
* Hollywood Patients’ Collective (Kush Mart), 6410 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood (323) 664-1100. Open 10am -11pm daily.
* http://www.hollywoodcollective.com. M-F 11-7; Sa 12 -8 pm; Su 12-6pm.
* Canto Diem 5419 Sunset Blvd. #5, Hollywood (323) 465-4420 Open M-We 12-8; Th-Sa 12-9; Su by appointment only.
* Hollyweed 1607 N. El Centro #24 (upstairs) Hollywood (323) 469-9073. Open 11-9 daily.
* City of Angels Wellness Center 6435 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (323) 466-2295. Open M-Sa 11-9. Su 12-9.
* Eden Therapy Caregivers, 6757 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood (323) 463-8937. Daily Noon-10pm.
* Sunset Holistic 4477 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 200 Hollywood (323) 668-0402. Daily 11-9.
* SouthWest Caregivers, 4614 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 660-3776. Open Mon-Wed 11-9, Thurs-Sat 11-midnight, Sun 12-9.
* PCH Collective 22609 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu (310) 456-0666 Open M-Sa 11-8, Su 12-6
* Green Angel of Malibu 21355 Pacific Coast Hwy #100 Malibu (310) 317-6298 Open Su-Th 11-8; Fr & Sa 11-9
* Marina Caregivers, 730 Washington Blvd. Marina Del Rey (310) 574-4000. Open M-F 11 am – 11pm; Sa 12-10; Su 12-8.
* Organica Collective, 13456 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey (310) 578-2945. Open 11-11 daily. ORGANICA
* Beach Center Collective, 310 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey (310) 821-4420. Open Su-Tu 11-7, We-Sa 11-8.
* California Alternative Caregivers 122 S. Lincoln Blvd #204 Venice (877) 219-3809 Open M-Sa 12-8, Sun 12-7.
* Supplemental Organic Solutions, Inc., 2501 Lincoln Blvd. Venice (310)-450-9141 Open 11-7 daily.
* Ironworks Collective, 4100 Lincoln Blvd Venice/Marina (310) 305-8425 Open 10-9 M-Sa; 11-6 Su.
* Venice Beach Care Center, 410 Lincoln Blvd, Venice (310) 399-4307 Open M-Th 12-8, F-Sa 11-10, Su 11-7.
* NILE Collective, 1501 Pacific Ave, Venice (310) 392-9900. Open 11-7 daily.
* B. Green, 10835 Santa Monica Blvd #204A Los Angeles/Westwood 310-234-6634. Open 11-10 daily.
* Crescent Alliance for Sickle-Cell / Nigritian Kief Society Los Angeles (323) 232-0935
* Western Caregivers Group Collective 467 N.Western Ave Los Angeles 323-464-5571 Mon-Sat 12-9
* The Farmacy Venice, 1509 Abbot Kinney Venice (310) 392-3890 M-W 11-9, Th-Sat 11-10, Sun 12-7.
* The Farmacy Westwood, 1035 Gayley Ave. Westwood (310) 208-0820 M-Sat. 12-8.
* Melrose Holistic, 4901 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles (323) 466-0036 Open Mon-Sat 10-8
* Universal Caregivers Center, 4157 Eagle Rock Boulevard Suite 4 Los Angeles (866) 975-7215. Open Mon – Sun 10 AM – 8 PM
* Olive Tree, 645 S. Olive St. Los Angeles also Downtown deliveries (213) 909-7315, Mon-Sat 10am-7pm.
* Grateful Meds, 744 N. La Brea Los Angeles 323-939-9111.
* California Caregivers Alliance (CCA), 2815 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles (213) 353-0100 ww.420kush.com
* Melrose Meds 7353 Melrose Ave Los Angeles Open 10 am-8pm daily melrosemeds@yahoo.com
* Bull Dog Cafe Collective (BCC) 6105 Melrose Ave Los Angeles (323) 962-2003 Open daily 11AM-10PM
* The Green Easy (T.G.E.) 7948 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles (877) 321-KUSH(5874) Open daily 9am-11pm
* Better Alternative Treatment 7353 Melrose Los Angeles
* LAX Patient RemeBlue Skydies 5300 West Century Suite 124 Los Angeles (310) 645-133
* California Herbal Healing Center (CHHC), 1437 N. La Brea Hollywood (877) 420-KUSH(5874) Open daily 11-11.
* Blue Sky, 5302 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles (323) 406-4732 / (323) 871-0046
* Hollywood THC 5322 Sunset Los Angeles (323) 465-9513 Open 10AM-2AM
* Keep It Medical, 3322 Barham Boulevard Los Angeles (323) 851-0204 Mon-Sun 11 AM – 9 PM
* Farmacopeia Organica, 468 South Robertson Los Angeles (424) 354-1700
* Slauson Leaves, 4435 West Slauson Ave. Unit B Los Angeles 323-298-2047 or 323-952-3126. Open M-Sat. 12noon-9pm slausonleaves@yahoo.com
* Westwood Caregivers, 10966 Le Conte Ave. Los Angeles (310) 209-3333 Open daily 11 AM – 2AM.
* Canna Health Caregivers Los Angeles (323) 743-8070 Open daily 10 AM – 10 PM cannahealthcaregivers@gmail.com
* Rainforest Collective 12515 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles (310) 391-0011 Open M-Sat 10 AM -10 PM Sun 12 PM -10 PM.
* Pain Releaf Discount Collectives 1359 S. Redondo Blvd. Los Angeles (323) 935-0383 Open Mon-Sat 12-8 painreleafdc@yahoo.com
* Gourmet Green Room Venice 736 Lincoln Blvd. Venice (310) 581-0600
Open daily 11am-2am
* American Eagle Collective 2501 Colorado Bl. #B Eagle Rock (323) 739-0215 Open M-F 9-9, Sat/Sun 11-7.
* Vermont Herbal Center 955 S. Vermont Ave. #T Los Angeles (213) 387-5203 Open Daily 10am – 10pm
* LA OG Collective 7350 Melrose Ave (corner of Fuller) Hollywood (323) 782-9859 laogcollective@gmail.com Open daily 10:30 am – 8:00 pm
* California Collective Association – CCA-WEST LA, 952 Gayley Ave. Los Angeles (310) 443 – 2100. Open Mon-Fri 11-9pm, Sat & Sun 12-8pm
* Pico & Barrington Collective 11727 W. Pico Blvd. West Los Angeles (310) 473-5522 pnbcollective@gmail.com
* Amazing Healing Supply 31194 La Baya Dr. #207 Westlake Village (888) RELEAF-1 (735-3231)
* Natural Remedies Service 76 Market St. Venice (310) 450-4420 Open daily 11-9
* Kelly’s Collective 8638 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles (310) 854-5874 Open Mon-Sat 10-10, Sun 12-6.
* Healers on Third 311 1/2 S. Sweetzer Ave. Los Angeles (323) 951-9612 Open daily 11-10.
* Wilshire Healing 11906 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles (310) 478-6655 Open M-F 11-11; Sat/Sun 11-10.
* Pico Collective, 1355 South Genesee Ave. Los Angeles (323) 658-1303 Open daily 10-9. Wheelchair accessible. info@picocollective.com
* Hot Box Collective 143 N. Western Ave Los Angeles (323) 460-6410 Open Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri/Sat 11-11.
* Go Green Bear 106 E 17th St #11 Los Angeles (213) 747-7397 Open daily 11-8.
* Hollywood Caregivers 711 N. Virgil Ave. Los Angeles (323) 669-9333 Open Mon-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri/Sat 10am-12am, Sun 12 pm-10pm
* Organic Healing Center 1733 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock (323) 257-7200 Open M-F 11-10, Sat/Sun 11-7
* The Hummingbird Collective 5029 York Blvd. Suite A Los Angeles (323) 255-MEDS Open Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri/Sat 11-11. thehummingbirdcollective@live.com
* SMC (Santa Monica Collective) 11957 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite #101 Los Angeles (310) 473-8444 Open daily 11-11. info@santamonicacare.com
* Green Goddess Collective 70 Windward Ave. Venice (310) 396-7770 Open daily 12-9 greendotmedicine@mac.com
* Therapeutic Recovery Collective 608 N. Hoover St. Silverlake (323) 665-5006 therapeuticrecovery@gmail.com
* Northeast Collective 120 S. Avenue 64 Los Angeles (323) 256-4000 Open daily 10-8.
* Therapeutic Recovery Collective 608 N. Hoover St. Silverlake (323) 665-5006 Open M-F 10:30-8; Sat/Sun 12-4 therapeuticrecovery@gmail.com
* Hezekiah Incorporated 6051 Hollywood Blvd. #202 Hollywood (323) 467-6484 Open Mon-Sat 10-10 hezekiahincorp@gmail.com
* Medco Organics 326 N. Vermont Los Angeles (323) 660-9930 Open Mon-Thu 10-9, Sat 10-10, Sun 11-8 medco.organics@yahoo.com
* Kaya Compassion Center 9146 S. Sepulveda Westchester (310) 338-0352 Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6
* Herbal Solutions 735 N. La Brea, Los Angeles (323) 933-HERB(4372) or 888-993-HERB(4372) Open daily 10-8. *We are now offering laboratory safety testing
* Herbal Solutions 8830 Imperial Hwy. Downey (562) 904-8800 or 888-993-HERB(4372) Open daily 10-8. *We are now offering laboratory safety testing
* Tai-Ma Remedies 1861 S. Bundy Dr. #100 Los Angeles (310) 207-9420 OPen M-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-8.
* Beach House Collective 904 Pacific Ave. Venice (310) 310-2375 Open 12-8 daily.
* Gardena Compassionate Caregivers 534 West 182nd St. Gardena (310) 817-7777 Open daily 11-9
* The Organic Pharmacy (TOP) 11607 Washington Pl. Los Angeles (310) 915-1595 Open daily 10-10
* Melrose Compassion Center 654 N. Manhattan Pl. Los Angeles Open Mon-Sat 11-9, Sun 12-5
* Absolute Healing Collective 1800 N. Broadway Los Angeles (323) 223-3343 Open Mon-Sat 10-7
* See delivery services page

West Hollywood

* LA Patients and Caregivers Group – 7213 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood (at Formosa) (323) 882-6033 Home – Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group
* AHHS (Alternative Herbal Health Services) 7828 Santa Monica (@ Fairfax) West Hollywood (323) 654-8792 call for hours.
* The Farmacy 7825 Santa Monica Blvd (323) 848-7981 M-Sat 10-8; Su 12-7.
* Zen Healing Collective, 8464 Santa Monica Blvd, W. Hollywood (323) 656-6611. Open M-Sa 12-8, Su 12-7.
* The Sunset Super Shop 8921 W. Sunset Blvd. W. Hollywood (310) 728-6200 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 12-7.
* Medimar 404 W. 7th St. Ste 1406 Los Angeles (877) 627-1644
* See delivery services page

