Modernizing Marijuana Retail Stores

In anticipation of January 1, 2018, when buying recreational weed in California will be legal, an April 11th article by Debra Borchardt in Forbes Magazine estimated that California would receive $1 Billion in tax revenues the first year. Whoa. That’s a ton of money.

While stores are not supposed to sell recreational marijuana until the state has issued business licenses, many companies are already doing it.

You may have read the August 27th article in the Los Angles TimesOC that described how MedMen, a medicinal marijuana dispensary, has modernized their approach to promoting/educating customers about cannabis. Located in Santa Ana, the retail store features over 1,000 products displayed in a 3,000 square foot facility. Imitating the Apple Retail stores, MedMen uses iPad tablets to provide customers with an inter-active experience to learn about the strain, price, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol content, as well as the terpene content, which give the plants their scents. The picture below was in the newspaper and using my iPhone I photographed it to include in this blog (sorry about the blurriness). You can see the staging designed to educate and display sealed jars with a lid slider, which allows customers to sniff the product.

Last fall, when California voters approved Proposition 64, the legislation provided for significant changes. An article by Nick Lindsey in the May 3, 2017, Green Rush Daily publication listed the important ones:

  • Adults 21 and over can legally grow up to six plants at their homes.
  • It’s legal for adults to possess, transport, purchase, consume and share up to one ounce of cannabis.
  • Adults can own, transport, purchase, consume, and share up to eight grams of concentrates.
  • The state will establish 19 new licenses to regulate the legal cannabis market in California.
  • Dispensaries will be allowed to sell cannabis and concentrates to adults 21 and over for recreational use.

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is one of the most prevalent marijuana chemical compounds and comes in oils, edibles, vapes, and flowers. Many people use it to treat headaches and migraines. To illustrate how common this has become, I’m including it in my second novel. The antagonist who is the (fictional) Los Angeles County Sheriff, husband, father, and abuser gets migraines. When he feels a serious headache coming on, he eats CBD mints, and within twenty minutes (according to users), the pain is gone.

What do you think? Are you brave enough to share? Do you use any form of cannabis? If so, I’m curious as to what you use and how it helps.

Warmest Regards,                                                                                                                                           Michele                                                                                                                                                               Author, Busted                                                                                                                                                                                



9 thoughts on “Modernizing Marijuana Retail Stores”

  1. Laura BLaura B

    Michele –
    To date I have not been a cannabis user. Tried it twice at 22 and did not like the taste. I was a smoker at that time and the pot did not make me high or cause any side affect that I was aware of at that time. I did not pursue it further.

    Recently I met someone who has severe rheumatoid arthritis and has been using a concentrated cannabis cream on her hands for about four months. 100% of her inflammation and swelling has resolved and she has no pain. Her MD could not believe that the cream caused this to occur. Although I do not suffer to the extent