San Fernando Valley

* Valley Patients Group, 8953 Woodman Ave #101 Arleta (818)332-0736 Open M-Th 12:00-8:00p.m Friday 10:00-9:00,Sat-Sun 8:00a.m-8:00p.m
* Arleta Herbal Center, 8942 Woodman Ave. #B2, Arleta (818) 894-HERB (4372) Open 11-9 daily.
* D.E.C. Medical, 6309 Van Nuys Blvd #203, Van Nuys (new address as of 9/1/08). Open 10-9 daily.
* Herbal Solutions Collective, 22728 Ventura Blvd #A Woodland Hills (818) 704-1300 Open M-Th 11-8; F-Sa 11-9; Su 12-7.
* Platinum Club, 21220 Devonshire St. #203, Chatsworth (818) 998-CLUB(2582). Open daily 10-9.
* Alleviations, 15720 Ventura Blvd Suite 302 Encino (818) 788-1001 Open M-Sa 11-10, Su 12-10.
* Kind Meds Collective Care, 17049 Ventura Blvd (back), Encino (818) 783-2768. Open 11-8 daily.
* Golden State Collective, 10369 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills , 818-357-2500 Open 11-10 M-Th, 11-11 F-Sa, 12-8 Su.
* Divine Wellness Center, 5056 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood 818-508-9948.
* Valley Holistic Caregivers, 7200 Vineland #205 Sun Valley (818) 255-5511. Open 11-8 daily.
* Cannamed of Northridge, 9349 Melvin Ave. #9 (818) 882-4849 – 10 am -7 pm M-Sa.
* Nature’s Natural Collective Care, 6951 Reseda Blvd, Reseda (818) 344-1102.
* Reseda Discount Caregivers, 6102 Reseda Blvd, Reseda (818) 757-0434. Open daily 10-9.
* Los Angeles Valley Caregivers,6657 Reseda Blvd #202, Reseda (818) 654-9731
Open M-Sa 11-8, Su 12-7
* Greenhouse Herbs, 5156 Sepulveda Blvd. – upstairs (sorry, no elevator) Sherman Oaks (818) 386-1343 Open Mon-Sat 11-8
* Valley Independent Pharmacy, 13650 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks (818) 345-5477 Open M-F 11-10, Sa 12-10, Su 12-9.
* Emerald Triangle Ministry, 13321 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks (818) 386-2998. Open M-Sa 11-9, Su 12-7.
* Wellness Caregivers, 14429 Ventura Blvd 2nd Floor #111, Sherman Oaks (818) 981-4781. Open M-Sa 11-8.
* Studio City Caregivers, 3625 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 850-1847. Open Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 12-5.
* Green Aid Pharmacy, 3441 W. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 436-0259.
* California Organic Treatment Center, 11644 Ventura Blvd, Studio City (818) 506-5948. Open 11-8 daily.
* Alternative Medicine Collective, 10964 Ventura Blvd, Studio City (818) 762-5886 Open daily 10-10
* The Wellness Earth Energy Dispensary (W.E.E.D.), 12021 1/2 Ventura Blvd (in rear) Studio City 818 980-2266.
* Compassionate Care of Studio City
* Valley Independent Pharmacy, 19459 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana (818) 345-5477 open 10-7 daily.
* Toluca Lake Collective 11436 Hatteras, N. Hollywood (818) 752-8420 Open 10am – 9pm.
* C.C.C.N. 4720 Vineland, Toluca Lake (818) 980-MEDS(6337) Open 11-9 daily.
* Foothill Awareness Center, 7132 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga 818-352-3388. Open 11-8 daily.
* TLMD Collective 12458 Magnolia Blvd., Valley Village/North Hollywood (818) 761-9581. Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm Sun 1pm-9pm.
* Strain Balboa Caregivers Collective, 7207 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys (818) 908-9900 Open M-Th 11-8, Fri/Sat 10-9, Sun 11-4.
* Delta-9 Caregivers, 7648 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys (818) 997-1003 Open M-Sa 2-8.
* Balboa Caregivers, 16900 Sherman Way #6, Van Nuys (818) 902-0201
* California’s Choice, 6722 White Oak Ave, Van Nuys 818-881-1489. Open 11-7 daily.
* Safe Harbor Patients Collective, 5953 Hazeltine Ave., Suite B (in back), Van Nuys, (818) 902-0015. Open 11-7 Daily.
* The Wilshire Clinic, 6741 Van Nuys Blvd #A, Van Nuys (818) 997-0633. Open 10-8 daily.
* Redmoon, Inc, 14350 Oxnard St, Van Nuys (818) 997-6912 Open M-Sa 10-8, Su 10-6.
* Westside Caregivers Club, 22148 Ventura Blvd. #A, Woodland Hills (818) 887-2106.
* New Age Compassion Care Center, 19720 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills (818) 610-8019. Open Su-Th 12-8, F-Sa 12-10.
* Topanga Caregivers, 6457 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills (818) 716-9200.
* West Valley Caregivers, 23100 Avenue San Luis #153 Woodland Hills (818) 591-5899.
* Our Green Planet Collective, 14624 Victory Blvd. Van Nuys 818-376-8512 Mon-Thurs. 10am to 10pm Fri-Sun 11am to 1am.
* Love & Spirit Co-op, 5651 1/2 Cahuenga Blvd. N. Hollywood (818)753-9200 Open Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM Sat-Sun 11AM-8PM
* Van Nuys Compassionate Caregivers, 7026 Van Nuys Blvd. Van Nuys 818-660-2646 Open M-Sa 10-10, Su 11-8 vncc420med@yahoo.com
* Discount Herb and Health, 12431 San Fernando Road Unit E, Sylmar 818-364-5700. Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6.
* Foothill Green Collective Inc., 6815 Foothill Blvd. Tujunga (818) 353-7999 Open Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-2pm. FoothillGreenCollective@yahoo.com
* Clover Collective, 5658 Sepulveda Blvd. #210 Van Nuys (818) 785-3622 Open daily 10 am-10pm (12am if need be, call ahead).
* SC Inc. 10037 Commerce Ave. Tujunga (818) 273-4567. Open Sun-Thu 10-8, Fri/Sat 10-9.
* Progressive Options, 14545 Friar St #202 Van Nuys (818) 782-4900 Open daily 11:30am – 9:30pm
* A Nature’s Best Organic Solutions, 14545 Friar St. #224, Van Nuys (818) 844-6774. Open 9am-9:30 pm. Delivery service also.
* Suite 215 Collective, 16760 Stagg St. #215 Van Nuys (818) 787-5215 Open 10-9 daily
* C.A.R.E. Collective (California Association for Remedies and Education) 14530 Archwood St. Van Nuys (818) 387-8467. Open Mon – Sat 10-8, Sun 11-5.
* Mother Nature’s Remedy, 17302 Saticoy St. Van Nuys (818) Open Sun-Fri 10-10; Sat 10-5. mothernaturesremedy@mac.com
* Holistic Therapeutic Center 12410 Burbank Blvd. Suite 103 Valley Village (818) 980-5999 Open Sun-Thurs 10 – 8, Fri 10-4
* Panorama Providers 13807 Roscoe Blvd Panorama City (818) 895-4820 Open daily 10-9.
* Sylmar Holistic Collective 12067 Foothill Blvd. #A Sylmar (818) 896-2600 Open daily 10-8.
* Green Moon Healing Center 12737 Glenoaks Blvd Sylmar (818) 367-1397 Open Mon-Sat 9-9.
* Prime Selection Caregivers Collective 6322 Vesper Ave. Van Nuys (818) 367-1160 Open Mon-Sat 12-9; Sun 12-6
* Studio City Private Organic Therapy (SCPOT) 11557 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (818) 506-7144 Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 1-5.
* Mendocino Meds Wellness Center 21502 Sherman Way Canoga Park (818) 340-0003 Open M-Th 10-10, Fri/Sat 10-12am, Sun 12-6
* Sunland Caregivers 7831 Foothill Blvd. Sunland (818) 951-3344 Open daily 11-11. sunlandcaregivers@gmail.com
* Tri Star Caregivers 7211 Owensmouth Ave. Canoga Park (818) 887-TOKE(8653) Open Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat/Sun 11-8 420 tristarcaregivers@yahoo.com
* The Coffee Joint 15826 Ventura Blvd. Suite 116 Encino (818) 788-1835 Open Mon-Sat 10-10, Sun 11-8
* 420 Discount Collective 5616 1/2 Kester Ave Sherman Oaks (818) 904-6797 Open daily 10-10.
* See delivery services page

East Los Angeles Area

* Cal Medical Caregivers Assoc., 15838 Halliburton Rd. Hacienda Heights (626) 336-2652 Open 11-7 daily.
* Apothecary Collective, 5405 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles (323) 222-4420. Open 11-8 daily.
* 420 Grand Caregivers, Inc, 2802 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles (213) 748-1992.
* The Holistic Coop, 2627 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. East Los Angeles (323) 540-6700. Open M-F 11-8, Sa/Su 12-7.
* Colorado Collective, 1121 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles (323) 550-8043. Open Su-Th 11:30-8, F-Sa 11:30-9.
* Natures Cure Patient Collective, 4577 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles (323)225-1815. Open 11:30-8.
* Soto Street Collective, 1260 S. Soto St. #1, Los Angeles (323) 262-8288 Open M-Sa 11-8, Su 11-6.
* South Gate Herbal Healing, South Gate (562) 634-1354.
* A.M.C.C.P., 193 W. Arrow Highway Pomona (626) 332-0505. Open 11-7 daily.
* Downey Wellness Downey (562) 726-8752. Phone for information. Open M-Sa 11-8, Su 11-5.
* Nature’s Remedy 10435 Atlantic Blvd. South Gate (323) 569-9215. Open M-F 11-8, Sa/Su 12-6.
* The Holistic Co-op, 2627 East Cesar Chavez East Los Angeles (323) 540-6700 Open Mon-Fri 11-8 Sat-Sun 12-7.
* California Caregiver Collective, Downey, South Gate, Paramount, Bell (323) 515-3952. Phone for info. Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-5 Delivery service available.
* Starlight Center 15640 Leffingwell Rd Whittier (562) 947-8075 Open daily 11-8. Wheelchair accessible.
* Santa Fe Compassionate Health Center Santa Fe Springs Call to preverify (562) 941-1111. Open Sun-Thu 10-8, Fri/Sat 10-9. Wheelchair accessible.
* AP Natural Solutions 9841 Alburtis Ave. Santa Fe Springs (562) 991-9393 Open M-F 11-9, Sa/Su 12-6.
* M.M.A.C. of Santa Fe Springs 10813 Orr and Day Rd. Santa Fe Springs Open daily 11-7.
* North County Patient Collective Association (NCPCA) 2361 W. Whittier Blvd. La Habra (562) 691-9100
* The East Group 12150 Bloomfield Ave. Unit B Santa Fe Springs (562) 929-8028 Open M-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6
* Discount Collective of Santa Fe Springs 11823 E. Slauson Ave. Unit 29 Santa Fe Springs (562) 945-1450 Open daily 11-8.
* Hot Springs Patient Collective Association Downey (562) 443-8323 Open Mon-Sat 11-7. hotspringsasso@yahoo.com
* Farm Assist Caregivers 21450 Golden Springs Dr. Diamond Bar (909) 468-9200 Open Mon-Sat 11-7 (21 yrs. and older)
* The Eco Group Collective 11938 Washington Blvd. Whittier Call for preverification (562) 945-2403 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6 tegcollective@aol.com
* See delivery services page

Long Beach and South Bay

* 420 Highway Pharmacy, 18710 S. Normandie Ave. #D, Gardena (310) 808-0420. Open M-Sat. 11-9:30, Sun 11-8:30.
* South Bay Collective, 1151 W. Pacific Coast Hwy Ste 4-A, Harbor City, (310) 530-1628. Open 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM daily.
* Herbal Solutions (2nd St.) 5746 E. 2nd St., Long Beach (562) 434-5075 or 888-993-HERB(4372) Open daily 10-8. *We are now offering laboratory safety testing
* 2nd St. Quality Discount Caregivers, 5470 E. 2nd St. Unit B Long Beach (562) 439-0009 Open 10:30-8 daily.
* CCLB, 4010 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach (562) 492-6091. Open M-Sa 10-8, Su 12-6.
* Herbal Discount Center, 1206 E. Wardlow Rd, Long Beach (562) 997-2929. Open 10:30-8 daily.
* Long Beach Organic Caregivers, 851 A Pine Ave, Long Beach (562) 945-2000 Open daily 10-9.
* Southern California Herbal Network, 600 S. Pacific Ave. #104, San Pedro (310) 547-4500. Open M-Sa 11-8; Su 11-6.
* Natural Wellness Caregivers Group, 1111 S. Pacific Ave., San Pedro
(310) 514-9665
* Delta-9 Torrance Herbal Collective, 1321 W. Carson St, Torrance (310) 618-3582. Open M-Th 10-8, F-Sa 10-9, Su 11-6.
* Green Cross, 1658 W. Carson St. #B, Torrance (310) 533-9363 Open 10-8 daily.
* Natures Top Shelf Medicinals, 1530 E. Wardlow Rd. Suite A, Long Beach 562-989-0000. Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm.
* Long Beach Patients Collective (LBPC), 854 Redondo Ave. Long Beach 562-438-4107. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-7:00pm.
* Compassionate Health Center 3751 Anaheim St. Long Beach (562) 985-0494 Open Sun-Thurs. 10-8, Fri. & Sat. 10-9.
* Alternative Herbal Health 3702 E. Anahiem St. Long Beach (562) 597-1199 Open Sun-Thurs 10-8; Fri/Sat 10-9.
* 215 Collective Long Beach Call for location 562-212-4265. Open M-F 11-7, Sat & Sun 11-4
* Alternative Medicine Collective, 5543 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach (562) 612-4637. Open Open Su-Th 10-10, Fri/Sat 10am-11pm We deliver and accept credit cards
* A Soothing Remedy Cooperative 1521 W. Willow St. Long Beach (562) 612-4388 Also Deliveries
* Apothecary’s Assistants Collective 2805 E. Pacific Coast Highway Long Beach (562) 597-9780 Open daily 10-7:30.
* MarijuanaMarket.com 565 Pier Ave. #915 Hermosa Beach (310) 272-9074 Open daily 9-9.
* Long Beach Collective 1734 E. Artesia Blvd. Long Beach (562) 934-2520 longbeachcollective@yahoo.com Open M-Sat 10-7.
* South Bay Wellness Network, 1127 W. Anaheim St., Wilmington (310) 847-6199. Open daily 10-8.
* 1 Love Beach Club, 2767 E. Broadway Long Beach (562) 343-5388 Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 12-5
* PR Collective 136 S. Gaffey St. San Pedro (310) 832-2420 Open daily 11-8.
* One Source Discount Caregivers 5115 Atlantic Ave Suite A Long Beach 562-728-8529 Open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm
* Final Cut Collective 1175 Wardlow Rd. Long Beach (562) 443-7742 Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 12-6 finalcut@live.com ATM on site
* Greenhouse Caregivers 1428 W. Willow St. Long Beach (562) 290-8180 Open daily 10-8.
* The Green Earth Center 3748 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach (562) 989-0300 Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6
* Belmont Shore Natural Care 5375 2nd St. Suite 5 Long Beach (562) 987-0210 Open daily 9:30-8:30.
* 4th & Elm Natural Health Collective 342 E. 4th St. Long Beach (562) 612-3690 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6.
* Cornerstone Health & Wellness 537 W. Willow St. Long Beach (562) 595-7666 Open M-F 8-7, Sat 9-7, Sun 9-1.
* Belmont Shore Natural Care 5375 2nd St. Suite 5 Long Beach (562) 987-0210 Open daily 9:30-8:30
* Herbal Solutions 4311 Carson St. Long Beach (562) 425-8310 or 888-993-HERB(4372) Open daily 10-8 *We are now offering laboratory safety testing
* Herbal Solutions (Wardlow) 1206 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach (562) 997-2929 or 888-993-HERB(4372) Open daily 10-8. *We are now offering laboratory safety testing
* 2200 Collective 2200 Lakewood Blvd. Unit A Long Beach (562) 215-6254 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6
* All Natural Remedies (ANR) Long Beach (562) 490-6999 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-3 allnaturalremedies@verizon.net
* Nature’s Cure Collective 3925 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach (562) 612-1400 Open Mon-Sat 9-8, Sun 10-6
* LBC Hydro Co-op 2616 Magnolia Ave. Long Beach (714) 588-4774 Open daily 12-7
* Artesia Blvd. Collective 2801 E. Artesia Blvd. #A Long Beach (562) 633-8888 Open Mon-Sat 11-9 Sun 11-6
* Calm & Collective 2515 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach Open 10-8 daily calmandcollective562@gmail.com
* See delivery services page

Orange County

* Independent Collective of Orange County (ICOC) 24602 Raymond Way #209 Lake Forest (949) 855-4420 Open daily 11-7.
* OC Collective and 215 Patient Bakery – Call first (714) 758-3500 – Anaheim.
* Orange County Patient Group, 2315 E. 17th St. #4, Santa Ana (714) 547-2525. Open Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat/Sun/Holidays 11-7
* Alternative Medical Caregivers, 13912 Ponderosa St #H, Santa Ana (714) 667-0800 Open 11-7 daily.
* Unit-D / Tangent Retail, 11471 Brookhurst St. #D, Garden Grove (714) 590-9100. Open M-Sa 11-8; Su 12-6.
* Medical Collective of Garden Grove 12882 Western, Garden Grove (714) 408-6862 Wheelchair accessible; walk-in & deliveries. Open daily 9-9. contact@alliwanttodoischangetheworld.com
* Green Shield of California, (714) 257-9561 N. Orange Co. – Open 12-8 daily.
* Dana Point Cooperative, 24662 Del Prado Ave, St. 1A Dana Point (949) 439-8148. Open Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 11-7.
* Northern Lights Church (statewide support group) Laguna Beach (949) 222-4209 northernlightschurch.org or thehealingexchange.org
* Alternative Primary Caregivers Collective. Call for Pre-verification & Address. South OC. (866) 699-2451 / (949) 458-1371. Open 10-8 daily.
* Southern California Caregivers – OC – Please call for address. (949) 243-5638. Hours M-F 10-7, Sa/Su 11-6.
* The Modest House Collective (949) 439-2867
* South County Alternative San Juan Capistrano 888-737-7765 M-F 11-7, Sa/Su 12-5.
* The Point Alternative Care, 34213 S. Pacific Coast Hwy Suite #C, Dana Point (949) 248-5500. Open Mon-Thur 10-7, Fri 10-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6. thepointcare@att.net
* Healthy Living Hospice Center, 1800 E. Garry Ave. #221, Santa Ana (866) 575-5430.
* Orange County Caregivers Collective. South OC. Call for Pre-verification & Address. (949) 370-2480. Open 11-8 daily.
* San Clemente Co-op, So. OC and No. SD counties Call first for verification (949) 573-8753.
* The Variety, 15052 Adams St. Suite A, Midway City (714) 893-1263. Open daily 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.
* CAMM Collective OC and surrounding areas (949) 242-9168 call for preverification and address. cammcollective@gmail.com Open M-S 10-7; Sun 12-6.
* Tranquil Healing Membership Association and Collective Orange County (714) 262-9870 call for verification.
* Omega Healthcare Collective Santa Ana/Irvine/Costa Mesa (949) 836-4833 or (714) 862-3713 Call for verification and address. Open daily 10-7
* Beach Cities Collective 26841 Calle Hermosa, Suite C Capistrano Beach (949) 481-5046 Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
* Dana Point Safe Harbor Collective South Orange County Call (949) 488-0114 for preverification and directions. Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-7.
* S.A.M.C. 1651 East Edinger Suite 104 Santa Ana 714-547-1373 Open daily 11-7.
* Suite A – Laguna Health South OC and North SD counties Call for Pre-Verification and address – 21 and Over (949) 201-7535
* Lake Forest Community Collective, 24602 Raymond Way, Suite 201, Lake Forest (949) 690-7048 lfcc@att.net Open M-F 11-7, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5.
* The C.A.R.E. Resource Center 14482 Beach Blvd. Suite Z, Westminster (888) 714-MEDS (6337) Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 12-6.
* So Cal Compassion Santa Ana (714) 417-1322 call for preverification and directions Open daily 11-7. socalcompassion@gmail.com
* Lake Forest Alternative Center, 22471 Aspan St Suite 207 (upstairs), Lake Forest (949) 458-2500, Open Mon-Sat 9:30-7. lakeforestalternative@yahoo.com
* Lake Forest Patients Collective 24602 Raymond Way Suite 208 Lake Forest (949) 455-9300 Open Mon-Sat 10-9, Sun 10-3
* The Healing Center Laguna Hills (949) 981-4351 Call for pre-verification and address Open daily 11-8.
* 215 Agenda, 24601 Raymond Way Ste 11, Lake Forest Open daily 10-8.
* GGECO – God’s Green Earth, 26730 Town Centre Dr. Foothill Ranch 1-888-TO-GGECO Open daily 10-8.
* OCOC – Orange Coast Organic Collective Newport/Pacific Coast Highway Also deliveries (949) 612-2848 OCOC@hush.com
* Go N’ Green 1905 E. 17th St #201 Santa Ana (714) 766-0420 info@gngreen.com Open daily 10-9.
* South Coast Patients Center 1202 East 17th St. Suite 200 Santa Ana (714) 547-4800
* DMC, Da Ma Collective Westminster Call for directions (562) 253-5865 Open M-Sa 11-8.
* Green Leaf Health Care, 15131 Weststate St. Suite B, Westminster (714) 890-0088. Open daily 11-8.
* North County Patient Collective Association (NCPCA) 2361 W. Whittier Blvd. La Habra (562) 691-9100
* Compassionate Caregivers of Lake Forest 27 Spectrum Point Drive, Unit 306 Lake Forest (949) 707-5140
* The Artist Collective Lake Forest Please Call for Pre-Verification and Directions (949) 254-7465 Open Mon-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-6. artistcollective@yahoo.com
* AAA Collective 12882 Western, Garden Grove (714) 348-3116 Walk-In & deliveries; wheelchair accessible. Open Daily 9-9 contact@aaamj.com
* Holistic Health 24582 Del Prado Suite G Dana Point (949) 542-7722 Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5
* Santa Ana Patient 1823 E. 17th St. #209 Santa Ana (714) 568-0041 Open Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 11-6.
* OCCC (Orange County Compassionate Caregivers) Call for verification (714) 476-9270 Open daily 11-8.
* West Coast Patient Group Central Orange County (714) 991-0402 (p); (714) 991-0446 (fax) Open Mon-Sat 10-8 ocwcpg@gmail.com
* BCC of CA 23322 Peralta Dr. #3 Laguna Hills (949) 716-2649 Open Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 11-5 info@bcc420.occoxmail.com
* The Beach Quality Collective 7852 Bolsa Ave. Suite A Midway City
(714) 899-KUSH(5874) Open M-S 10-8; Sun 10-6.
* Harbor Patients Association 3619 W. Pendleton Ave. Suite A Santa Ana (714) 540-3500 Open M-F 10-7, Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5 hpa420@yahoo.com
* New Amsterdam 26234 Enterprise Ct. Lake Forest (949) 600-6577 Open 10-7 daily
* Lake Forest Wellness Center & Collective (LFWCC) 24602 Raymond Way Suite 203 Lake Forest (949) 458-3663 Open M-F 9-9, Sat 10-9, Sun 10-7
* Bulzi RX Cooperative 779 W. 19th St Suite N Costa Mesa (949) 459-3770 Open M-Th 11-9, F/Sa 11-10, Su 12-8
* Healing Orange Co 636 E. Katella Ave Orange (714) 633-4206 Open daily 10-8
* Herbal Alternative Therapy 1800 E. McFadden Suite B Santa Ana (714) 617-8250 Open Mon-Sat 11-8.
* O.C.D.C. 7132 Garden Grove Blvd. Unit C Westminster (714) 897-6232 Open daily 10-8 OCDC215@gmail.com
* Full Spectrum Holistic Care 7874 Westminster Ave. Westminster (714) 892-MEDS(6337) Open daily 11-8
* See delivery services page

Riverside – San Bernardino – Imperial

* Palm Springs Community Caregivers, 333 N. Palm Canyon Dr #118, Palm Springs 760-325-9988.
* California Alternative Medicinal Solutions (CAMS), 58967 Business Center Drive, Ste H, Yucca Valley 800-409-7969. Open Mon-Fri 9-7; Sun & Sat 1–6. Medicinal cannabis, Eastern herbs, acupuncture/acupressure, yoga and chiropractic care.
* 420 Cannabis Cafe & Patient Center Riverside (951) 688-7931 (call first). Open Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm, Sun-12pm-6pm.
* C.A.P.S. Collective 4050 Airport Center Dr., Palm Springs (760) 864-8700. Open Sun-Thu 10am to 7pm, Fri 10am to 5pm, closed Sat.
* The Compassionate Collective of California, 555 N. Commercial Drive, #5 Palm Springs (760) 325-CCOC theccoc@gmail.com Open 11am-7pm daily.
* CannaHelp 505A Industrial Place Palm Springs (760) 327-2504
* DGW Ministries Perris (951) 402-9893 Open M-F 8-6
* The Holistic Collective of Palm Springs (THC PS), 2235 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs (760) 778-1848 Open daily 11-7.
* South Coast Patients Collective Association Open daily 8-7 (760) 770-0600 or (760) 449-8397 Please call for verification and address
* Discount Mobile Collective Riverside and San Bernardino Counties Call for verification and address (818) 880-7487. Open daily 9-9. dmcmeds@gmail.com
* Beaumont Patients Collective Association 1140 Beaumont Ave. Unit E Beaumont (951) 797-0927 Open daily 11-7.
* Heaven Sent Herbs 905 Crossley Rd. Palm Springs (760) 699-5705 Open daily 11-7.
* Oak Tree Alternative Care 257 E. 6th St. Suite A Beaumont (951) 845-8500 Open M-Sat 10-10, Sun 12-8. otac420@yahoo.com
* San Bernardino Patients Association 3757 Riverside Dr. Suite B, Chino (909) 614-1901 Open M-S 11-8 Sun 12-7 SBPA215@yahoo.com
* CPR Collective Grand Ave Lake Elsinore (951) 241-0153 Open daily 11-8 cprcollective@aol.com
* Low Desert Patients Association 74350 Alessandro Dr. B-5 Palm Desert (760) 346-1579 Open 10-8 lowdesertpa@gmail.com
* See delivery services page

San Diego – Imperial

For other listings & reviews see HerbFolks.org

* Hope Unlimited Medical Cannabis Support Group San Diego (414) 418-0140 Medical Cannabis Support and Caregiver Referals hopeisunlimited@gmail.com
* 30th Street Patient Collective San Diego (619) 282-6600 Open Mon – Sat 10am to 7pm.
* The Kind Gardeners Collective: Gardening assistance for qualified patients in the San Diego area.
* Hillcrest Compassion Care, 1295 University Ave. San Diego (619) 291-4420 Open Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 12-9. sandiegomedicalmarijuana@live.com
* The Patient Collective – Members Only/Non Profit – For Membership Information call
(619) 272-4261
* Mother Earth Co-op and Collective San Diego Please call for verification (619) 794-4618 Tue – Fri 12-7, Sat 12-4.
* Canna Collective/Pharmacy San Diego (619) 523-1974
* The Organic Nurse, San Diego (800) 419-4810 Free medical marijuana, free doctors recommendations, free home-care nursing visits.
* Suite A – Laguna Health South OC and North SD counties Call for Pre-Verification and address – 21 and Over (949) 249-2570
* Top Quality Collective 7933 Balboa San Diego (619) 820-9869 Open Sun-Thurs 10am – midnight; Fri/Sat 10 am – 2 am.
* Mother Nurture 5029 W. Point Loma Blvd. Ocean Beach (619) 715-4245 Open daily 12-8. (Dogs welcome.)
* Answerdam Rx 6601 Convoy Ct. San Diego (619) 634-3178 Open daily 10-7 to registered patients.
* West Coast Farmacy – Little Italy 2215 Kettner Blvd San Diego (619) 238-3538 Open M-F 7-7, Sat/Sun 10-7.
* Beneficial Care Collective (BCC) 740 Broadway San Diego (619) 702-2110 Open Mon-Sat 11-7
* Members Only Collective 3795-A 30th St. San Diego (619) 906-4295 membersonlycollective@gmail.com Open Mon-Fri 10-10, Sat/Sun 12-9
* Pacific Beach Collective 929A Turquoise Ave San Diego (858) 488-4047
* Nature’s Rx 3520 Ashford St. Suite E San Diego (858) 495-0420 Open M-Sat. 10-10; Sun 12-6
* West Coast Farmacy – College Area 6956 El Cajon Blvd San Diego (619) 465-4217 Open M-F 9-9, Sat/Sun 11-9.
* Herbal Health Options, 9612 Dale Ave. Suite 2 Spring Valley (619) 463-HERB (4372) Open daily 9-9. Herbalhealthoptions@yahoo.com
* Medicinal Solutions Patient Collective Pacific Beach (619) 955-6046.
* San Diego Discount Caregivers 3152 University Ave. San Diego (619) 280-7332
* Alternative Therapy Herbal Center 3251 Fourth Ave. Suite 420 San Diego (619) 866-4574 info@alternativethc.com
* Total Herbal Care Inc., A nonprofit Collective, 4667 1/2 Cass St. Pacific Beach/San Diego (858) 270-4THC (4842) (Parking and Entrance at rear)
* The Green Door Collective 3021 Adams Ave. San Diego (619) 584-BUDS Open Mon-Sat 12-9, Sun 1-6. thegreendoorcollective@gmail.com
* Wisdom Organics 8849 Complex Drive Suite C San Diego (619) 888-4311 Open Mon-Fri10-8, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-6 wisdomorganics420@gmail.com
* The Healing Dragon 2506 S. Santa Fe Ave. #B8 Vista (760) 599-8700 Open Mon-Sat 11-7.
* San Diego Organic Wellness Association 1150 Garnet Ave. San Diego Open Mon-Sat 12-8, Sun 10-6
* Alternative Care Group 3930 Oregon St. Suite 260 San Diego (619) 795-1887 Open daily 10am-11pm.
* Milli’s Collective.org call for pre verification 877-625-6209 North SD county Open daily 11-8.
* San Diego Herbal Alternatives 5830 Oberlin Drive Suite 304 San Diego 858 450 HERB (4372)
Open daily 11-8.
* San Diego Medical Collective (SDMC) 1333 Camino Del Rio South Suite 201B San Diego (619) 298-3500 Open Mon-Sat 12-8.
* The Soul Provider San Diego (619) 226-SOUL (7685)
* So Cal Wellness 1990 S. Santa Fe Vista (760) 509-4800 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun appt only.
* AAA Greens 945 Hornblend Ave. Suite C San Diego (858) 274-0420 Open daily 10-8. aaagreens@gmail.com
* East County Cooperative 7200 Parkway Dr. #101 La Mesa (619) 713-5922 Open M-Sat 11-7. info@eastcountycoop.org
* Downtown Kush Lounge 789 6th Ave. #127 (corner 7th & F) San Diego (619) 255-KUSH(5874) Open Sun-Thu 10-10, Fri/Sat 10am-late downtownkush@gmail.com
* Mother Earth’s Alternative Healing Cooperative 434 E. Mission Rd. Fallbrook (951) 451-9060
* The Helping Cloud 3690 Murphy Canyon Rd. San Diego (619) 807-9637 Open Mon-Sat 12-6
* Nuggetry SD 6334 University Ave. San Diego (619) 286-NUGG(6844) Open 6 days a week 11-8 (closed Tues.) info@nuggetry.com
* Ocean Beach Collective 4852 Voltaire St. Ocean Beach (619) 226-3300 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6.
* Cannabis Creations Wellness Cooperative 2505 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego (858) 356-7967 Open daily 9-9
* The Greenery Caregivers 4672 Park Blvd. San Diego (619) 296-1300 Open Mon-Thu 11-8, Fri/Sat 11-9, Sun 12-4:20 thegreenerycaregivers@gmail.com
* Green Leaf Wellness 1747 Hancock St. Suite B (behind building) San Diego (619) 574-9500 Open Mon-Sat 10-8
* The Gift of Green 1010 Pearl St. #5 La Jolla (858) 371-1987 Open daily 9am-10pm
* California Sun Collective 2230 Fifth Ave. San Diego (619) 696-8843 Open daily 10-10 cscollective@hotmail.com
* The Happy Coop 9625 Black Mountain Rd. San Diego (858) 271-1138 Open daily 10-7
* S.C.P.C.A. 3770 Hancock St. Suite B San Diego (877) 420-7223 ext. 1 Open 9-9, extended hours upon request
* Tree House Club Inc. 3780 Hancock St. “F” San Diego (619) 794-2400 Open Mon-Thurs 10-9, Fri/Sat 10-10, Sun 10-6 treehouseclubsd@gmail.com
* Old Town’s Green Pharm Cooperative 2110 Hancock St. Suite 201 San Diego (619) 220-7100
* The People’s Collective 2869 Adams Ave. San Diego (619) 677-2776 Open 11-7 daily
* See delivery services page



* State registration program, Dept of Health and Social Services 907-465-5423


* State registration program (303) 692-2184 medical.marijuana@state.co.us
* Patients’ info: Sensible Colorado (720) 890-4247 Colorado Springs reasonably priced licensed caregiver services at cannabis_therapeutics@msn.com
* Denver and Northern Colorado reasonably priced licensed caregiver services through Rocky Mountain Caregivers Cooperative rockymtncaregiverscooperative@yahoo.com
* Boulder County Caregivers – located in Boulder (303) 495-2195, bccaregivers@live.com
* Dr Green drgreen@safe-mail.net
* Cannabis Medical Technology (303) 912-2013 By Appointment Only Open 9am to 4pm Cannabis Medical, LLC – Home
* Herbal Solutions 3200 W. 72nd Ave. Ste E. Westminster (303) 428-0420 Patient/doctor referrals and caregiver services
* The Releaf Center 2000 W. 32nd Ave. Denver (393) 458-LEAF Open Mon-Sat 10-6.


* State registration program, Dept. of Public Safety 808-837-8470
* The Hawaiian Cannabis Ministry THC Ministry Hawai`i: Religious Use of Cannabis Sacrament
* Maui Patients Without Time Hawaii – Medical Marijuana and Pahttp://mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=36604tients Without Time, Maui Medical Marijuana Advocates (Closed 11/08.)
* Maui Cannabis Club mauicannabis.com


* Temple of Advanced Enlightenment (207) 949-6627


* Dr Green
* The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF), 2000 Town Center, Ste. 1900 Southfield (503) 281-5100 By appt.


* State registration program (406) 444-5622
* Patients & Families United Helena (406) 863-4833
* Caregivers Montana Livingston
* The Healing Center of Montana

# Under Section 4(8) of the Montana Medical Marijuana Act [Sec. 50-46-201(8), MCA], a registry identification card or its equivalent issued by another state government to permit the medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or to permit a person to assist with a qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana has the same force and effect as a registry identification card issued by the department. (Source.)


* State registration program – Dept of Agriculture, Carson City (775) 688-1180 x0 Jennifer Bartlett
* The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) (702) 202-0249

New Mexico

* State Health Department program
* Dr Green drgreen@safe-mail.net


* State of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) Official State Site
* Voter Power Patient Resource Center 6701 S.E. Foster, Portland, OR 97202 (503) 224-3051
* Southern Oregon Medical Marijuana Network (541) 469-9999
* MAMA (Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse) 2555 State Rd. Mosier, OR 97040 541.298.1031
* Oregon NORML PO Box 86443 Portland, OR 97286 (503) 239.6110
* Central Oregon NORML PO Box 9403 Bend, OR 97708 (541) 536.9252
* Eugene Compassion Center 2055 W. 12th Ave. Eugene, OR 97402 (541) 484.6558
* Contigo-Conmigo 39234 Hwy 99W Monmouth, OR 97361

Rhode Island

* State Program
* Rhode Island Compassion Club.com PO Box 353, Westerly RI 02891: (401) 580-9239
* Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, PO Box 2731, Providence, RI 02906 (support group)
* Dr Green

Washington State

* CannaCare patients’ support group (206) 407-3017
* SeattleGreen Cross (206) 766-8155
* Lifevine Angels Cannabis Collective
* Compassion In Action Patient Network Seattle (206) 766-8155 Open 11-4 Mon-Fri
* Green Buddha Patient Network Greater Seattle Area (206) 297-9640 by appt.


* Club Cannabis 68 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal (514) 521-8764
* Canada deliveries: http://www.MarijuanaHomeDelivery.ca
* Montreal Compassion Club – Club Compassion de Montréal, 4169 Papineau Ave. (514) 523-9961
* Toronto Compassion Centre (416) 668-6337
* Vancouver: British Columbia Compassion Club Society (604) 875-0448
* Victoria: Vancouver Island Compassion Society (250) 381-8427

Cannabis Delivery Services

HempNews makes no representation as to the quality, service, reliability, or compassion of any of the following delivery services. Also see Cannabis Patient Cooperatives and Support Groups.


Northern California

North Coast and Inland
# Chronic Ailment Alleviation Collective Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Sonoma, Trinity (707) 832-8884 delivery.caac@gmail.com Open daily 9-9
# NorCal Organic Herb Marin/Sonoma/Mendo 707-540-5194
# Sonoma Cannabis Caregivers Sonoma County Open 24 hours
# Northstone Organics Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties Farm-direct medicinal and culinary herbs, produce, fruit, eggs and more. (707) 485-8814 NorthstoneOrganics@gmail.com
# Eureka Healing Rainbow Eureka (707) 601-8044 Always open, morning or evening deliveries
# C(CG) Deliveries Sonoma County (707) 703-8421 Open Sun-Thu 9-8, Fri/Sat 10-10
# The Weed’s Center Siskiyou County (530) 261-2768 Open M-F 11-7, Sa/Su 12-5 weedscenter@yahoo.com

Central Valley & Foothills to Redding

* High Flight – Stockton/Tri-Valley area, (209) 346-4489 – 10% discount for cancer patients & the terminally ill
* Purple Remedies, Modesto/Central Valley (209) 735-2130. Open daily.
* Central Valley Caregivers, Modesto (209) 346-8645 CVC420@gmail
* BC Organics Butte county nonprofit collective. Redding to Chico (530) 566-6063 bcorganics@yahoo.com
* California Medical Cannabis Alliance (CMCA) Modesto/Stanislaus County: Caregivers & Advisors (209) 622-5000 calmedcan@gmail.com
* CHARMD N. Sacto Valley, Butte, Sutter, Colusa (530) 846-1210.
* Danny’s Meds Yuba Co By appt. only/Verifiable only dannysmedsonly@yahoo.com Open daily.
* Mr. Purple Skunk Modesto/Tri Valley (209) 922-8845 . Open 9am – 10 pm 7 days.
* Mr. Nice Guyz Central Valley, Modesto, Ceres, Oakdale and surrounding (209) 312-0127. Open Daily 9-9.
* 209 Delivery Service Central Valley; 209 area Manteca, Modesto, Tracy, Stockton (877) 209-8670 greenthumb.deliveryservice@gmail.com Open daily.
* Ancient Remedies Glenn, Tehama, Butte, Shasta (530) 566-4851 Open 11-8.
* We the Best Modesto, Turlock, Ceres (209) 409-9663 Open daily 7-7.
* Organic Roots Butte County and surrounding areas (530) 218-0437 Open Mon-Fri 9-6. 10% discount for cancer patients and terminally ill organic.roots@live.com
* 2154u.com El Dorado, Sacramento, Amador counties (877) 215-4YOU (4968)
* Real Meds Modesto (209) 489-5148 Open 24/7.
* Mary Wanda Deliveries Stockton, Lodi and surrounding areas (209) 256-0270 Open Mon-Sat 8-7 marywanda@sbcglobal.net
* S.O.S. Scripts Only Service Butte County (530) 354-1812 Open Mon-Sat 10-7.
* Tahoe Herbal Care Truckee North & West Shore of Tahoe (530) 563-THCD(8423) Open Mon-Sat 10-6 info@tahoeherbalcare.com
* McDoobies serving (209) area Call for details (209) 872-7225
* Americann Yuba, Sutter, Butte, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties (530) 282-6747 Open Sun-Thurs 8:30-8:30, Fri/Sat 8:30am-10pm americann001@yahoo.com
* High Times Coop (209)area – Modesto, Tracy, Manteca, Stockton (925) 493-1734 Open daily 9-9.
* Med Hut Merced, Modesto, Merced, Turlock and all 209 area (209) 495-2405 Open 24/7.
* Central Valley Caregivers (CVC) Tracy/Stockton (800) 420-4124
* Corinas Mtn. Meds Lake Tahoe South, West, North Shore (530) 318-5857 Open daily 9-7. corinasmtnmeds@gmail.com
* Valley Patients Tri Counties Orland, Chico, Willows (530) 330-9225 Open daily 10-8 valleypatients@live.com
* Nor Cal Compassionate Commune Northern California (530) 246-9002 or (530) 917-6456 Open 24/7. nccc@shastaredding.com
* Napa Solano Yolo Delivery Napa, Solano, Yolo Counties (888) 826-4456 Open M-F 9-7
* Natures 420 Inc. 100-mile radius of Redding (530) 605-0545 Open daily 9-7
* Thompson Delivery Service Butte County Oroville, Chico, Paradise (530) 693-0201 Open Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 9-2 thompson_delivery_service@yahoo.com
* Affordable Butte Cannabis Chico and Surrounding Area (530) 230-7716 Open daily until midnight
* Butte County Medical Cannabis Butte County (530) 321-2429 (530) 321-2429 Open 24/7 mac125@netzero.com
* Affordable Delivery Placer County (530) 308-3323 Open Mon-Sat 9-6 affordabledelivery530@gmail.com
* Shaman Therapeutics El Dorado County & surrounding (916) 605-6534 Open daily 10-10

# Alternative Meds Co-op Sacramento and Yolo counties (530) 405-6872
# End-of-the-Rainbow Sacramento 916-369-6000, 11-6 pm Daily.
# Sacramento/Solano/Central Valley/San Jose/Santa Cruz Growth Unlimited 1-888-MED-CANN, 415-240-1491
# Sam’s – Sacramento area (916) 717-4848. Hours 10-6.
# Organic Wellness Collective Sacramento and Foothills (916) 496-0928 Open 9-6. OrganicWellnessCollective@yahoo.com
# Americann Sacramento (916) 927-0237 Open Sun-Thurs 8:30-8:30, Fri/Sat 8:30am-10pm americann001@yahoo.com
# Turbo Wellness Center Sacramento/Placer/El Dorado/Contra Costa (916) 974-7360 Open 24/7.
# RxPotshop.com Sacramento Open Mon-Sat 9-9

East Bay


Northstone Organics Berkeley and Oakland Farm-direct medicinal and culinary herbs, produce, fruit, eggs and more. (707) 485-8814 NorthstoneOrganics@gmail.com

Alameda County – Hayward/Tri-Valley

* P.O.M.A.H. (Peace of Mind Alternative Healing) Tri-Valley (Livermore, Pleasanton & Dublin) (415) 944-4444. Open daily 11am-11pm.
* HPRC (888) 389-6360 Open daily.
* High Flight Livermore, Sunol, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and surrounding (925) 336-7706 – 10% discount for cancer patients & the terminally ill
* C.P.C. Compassionate Patient Caregivers Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon (925) 395-1836 Open daily 10-midnight. 10% discount for cancer patients and the terminally ill.
* C.P.C. Compassionate Patients Care Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, Sunol, San Ramon and surrounding (925) 395-1837 Open daily 10-midnight. 10% discount for cancer patients and the terminally ill.
* Herbal Health Collective Dublin, Libermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon (916) 459-6123 Open 1-9pm.
* Green Life Compassionate Caregivers Berkeley, Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Livermore Open 11-7 (closed Tue. and Sun.) (888) 421-0893 delivery@greenlifecc.com
* High Times Coop (925)area – Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon (925) 493-1734 Open daily 9-9.
* Natures Remedy To Go Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Antioch, Brentwood and surrounding (925) 812-3818 Open daily 10-10.
* Northstone Organics Alameda County Farm-direct medicinal and culinary herbs, produce, fruit, eggs and more. (707) 485-8814 NorthstoneOrganics@gmail.com

San Francisco

* Alternative Relief Co-Op (415) 239-4766 to in-patients in SF hospitals.
* Green Cross – SF (415) 648-4420. Open 10-7 daily.
* The PineApple Express San Francisco (408) 899-1519 Open daily.
* Northstone Organics San Francisco Farm-direct medicinal and culinary herbs, produce, fruit, eggs and more. (707) 485-8814 NorthstoneOrganics@gmail.com
* Herbal Health Collective San Francisco (916) 459-6123 Open Tues-Fri 1-8.

South Bay & Peninsula

* San Jose & Santa Cruz area: Growth Unlimited 1-888-MED-CANN, 415-240-1491
* Collective Wheels of Compassion Peninsula (650) 921-9702. Daily 9-7.
* 408 Delivery Service South Bay to Peninsula (408) 876-3224 greenthumb.deliveryservice@gmail.com Open daily.
* The PineApple Express South Bay/Peninsula (408) 899-1519 Open daily.
* Seventh Heaven Collective (Seriously Ill Patients Only) Santa Clara County (650) 669-6986 Open daily 10-10.
* Four Women Only Collective Santa Clara County (650) 537-8901 Open daily 9-9.
* Plant Providers Plus San Jose & surrounding (408) 824-1184 Open Mon-Sat 10-6.
* South Bay Collective San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell, Los Gatos (408) 666-2509 Open Tues-Sat 11-8.
* Herbal Leaf Home Care San Jose, Santa Clara County (408) 854-1314 Open Mon-Fri 9-7, Sat 9-5 Closed Sun.
* 1-888-415-MEDS Santa Clara County 1-888-415-MEDS(6337) or (408) 621-5296 Open daily noon-7. We accept calls from 7AM.

Santa Cruz

* Med Ex Delivery Service: (831) 425-3444.
* West Coast Meds Fresno, Holister, Gilroy, Santa Cruz (831) 316-8301 Open 9am-midnight

South Central Valley

* 420 Highway Delivery Service, Fresno/Clovis (310) 808-0420

Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Ventura

* 420SB.com mobile dispensary Santa Barbara and Ventura Co. (805) 624-6747 Open daily 10-9.
* Mary Janes Bud Ventura County (800) 768-0292 maryjanesbud@ymail.com Open daily 10-8.
* West Coast Caregiving and Consulting San Luis Obispo County, N. Santa Barbara County (805) 202-1970 Open daily.
* 805Delivery.com Ventura County Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, etc. Open Mon-Sat 12-7.
* Central Coast Caregivers South San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties (805) 904-8373 cccg@hushmail.me Open daily 9am-10pm

Downtown & West LA

* Caregivers Medical Resource LA /Valley Area (323) 252-7449 Open 10-8 daily. organicmedsdelivery@yahoo.com
* Patient Dynamic Care Inc. Greater Los Angeles & Surrounding Areas (626) 272-5277 Open Mon.-Sat. 8-5.
* C.P.S. Compassionate Patient Services SD – LA – OC -San Bernadino Counties (714) 362-0331 Open 24/7
* LA Confidential LA/OC (626) 257-4514
* Artists Collective “Medical Marijuana for the Arts” – LA County (323) 979-7822 Open daily. artistsforaccess@gmail.com
* Natural Medicine Caregivers Los Angeles (323) 327-2936 Open Mon-Sun 7 am – 9 pm
* The Delivery Collective Greater Los Angeles (323) 944-7085 Open daily 10-7 deliverycollective@gmail.com
* Pain Free Society of California West Los Angeles Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades south to Long Beach, and east to Ontario (310) 432-3594 Open 12-12 daily. painfree420@yahoo.com
* Doctors Favorite Green Meds LA area (310) 226-2991 Open 9-8.
* CaregiverDelivery.com Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood
* SerenityLeaf.com Greater Los Angeles (213) 221-8111 Open daily 10-10.
* WeDeliverWeed.com West Los Angeles Open Tue-Sun 12-10.
* DNA Delivery LA County Hollywood, SF Valley, Westside, All Studio Areas (888) 420-4DNA Open daily 11-7 dnadelivery@gmail.com
* Pure Herbal Delivery West Los Angeles Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel Air, Santa Monica etc. Open 24/7 365
* Shaman Therapeutics Beverly Hills (310) 717-0897 Open daily 10-10

West Hollywood

* Artists Collective “Medical Marijuana for the Arts” – LA County (323) 979-7822 Open daily. artistsforaccess@gmail.com
* Dispensary To Your Door West Los Angeles Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades south to Long Beach, and east to Ontario (310) 432-3594 Open 12-12 daily. painfree420@yahoo.com
* The Delivery Collective West Hollywood (323) 944-7085 Open daily 10-7. deliverycollective@gmail.com
* WeDeliverWeed.com West Los Angeles Open Tue-Sun 12-10.

San Fernando Valley

* CDC Caregivers San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys (818) 217-9876 Open daily 9-8
* Valley Caregivers San Fernando Valley (818) 308-KUSH Open daily 9-8 staff@valleycaregivers.com
* The Delivery Collective San Fernando Valley (323) 944-7085 Open daily 10-7. deliverycollective@gmail.com

East Los Angeles Area

* The Kush Shop San Bernardino, Riverside, East LA and Orange Counties. Herbs and Clones (951) 378-6821
* Artists Collective “Medical Marijuana for the Arts” – LA County (323) 979-7822 Open daily. artistsforaccess@gmail.com
* OG DeliverEE San Gabriel Valley (626) 409-5810. Open Daily 12-8.
* T.H.Collective San Gabriel Valley (323) 605-5334 or (626) 512-5900 Open daily 10-7.
* Nice Dreams Whittier, La Puente and surrounding areas (626) 715-1500 Open Mon-Sat 11-7 jerry@nicedreams.org
* Sunland Organic Pharmacy Sunland, Tujunga area (818) 951-5000 sunlandorganicpharmacy@gmail.com Open M-Sat 10-9, Sun 11-7.
* San Gabriel Valley Dispensary San Gabriel (626) 262-7877 Open daily 9-9.
* Northern Lights Nursery Covina, Glendora, Azusa, San Dimas (626) 272-3158 Open M-Sa 12-9.
* In And Out 420 Lakewood, Downey, Whittier, Hacienta Hts, Rowland Hts and surrounding (877)842-8456 Open 9-8 daily

Long Beach and South Bay

* Med/A/Cab delivery service – Long Beach and mid-cities (562) 256-5066 open 11-7 everyday.
* Ohana Collective Orange County and Long Beach (949) 279-3235. Open Mon-Sat 10-8.
* LA Confidential LA/OC (626) 257-4514
* MarijuanaDelivery.com Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, Redondo, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills (310) 272-9074 Open daily 8am-midnight ask@marijuanadelivery.com
* Bakedery South Bay Beach Cities (888) 420-DAYS(3297) bakedery@gmail.com Open daily 11-7.
* A Soothing Remedy Coopertive Long Beach (562) 612-4388
* Da Ma Collective (DMC) Long Beach, LA County, Orange County (562) 253-5865 Open Mon-Sat 10-10, Sun by appt.
* Long Beach Specialty Health Long Beach, Orange County, Los Angeles County (562) 218-1340 Open M-F 9-9; S/S 9-8.
* MaryJaneMeds.com Los Angeles County – All, OC – All (877) 842-8456 Open daily 10am-1am.
* Long Beach Green Delivery Greater Long Beach area (562) 276-8218 Open daily 10-10. longbeachgreendelivery@gmail.com
* Vallet 420 South Bay, LBC & most of LA (877) 842-8456 Open daily 9am-12 midnight vallet420@gmail.com

Orange County

* California Collective Caregivers “FREE DELIVERY” TO MOST OF O.C. and INLAND EMPIRE (714) 272-4585 Open daily 9am-7pm. Several Strains, edibles and Concentrates.
* C.P.S. Compassionate Patient Services SD – LA – OC -San Bernadino Counties (714) 362-0331 Open 24/7
* SoCal Safe Access Supply (619) 723-1771 / (714) 661-6476. Open daily 9am – 7pm. Same day avail. before 2pm
* Ohana Collective Orange County and Long Beach 949-279-3235. Open Mon-Sat 10-8.
* Rophe Healing Collective Orange County (949) 903-3803. Open Mon-Sat 10-7.
* TLC Collective, OC/South Bay (951) 294-0832. Open 10-10.
* Supercuts Collective Delivering Quality Clones to Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Gabriel Valley (949) 873-3250 SuperCutsCollective@Gmail.com Open Mon-Sat 10-6.
* C3 Delivery OC, SD, SB, LA, RS Counties Open daily 9am-9pm (714) 408-6862
* Cannabliss Inc OC (714) 422-9279
* American Breed Caregivers Orange County (714) 767-6210 Open daily 11-8.
* P.C.H. Deliveries South Orange County & San Clemente (951) 515-9213 Open M-F 9-7.
* Coastal Care Delivery South Orange County (949) 466-5564 Open daily 12-9.
* Go N’ Green Orange County – Long Beach (714) 766-0420 info@gngreen.com Open daily 10-9. (see collectives page)
* Top Shelf Green Orange County deliveries. Walk-in by appt. only (714) 277-5843 Hours Mon-S at 11-7
* Organic Green Delivery Collective Orange County Open daily 8-8
* Sticky Icky’s Orange County (949) 637-PUFF (7833) Open daily 9-7.
* Safe 420 Delivery Orange County – All Areas (949) 334-3065 Open daily 9-9.
* Orange Coast Caregivers Orange County (949) 566-5161 occaregiver@gmail.com
Open daily 9-9.
* Patient to Patient Healing Center – PPHC South Orange County and surrounding (949) 300-2149 Open daily 9-9
* MaryJaneMeds.com Orange County – All Areas (877) 842-8456 Open daily 10am-1am.
* Valley Coast Collective Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, & Fountain Valley (714) 597-3043 Open M-F 11-9.
* Nuggetry All of Orange County (949) 290-0163 chubbs@nuggetry.com Open 6 days a week 10-10 (closed Tues.)
* Calicollective Orange County (949) 226-7197 service@calicollective.org Open Mon-Sat 9am-10pm.
* Tri-County Patient Collective Orange County (888) DANKS-2U (326-5728). Open daily 9-10.
* Chron Don Clinic Orange County (714) 590-9025 Open M-F 10-9.
* Syndica Caregivers Southern Orange County (949) 209-9346 Open daily Mon-Fri 11-9, Sat/Sun 12-8. info@syndica.org
* Kream of the Krop Orange County/Long Beach (949) 331-9947 Open 24/7
* Greengo’s Delivery Service Orange County (949) 307-2014 Open daily 10-10. info@greengos420.com
* O.C. Speedy Caregivers Orange County/LA (714) 421-5864 Open daily 10-9.
* Green Relief 1-Hour Delivery Orange County (949) 786-9020 Open daily 8-8 greenreliefcenter@gmail.com
* 420 Spiritual Primary Caregivers LA & OC (562) 536-2502 Open daily 11-9.
* OC Greengo Orange County 1-877-810-TOGO(8646) Open daily 8-8.
* Cannabis Connoisseur’s Collective Orange County (949) 257-3145 By appointment only.
* Therapeutic Herbal Connection Orange County (714) 519-9226 Weds-Mon 10-10 (closed Tues)
* H.U.G.S. (Healing Using God’s Soil) South Orange County (877) 420-HUGS(4847) Open 10-10.
* MDG Delivery Service Orange County (714) 525-5484 Open 8-7
* New Amsterdam Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, RSM, Lake Forest, Ladera, Foothill, Trabuco (949) 600-6577 Open 10-7 daily
* Livewell South Orange County (949) 614-3291 Open daily 9-9.
* Dakini Collective All of Orange County (714) 421-0679 Open daily 10-10.

Riverside – San Bernardino – Imperial

* KGB Meds (San Bernardino – High Desert delivery service) (760) 248-7387 Hours: 8am – 7pm.
* Top Notch Medical Marijuana Caregiver Clones & Meds Riverside County, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Hemit, Perris, Murrieta and surrounding. (951) 258-0123 MMCaregiver – Disclaimer
* Medical Marijuana Caregiver Meds & Clones Riverside County Temecula, Hemet, Corona, Riverside and surrounding (951) 707-8833 Open Mon-Sat 8-8, Sun 8-2
* Dank Meds San Bernardino (760) 246-7396 Open Mon-Sat. 8am – 8pm.
* Natural Alternative Delivery Service Upland, Ontario, Fontana, Victorville, Pomona, Chino, and surrounding (909) 559-2303. Open 10-10.
* Mount Vernon Natural Apothecary Riverside Co. (951) 764-1622
* The Kush Shop San Bernardino, Riverside, East LA and Orange Counties. Herbs and Clones (951) 378-6821
* The Nice Guys Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet, Wildomar, Lake Elisnore, Perris, Winchester, Escondido, Moreno Valley, Sun City and all surounding areas. Open 10-10
* DGW Ministries West Riverside County and Surrounding (951) 402-9893. Open M-F 8-6.
* Riverside Safe Access Supply (619) 723-1771. Open daily 9-7. Same day avail. before 5 pm
* KushKart Delivery Coachella Valley Palm Springs to Indio (760) 265-8381 Open daily 9-8. kushkart@yahoo.com
* Patients Collective Southern Riverside County: Discounted Rates for Murrieta & Temecula patients (951) 296-4522 Open M-S, 9-8
* Inland Discount Caregivers High Desert (760) 868-1415 (new number 8/09) Open Mon-Sat. 8-8.
* TLC Collective, OC/South Bay (951) 294-0832. Open 10-10.
* Desert Deliveries Coachella Valley (Palm Springs to Indio) (760) 285-4330 Open daily 11am-7pm Desert Archaeology, Inc. | Tucson, AZ
* IE 420 CC Inland Empire, Riverside County (951) 321-9108 Open daily 9-9.
* Right Here Right Now, Riverside (951) 880-8848. Open M-F 9-6; getmymeds@hotmail.com
* C.P.S. Compassionate Patient Services SD – LA – OC -San Bernadino Counties (714) 362-0331 Open 24/7
* San Diego Safe Access Supply (888) 619-HERB. Open daily 9am – 7pm. Same day avail. before 5 pm.
* Happy Helpers Initiative North San Diego County (Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos) (760) 846-1635 See website for hours.
* The North County Connection North San Diego County (760) 231-1644 Open daily 9-8.
* 420 Top Shelf Collective & Delivery Oceanside, Vista, Levcadia, Carlsbad and all San Diego county (760) 696-1990. Open 10-10.
* Medical Marijuana Caregiver Meds & Clones Menifee, Miraloma, Beaumont, Norco, Nuevo, Romoland, Rubidoux, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, San Jacinto, Sun City and surrounding areas. (951) 906-1334 Open Mon-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-2pm
* Holistically Yours Lancaster, LA, High Desert (661) 722-6712 Hours Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 12-5.
* Rivco Delivery Riverside County (951) 445-8172 Open Mon-Sat 8-6.
* C3 Delivery OC, SD, SB, LA, RS Counties Open daily 9am-9pm (714) 408-6862
* MM Farmers Coachella Valley Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio (760) 676-8111 Open daily 9-9.
* 215 Delivery Riverside County (From Temecula to Riverside) Discount for Hemet, San Jacinto, and Sun City (951) 216-0005 215delivery@gmail.com Open 10-8, closed Tues & Weds.
* High Desert Compassionate Care Collective Victorville/High Desert Area (760) 486-0252 Open Tu-F 10-4, Sa 10-3. Closed Su/Mon.
* BudsOnWheels.com Riverside County (951) 402-9174 Open daily 8-8.
* So Cal Collective Upland (626) 483-7366 Open daily 9-9.
* Inland Innovative Montclair – Beaumont and surrounding (909) 864-6601 Open daily 10-8
* Kush Connection Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Menifee/Sun City (951) 775-4538 kushconnection@hotmail.com Open Mon-Sat 9-8.
* Coachella Valley V.I.P. Delivery Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, Cabazon, Indio, 29 Palms & surrounding desert (760) 367-6842 Mon-Sat 10-7; Sun 11-6
* Sticky Icky’s Riverside County (Temecula, Murrieta, Perris, Corona, Riverside, etc.) (949) 637-PUFF (7833) Open daily 9-7.
* Sensi Meds Riverside County (877) 218-1488 staff@sensimeds.com Open daily 8-8.
* Alternative Health Collective Riverside County (951) 990-6338 Open daily 9-5. info@alternativehealthcollective.com
* The Eco Group Collective Riverside County (Temecula,Menifee/Sun City,Corona,Hemet,etc.) (951) 333-3232 Open Mon-Sat 8-8, Sun 10-6.
* Chronic Pain Releaf Temecula, Murrieta, Riverside, Perris, Lake Elsinore (562) 842-0394
Open daily 6am-2am
* Connoisseur Care Collective Hemet/San Jacinto, Temecula area, S. Riverside Co. (951) 265-8048 Open 11-6
* Palm Springs Deliveries (760) 799-5641 Tue-Sun 10-7, info@psdeliveries.com
* Riverside Medical Cannabis Service Riverside (951) 742-8277 Open daily 9-9.
* Clones 2 Grow Collective Care Temecula, Murrietta, Lake Elsinore (951) 216-9201 Mon-Sat 9-9.
* One Stop Co-Op Inland Empire and High Desert (888) 4 IE DANK Open daily 10-10 greenthumb@onestopcoop.com
* So Cal Collective.org Riverside County (877) 420-7223 Open daily 10-7 admin@socalcollective.org
* The Brown Bag Cannabis Catering Riverside County Temecula/Murietta (951) 240-1028 tbbcannabiscatering@gmail.com
* Sky High Meds San Bernardino Mtns – Big Bear to Crestline (909) 742-9797 Open daily 7-7. skyhighmeds@gmail.com
* ABC – Affordable Buds & Clones Murietta, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar (310) 855-3433 Open daily 8am-9pm.
* Edibles to Your Door Coachella Valley – Palm Springs to Indio (760) 289-0064 Open Daily 7am-6pm. Phone line open 24/7. ediblemeds@yahoo.com
* Mr. Nice Guy Inland Empire, High Desert, East L.A. County, Mtn. Resorts (909) 789-0141 Open daily 8am-11pm contact@Mr.NiceGuyMD.com
* The Herbal Connect Riverside County (951) 970-9740 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-3
* Temecula Safe Access Riverside County Temecula, Murietta, French Valley (951) 326-9630 Open daily 8-8
* Cannabis Connection San Diego & Riverside Counties (951) 240-1456 Open daily as needed
* Little Green Fox Riverside, San Bernadino Counties (888) 203-6731 ext. 420 littlegreenfox@att.net Open Mon-Fri 9-8, Sat 10-6, 1st & 3rd Suns 10-4

San Diego

* San Diego Safe Access Supply (888) 619-HERB. Open daily 9am – 7pm. Same day avail. before 5 pm.
* C.P.S. Compassionate Patient Services SD – LA – OC -San Bernadino Counties (714) 362-0331 Open 24/7
* The Nice Guys Murrieta, Temecula, Hemet, Wildomar, Lake Elisnore and surrounding. Open 10-10
* Happy Helpers Initiative North San Diego County (Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos) (760) 846-1635 Open 24/7.
* The North County Connection North San Diego County (Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad) (760) 277-3030 Open daily 9-8.
* 420 Top Shelf Collective San Diego county (Oceanside, Vista, Levcadia, Carlsbad) (760) 696-1990. Open 10-10.
* 655321.org San Diego
* Green Machine Herbalistics San Diego and South Bay (619) 335-7710 Open daily 9am-7pm.
* Sticky Icky’s North San Diego County (949) 637-PUFF (7833) Open daily 9-7.
* A.K. Deliveries North & East County San Diego (760) 207-0925 Open 8 am-10 pm.
* Grass of the Earth North San Diego County (760) 730-2110 Open daily 9-9.
* Meds2Go Delivery Collective (619) 804-2870, Open Mon-Sat (Deliveries only to registered Meds2Go patients.)
* So Cal Collective.org San Diego County (877) 420-7223 Open daily 10-7 admin@socalcollective.org
* LoveBug Delivery Service San Diego (888) 326-5684 or (888) DAN-KNUG
* The Brown Bag Cannabis Catering North San Diego County (951) 240-1028 tbbcannabiscatering@gmail.com
* SD MediCal Clones & Meds UTC La Jolla (619) 940-0478 Mon-Sat 11-8 SDMediCal@gmail.com
* The Gift of Green La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Clairemont, UTC (858) 371-1987 Open daily 9am-10pm
* 420 on Wheels Collective Temecula, North San Diego County (951) 848-9316 Open Mon-Sat 10-9
* Pure Power Meds Riverside County Temecula, Murietta, Sun City (760) 805-4506 Open daily 8-8 purepowermeds@gmail.com
* Cannabis Connection San Diego & Riverside Counties (951) 240-1456 Open daily as needed

November 14, 2009 – The Los Angeles city attorney’s office on Friday submitted a new draft medical marijuana ordinance that could resolve some contentious issues but adds new complications, such as raisingLos Angeles City Hall-500 the idea of capping the number of dispensaries by council district or community plan area.

The latest draft clarifies that edible marijuana products will be allowed. It also removes a provision that would have required collectives to provide lists of members, which dispensary operators had strenuously opposed, arguing it would violate federal privacy laws.

Two City Council committees plan to meet jointly Monday to complete the ordinance and the council is scheduled to take it up Wednesday, more than a year and half after the first draft ordinance was sent to the council.

David Berger, a special assistant to City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, said the latest version, the fifth, was intended to speed the process.

“We could continue to refine this ordinance ad infinitum. It’s time to get this ordinance done,” he said, noting that the city attorney’s office cannot launch actions to close dispensaries until an ordinance is in place.

“The whole idea is to get some control over the in-your-face way that business has been conducted up until now.”

The city has hundreds of dispensaries, but a judge ruled last month that the city’s moratorium was illegally extended and barred enforcement against a dispensary that sued, effectively leaving Los Angeles with no regulations.

Michael Larsen, the public safety director for the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, urged the council to act quickly. “Our main objective is simply an ordinance,” he said. “That’s No. 1. That’s the message we want to get out.”

The proposal leaves in place a prohibition on the sale of marijuana, but it allows dispensaries to recover the “out-of-pocket costs of their collective cultivation.”

Collective operators have repeatedly criticized the provision, saying it’s unclear whether they would be able to continue to operate under that condition.

“It’s still a square peg for a round hole,” said Don Duncan, the California director for Americans for Safe Access. Duncan, who lives in Los Angeles, said it’s based on the erroneous notion that collectives are like community gardens.

The proposed ordinance also keeps a requirement that dispensaries be located 1,000 feet from schools, parks, libraries and other so-called sensitive uses. City planners recently found that less than a quarter of the 186 dispensaries the city has allowed to operate under its ban would comply.

Duncan called the rule “unworkable,” but Larsen said he believes it is “a very liberal allowance” compared with the caps other cities have placed on the number of dispensaries. By John Hoeffel. Source.

On Friday, the first United States marijuana café opened in Portland, Ore. to allow certified medical marijuana users a place to legally obtain and smoke the drug, as well as dine in comfort.Picture 21

The Cannabis Café is the first of its kind in the US, according to Reuters. Madeline Martinez, Oregon’s executive director of NORML, a group that advocates the legalization of pot, said “This club represents personal freedom, finally, for our members.”

Martinez continued, “Our plans go beyond serving food and marijuana… We hope to have classes, seminars, even Cannabis Community College, based her to help people learn about growing and other uses for cannabis.”

The building that houses the new café was a former speak-easy and adult erotic club. Only those who are NORML members and hold an official medical marijuana card can enter the location that is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Each member pays $25 per month to use the café and does not have to pay for the pot they smoke. Instead, they get it free over the counter from “budtenders,” according to Reuters. The café will also serve food, but has no liquor license.

Reuters reports that in the state of Oregon, about 21,000 individuals are registered to use cannabis for medical purposes.

The owner of the establishment, Eric Solomon, said “I still run a coffee shop and events venue, just like I did before we converted it to the Cannabis Café, but now it will be cannabis-themed.”

Such locations, known as coffee shops, are popular in Amsterdam where possession of a small amount of pot is legal.

According to Reuters, the creation of the Cannabis Café occurred shortly after the Obama administration advised federal authorities not to prosecute dispensaries in states where such locations are legal or patients who use cannabis for medical reasons.

On opening day, reporters were invited to take in the smells of those smoking the drug in the cafe; however, they were not allowed to see individuals actually partaking in the smoking of marijuana.

November 12, 2009 – The U.S. Justice Dept., at the direction of the Obama Administration, last month announced that it would no longer direct federal investigative resources to pursue criminal charges against Picture 2medical marijuana clinics, providing they are operating lawfully. The policy represents a major shift in tactics from the Bush Administration, which had federal agents raiding medical marijuana distributors on the basis of violating federal statutes (federal law outlaws marijuana possession under the Controlled Substances Act) — even if the operators were in compliance with state laws.

Will the new Obama policy kick off an entrepreneurial bonanza in the 13 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington) where medical cannabis is legal? Maybe, experts say, citing the proliferation of medical marijuana training centers in recent years and a plan by one California business to begin franchising the dispensaries. But while the potential for a large medical marijuana market exists, cannabis remains mired in legal ambiguities and political sensitivities that — while changing rapidly — are still difficult for entrepreneurs to navigate.

To start, most of the 13 states do not allow storefront dispensaries; they permit medical patients to grow their own marijuana or purchase it directly from a registered grower certified by the state. In the rare places that do allow dispensaries, they must be structured as nonprofit cooperatives rather than for-profit entities, with marijuana provided by state-certified patients or their caregivers.

Neighborhood nuisance
In California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana sales and use in 1996, this nonprofit requirement came in mid-2008, when State Attorney General Jerry Brown issued guidelines for medical marijuana operations to try to rein in the hundreds — if not thousands — of for-profit dispensaries that had cropped up, many turning into neighborhood nuisances, with doctors on staff who would write prescriptions for anyone who walked through the doors. (California’s guidelines stating they should be nonprofit aren’t law; they’re in an opinion issued by Brown.)

Now the epicenter of the regulated medical marijuana movement is in Oakland, Calif., where four licensed cannabis dispensaries operate under strict city and state guidelines. This summer, the city’s voters approved by 80 percent a special 1.8 percent sales tax on marijuana sales that will go directly into the city’s general fund, says Steve DeAngelo, the founder of nonprofit dispensary Harborside Health Center. He and his attorney, James Anthony, devised the idea of the special tax while discussing the city’s financial straits.

Harborside, which looks something like a tidy community bank, does $20 million in annual sales, has 30,000 registered patients in its collective, and 75 full-time employees, DeAngelo says. His product is tested for purity and potency at a laboratory he helped found, he says, adding that during the past year’s recession his staff grew from 43 to 75, and says he pays each a living wage, provides them with health insurance and paid leave, and has recently added a pension program.

A lifelong cannabis activist and entrepreneur, DeAngelo has also come up with a new business idea. He recently founded for-profit Harborside Management Associates, a firm that currently does consulting for cannabis dispensaries and hopes to become America’s first franchised medical marijuana operation.

College course
Also located in Oakland is Oaksterdam University, a non-accredited private educational facility that teaches would-be dispensary owners to operate their own medical marijuana clinics. About 6,000 students have gone through its certificate program, which meets two hours a week for 13 weeks, says Greg Grimala, an Oaksterdam spokesperson.

While there is no requirement for dispensary operators to be certified, education and training may help entrepreneurs gain local approval for the facilities. “It’s very, very important for people who want to open dispensaries to work with their local government,” Grimala says. “It’s the local government that’s going to dictate whether they want to have this business in their neighborhood. If you open up in a city that does not want you there, they’ll find a way to force you out.”

Capital requirements for a new dispensary are $80,000 to $100,000 minimum, Grimala says. Richard Lee, who founded Oaksterdam University, agrees. He operates the Coffee Shop Blue Sky in Oakland, a combination for-profit coffee shop and for-profit medical marijuana dispensary that he says brings in $3 million in annual revenue. (Oakland’s local ordinance calls for no “excessive” profit, and Lee says so far the city has not deemed his dispensary to be making excessive profits.)

DeAngelo says he advises clients to plan on $250,000 in startup costs for larger operations like his own at Harborside. Along with purchasing marijuana plants and supplies, doing testing, staffing the facility, and providing adequate security, local jurisdictions often impose fees for licensing or conditional use permits, he says.

No cash cow
“If you think this is the newest way to make lots of money, I’d say get into another business,” DeAngelo says. “Even if you’re wildly successful and make a lot of money, you’re going to have to give that back to the community” because of the nonprofit business model, which he supports for the future.

“This is an opportunity for social entrepreneurs, who are willing to help suffering people feel better and expand the zone of freedom in our country. The type of person who should get into this business will be looking for less tangible rewards,” he says.

Bruce Mirken, communications director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a lobbying and educational organization that advocates legalizing, regulating, and taxing marijuana, says that even in the states with the most liberal laws, storefront dispensaries exist in something of a gray area. While federal enforcement conflicted with state law, many cities were reluctant to issue formal guidelines for dispensaries, leaving the operators in legal limbo, he says. “Things will continue to evolve, and my guess is that more states will be open in time, but that’s anybody’s guess,” Mirken says.

Still, in the past several years, model dispensaries and industry best practices have begun to emerge. The Medical Cannabis Safety Council, in conjunction with other medical cannabis policy groups, is attempting to establish a self-regulatory model built on non-profit industries such as hospital emergency rooms, says Mickey Martin, a founding project adviser for the group and associate editor for West Coast Cannabis Magazine.

Ballot initiative
DeAngelo says he is optimistic about his company’s fortunes. “I believe the Obama Administration is being honest with us when they say we won’t be raided by the federal government if we’re in scrupulous compliance with state law and local regulations,” he says. He and other activists are collecting signatures to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the California ballot next year.

Tax Cannabis 2010 would allow cities and counties throughout the state to tax and regulate marijuana for adult use. “We think it will bring our laws in line with reality,” Grimala says. Even if that initiative is approved by voters — and it is certain to draw fierce opposition — DeAngelo says he will push for the industry to remain not-for-profit. “The country should get it right this time. Let’s take care of our cities and our schools and not give this one to the multinational corporations,” he says.

While he favors allowing adult recreational use, he says he is horrified by the idea of children being exposed to over-the-counter marijuana sales. “Do we want kids to walk into 7-Eleven past cigarettes and booze — and marijuana also? Do we want them to open up Rolling Stone and see a two-page glossy spread for reefers?”
by Karen E. Klein. Source.

November 12, 2009 – As hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries have opened this year in a startling MedMJDispenserollout across California, unnerved local officials have started to push back aggressively.

Many cities and a few counties have banned them. Others have imposed emergency moratoriums. And some have started to sue dispensaries to force them to close. So far, the state’s courts have sided with local officials.

For marijuana advocates, who have seen over-the-counter sales become commonplace and watched the steady drift of California’s vibrant weed counterculture into the mainstream, these setbacks are a discordant development.

“At this point, we’re not winning a battle we should be winning,” said Joe Elford, chief counsel for Americans for Safe Access, who believes that local bans violate state law. “There’s been this kind of backlash of let’s give ourselves this great enforcement tool of just banning dispensaries.”

Three years ago, Elford’s organization found that 29 California cities had banned dispensaries. Now, at least 120 have done so, according to advocates and opponents of medical marijuana. That’s a quarter of the state’s cities. In recent months, the pace appears to have accelerated. The number of cities allowing dispensaries has grown much more slowly, from two dozen to about 30.

Last week, Red Bluff, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, became the latest city to vote for a ban, one that outlaws not only dispensaries, but also collectives and marijuana cultivation. This week, Nevada City, a postcard-perfect Gold Rush city in the Sierra foothills, is likely to follow.

Los Angeles, the apogee of the uncontrolled dispensary boom, has become the scare story that has driven many other cities to act. The city attorney’s office estimates that about 1,000 dispensaries have opened, almost all of them in violation of a moratorium that was adopted in 2007.

“We actually tell cities around the state to look at the failure in Los Angeles,” said Paul Chabot, the founder of the Coalition for a Drug Free California. “That’s why the cities are moving fast and furious across the state to adopt bans.”

This blow-back has come as local politicians look at the experiences of other cities and decide that they don’t much like what they see: Anyone who wants to smoke pot can easily get a doctor’s recommendation; dispensaries can attract crime; and some operators are in it for the money, although profits are prohibited.

Even places widely seen as pot-friendly have become wary.

Santa Cruz passed a law in 2000 to allow dispensaries. One opened in 2005, another in 2006, in the same industrial area. City officials say they have not had any trouble with them.

But Mike Ferry, a Santa Cruz city planner, said he was inundated with inquiries about opening dispensaries after the Obama administration announced in March that federal agents would lay off stores that adhered to state law.

“It goes from a trickle to a call a day, from all over the state and even out of the state,” he said.

The city studied its dispensaries and learned that about three-quarters of their customers were not from Santa Cruz. The prospect of being a regional marijuana hub did not excite city leaders.

“We kind of felt like we were going to end up with a concentration,” he said.

City officials have recommended a cap at two.

Some towns that once welcomed dispensaries have switched off the “Vacancy” sign. Dixon, a bedroom community on Interstate 80 between the Bay Area and Sacramento, decided years ago to allow dispensaries. None opened. Recently, several people who did not live in the city inquired about starting one.

This was surprising to Jack Batchelor, the mayor. Why Dixon, a city of about 17,500?

“My sense is that it would be people living outside Dixon and driving by,” Batchelor said.

Given the push-the-envelope innovation in California’s marijuana industry, Batchelor’s fear that his city might host the first drive-through dispensary doesn’t seem far-fetched. It was not an appealing prospect, he said.

The more Batchelor learned, the more he worried. On the web, he realized how easy it was for anyone to get a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana. He read reports that dispensaries attract crime. And he decided that he didn’t believe that the aspiring dispensary operators had approached Dixon out of compassion for its residents.

“It’s a monetary issue,” he said. “Here’s a way to expand their business.”

In August, Dixon’s City Council banned the stores.

Other cities, including many in the Inland Empire and Orange County, have similarly enacted outright bans.

Laguna Beach adopted a ban in September. Mayor Kelly Boyd said school officials urged the city to prohibit dispensaries. “We saw what was happening in other cities, and how they were rapidly growing and opening, and we didn’t want that happening in our city,” he said.

At least eight of California’s 58 counties now have bans.

Supervisors in Madera County, in the Central Valley, voted unanimously in September to outlaw dispensaries after listening to almost two dozen supporters. One after another, they pleaded to be allowed to buy marijuana at the county’s two dispensaries, telling emotional stories of how it helped them deal with anxiety, glaucoma, lupus, asthma, chronic pain and headaches. One man, who said he was a veteran and suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome, said, “I don’t know why you are being backward about it.”

But the board was swayed by the sheriff, who cited crime statistics, insisted a vote for dispensaries would be a vote to violate federal law, noted that county voters had rejected the 1996 medical marijuana initiative and offered this opinion of dispensary operators: “They’re not compassionate caregivers, they’re criminals.”

Elford and other advocates for medical marijuana argue that it is the bans that are illegal and insist that the California Supreme Court will eventually invalidate them. “They can’t pass ordinances that are inimical to a matter of statewide concern,” said Elford, who has provided legal counsel on many of the state’s medical marijuana cases.

Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown concluded last year that dispensaries run by collectives “may be lawful,” but did not address whether cities and counties could outlaw them.

So far, cities have won several cases in state courts.

As cities wait to see whether an appeals court will uphold a ban imposed by Anaheim, they have embraced another appellate court ruling. The state 2nd District Court of Appeal recently ruled for Claremont in its three-year battle with a dispensary that opened after the city denied it a business license and permit. The panel decided the state’s medical marijuana laws did not stop the city from enforcing its licensing and zoning requirements.

That approach — using licensing and zoning rules to keep dispensaries out of town — is becoming increasingly popular with cities. A Superior Court judge recently sided with Fresno and ordered nine dispensaries to shut down. In the Bay Area, Walnut Creek has issued daily $500 fines to a dispensary that officials say violates its zoning rules and have filed suit. City Atty. Paul Valle-Riestra estimates the total fine at about $15,000. “Clearly, there seems to be a lot of money involved in this, and they don’t seem to bat an eye at those kind of penalties,” he said. Lake Forest in Orange County has seen many dispensaries open in strip malls near the junction of the 5 and 405 freeways. The city has sued 21 dispensaries; five have closed.

Red Bluff officials said the Claremont decision emboldened them to push for their sweeping ban. As in Claremont, a dispensary opened in Red Bluff without permission, triggering the City Council’s action. But city leaders also worried about crime and complaints of people smoking pot at houses used as collectives.

“You can really just start seeing that there’s a dark side to this,” said Scott Timboe, the city’s planning director, “and so it was really the dark side that our community was concerned about.” Source.

November 8, 2009 – In Mississippi, where Dr. David Allen worked as a heart surgeon, authorities seized his home and ranch this year after finding $800 worth of marijuana and $1,000 in hashish. A grand jury is to consider a Picture 7cultivation charge that could net him 30 years in prison under Mississippi’s drug laws.

In Sacramento, where he now lives, Allen is a legal, licensed member of a community of physicians that enables hundreds of thousands of Californians to lawfully consume or grow marijuana for personal use.

His recently opened cannabis evaluations clinic on Auburn Boulevard is a newcomer in an increasingly robust medical industry. Born with California’s Proposition 215 in 1996, the profession is newly energized by the federal government’s recent decision to relax enforcement policies for 14 states that have legalized medicinal use of marijuana.

Voters approved California’s Compassionate Use Act amid stories of AIDS patients needing marijuana to boost appetites and cancer patients needing it to counter nausea and other side effects of chemotherapy.

These days pot physicians, touting marijuana as a healthier alternative to pharmaceuticals, are writing medical cannabis recommendations for a far wider range of ills, from restless leg syndrome to psoriasis, from sleep apnea to menopause.

The widely available doctor’s “recommendations” – they’re not formal prescriptions – stir intense debate in the medical community, even among cannabis doctors.

Doctors argue over whether the recommendations, costing anywhere from $50 to $250 each, go to patients who truly need medical marijuana or help facilitate recreational drug users and provide hefty profits for the doctors writing the notes.

Doctors are barred by state law from giving out marijuana or instructing patients where to get it. But cannabis recommendations are necessary for patients to make their purchases at the pot dispensaries now sprouting like Starbucks in some communities.

The dispensaries must operate as nonprofits. The doctors are under no such constraints.

170,000 patients seen

Already, a lucrative medical industry is taking shape with pot evaluation networks such as MediCann, a “health and wellness service” started with one San Francisco clinic. It now operates 20 offices in California – including sites in Sacramento, Elk Grove and North Highlands – and has overseen the care of 170,000 cannabis patients since 2004.

“The growth has been steady. We open up a new clinic every few months,” said Matthew Desanto, MediCann’s marketing director. “Honestly, it’s just that patients need to use cannabis as medicine.”

In the past year, another group, Marijuana Medicine Evaluation Centers, opened clinics in 10 California cities. It advertises on “WeedMaps,” an Internet service for patients seeking doctors, dispensaries and other pot services.

The newfound visibility of the medical marijuana trade is pronounced on the eclectic boardwalk of Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

Along the boardwalk’s short span, greeters work the crowd in front of three oceanfront clinics, pitching the benefits of medical pot. One large beachfront house holds the Medical Kush Doctor physician’s office and the Kush Clubhouse dispensary. Another doctor’s walk-in clinic is next door to a dispensary entrance, where a woman shouts out: “Free hash bar – patients welcome!”

In his Sacramento office, where medical diplomas are displayed with a news article on a rare beating heart bypass surgery he performed in Mississippi, Dr. Allen is bullish on his career change to full-time pot doc.

Allen was living in California last February when his Mississippi ranch was raided. He denies participation in any illegal marijuana activities.

Jackson County, Miss., Sheriff’s Lt. Curtis Speirs said Allen is being investigated for felony cultivation and distribution.

“In the state of Mississippi,” Speirs said, “whether you think it’s for medicinal use or not, it’s against the law.”

In California, Allen charges $150 for medical evaluations and exults over his work with pot patients.

“Cannabis is a miracle drug that works so well for so many reasons, for so many people, that millions are willing to risk jail and property seizures to use the medicine,” he said.

He said he is dedicated to serving the people who tell him that cannabis “is better for my migraines, for my asthma, for my menstrual cramps” than traditional treatments. “How can you deny these patients?”

Construction worker Brent Bomia, 36, who said he had back surgery after a work-related fall, showed up with his medical records and got a recommendation from Allen.

“I’m happy he is here,” said Bomia. “I believe as a community this is a steppingstone to more people realizing medical marijuana really helps.”

Prop. 215 applied broadly

Under Proposition 215, physicians can recommend cannabis for cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines or “any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.”

Clinical support for pot’s potential health benefits comes from the likes of Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Abrams conducted state and federally funded research that showed marijuana to be beneficial for patients with HIV and for pain from nerve damage.

“I see cancer patients every day who suffer from loss of appetite, weight loss, pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and nausea,” he said. “With cannabis, I can recommend one medicine instead of writing prescriptions for six or seven.”

But Dr. Lee Snook, a Sacramento pain physician who serves on the public policy committee for the California Society of Addiction Medicine, is alarmed over the burgeoning use of medical cannabis.

Snook, who heads Metropolitan Pain Management Consultants Inc., said he encounters many patients with marijuana recommendations who don’t need them or are better served by other treatments.

“People go into an outpatient clinic, say, ‘I have chronic pain,’ pay $100 for a card,” Snook said. “That’s it. I see it as a business. I don’t see it as practicing medicine at all.”

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws – which advocates easing marijuana restrictions – lists more than 160 California doctors and clinics as “medical cannabis specialists.” Their work, as with all doctors, falls under the scrutiny of the California Medical Board.

Since 1996, the board has investigated 81 complaints against doctors who recommended pot to patients.

Regulators revoked licenses for 10 physicians for violating guidelines published to ensure they conduct in-person “good faith” examinations and review patients’ health and medical histories when recommending cannabis. Some were sanctioned for failing to detect overt, drug-seeking behaviors.

Medical Board records indicate some pot doctors attracted attention after other physicians or psychiatrists complained. Other complaints came from undercover police who said they got cannabis recommendations with little or no medical exam.

All 10 license revocations were stayed and the doctors allowed to continue practicing under supervised probation.

In July, the Medical Board sanctioned Dr. Robert Cohen of Santa Monica for recommending cannabis without a physical exam or patient records for a board investigator who said she was a mother of five and needed pot to relax.

In August, the board found that El Dorado County doctor Marion Fry improperly recommended marijuana to a patient with chronic paranoid schizophrenia despite warnings from Merced County health officials that pot exacerbated his condition.

The board put Fry’s medical license on probationary status for three years. That action came two years after she and her husband were sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to grow and distribute marijuana. A trial revealed that her medical pot recommendations netted between $750,000 and $1 million over a 26-month period.

Even some pot doctors question whether the expanding industry has sufficiently established standards and oversight.

Dr. Frank Lucido, a Berkeley family physician and leader in the medical marijuana movement, worries about a proliferation of “quick-in, quick-out mills that pretty much give out cannabis recommendations to anyone 18 or over that has money.”

“It gives the industry a bad name,” he said.

Lucido said he pre-screens patients in a telephone interview, conducts 45-minute examinations and requires medical records documenting serious health issues.

Then, there is Venice Beach.

On an oceanfront featuring four new pot clinics, one employee drew in passers-by by handing out fliers adorned with a cannabis leaf and a list of medical conditions.

“Do you have any of these?” he asked. “We can get you a recommendation. It will only take a few minutes.”

Gilbert, a 42-year-old Los Angeles man who didn’t want his last name used, was in and out of the doctor’s office next to the hash bar. He got a cannabis recommendation minutes after a brief exam and blood pressure check.

“He asked me what medications I was on and what do I think marijuana would do,” said Gilbert, who said he smokes pot to alleviate pain and high blood pressure.

“Pot smokers are going to be pot smokers. If this is going to make them feel better, then so be it.” Source.

Richard Lee, President of Oaksterdam University helped convince Oakland voters to tax medical marijuana dispensaries and make them more legit. Now he’s taking the idea state-wide through the TaxCannabis.org initiative.

October 27, 2009-SAN FRANCISCO — These are heady times for advocates of legalized marijuana in California — and only in small part because of the newly relaxed approach of the federal government toward medical marijuana.915692621578182322b5790tr1

State lawmakers are holding a hearing on Wednesday on the effects of a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate the drug — in what would be the first such law in the United States. Tax officials estimate the legislation could bring the struggling state about $1.4 billion a year, and though the bill’s fate in the Legislature is uncertain, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has indicated he would be open to a “robust debate” on the issue.

California voters are also taking up legalization. Three separate initiatives are being circulated for signatures to appear on the ballot next year, all of which would permit adults to possess marijuana for personal use and allow local governments to tax it. Even opponents of legalization suggest that an initiative is likely to qualify for a statewide vote.

“All of us in the movement have had the feeling that we’ve been running into the wind for years,” said James P. Gray, a retired judge in Orange County who has been outspoken in support of legalization. “Now we sense we are running with the wind.”

Proponents of the leading ballot initiative have collected nearly 300,000 signatures since late September, supporters say, easily on pace to qualify for the November 2010 general election. Richard Lee, a longtime marijuana activist who is behind the measure, says he has raised nearly $1 million to hire professionals to assist volunteers in gathering the signatures.

“Voters are ripping the petitions out of our hands,” Mr. Lee said.

That said, the bids to legalize marijuana are opposed by law enforcement groups across the state and, if successful, would undoubtedly set up a legal showdown with the federal government, which classifies marijuana as an illegal drug.

California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, in 1996, but court after court — including the United States Supreme Court — has ruled that the federal government can continue to enforce its ban. Only this month, with the Department of Justice announcement that it would not prosecute users and providers of medical marijuana who obey state law, has that threat subsided.

But federal authorities have also made it clear that their tolerance stops at recreational use. In a memorandum on Oct. 19 outlining the medical marijuana guidelines, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden said marijuana was “a dangerous drug, and the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a serious crime,” adding that “no state can authorize violations of federal law.”

Still, Mr. Lee anticipates spending up to $20 million on a campaign to win passage of his ballot measure in California, raising some of it from the hundreds of already legal medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, which have been recently fighting efforts by Los Angeles city officials to tighten restrictions on their operations.

“It’s a $2 billion industry,” Mr. Lee said of the medical marijuana sales.

Opponents said they are also preparing for a battle next year.

“I fully expect they will qualify,” said John Lovell, a Sacramento lobbyist for several groups of California law enforcement officials that oppose legalization.

Any vote would take place in a state where attitudes toward marijuana border on the schizophrenic. Last year, the state made some 78,500 arrests on felony and misdemeanors related to the drug, up from about 74,000 in 2007, according to the California attorney general.

Seizures of illegal marijuana plants, often grown by Mexican gangs on public lands in forests and parks, hit an all-time high in 2009, and last week, federal authorities announced a series of arrests in the state’s Central Valley, where homes have been converted into “indoor grows.”

At the same time, however, there are also pockets of California where marijuana can seem practically legal already. At least seven California cities have formally declared marijuana a low priority for law enforcement, with ballot measures or legislative actions. In Los Angeles, some 800 to 1,000 dispensaries of medical marijuana are in business, officials say, complete with consultants offering public relations services and “canna-business management.”

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat and author of the legalization bill, said momentum for legalization has built in recent years, especially as the state’s finances have remained sour.

“A lot of people that were initially resistant or even ridiculed it have come aboard,” Mr. Ammiano said.

In Oakland, which passed a tax on medical cannabis sales in July, several people who signed a petition backing Mr. Lee’s initiative said they were motivated in part by the cost of imprisoning drug offenders and the toll of drug-related violence in Mexico.

“Personally I don’t see a way of getting it under control other than legalizing it and taxing it,” said Jim Quinn, 60, a production manager. “We’ve got to get it out of the hands of criminals both domestic and international.”

Mr. Lovell, the law enforcement lobbyist, however, said those arguments paled in comparison to the potential pitfalls of legalization, including people driving under the influence. He also questioned how much net revenue a tax like Mr. Ammiano is proposing would actually raise. “We get revenue from alcohol,” he said. “But there’s way more in social costs than we retain in revenues.”

The recent history of voter-approved drug reform laws in California is not encouraging for supporters of legalization. Last November, voters rejected a proposition that would have increased spending for drug treatment programs and loosened parole and prison requirements for drug offenders.

None of which seems to faze Mr. Lee, 47, a former roadie who founded Oaksterdam University, a medical marijuana trade school in Oakland, in 2007. Mr. Lee says he plans to use the Internet to raise money, as well as tapping out-of state sources for campaign money.

More than anything, however, Mr. Lee said he was banking on a basic shift in people’s attitudes toward the drug.

“For a lot of people,” he said, “it’s just another brand of beer.” Source.

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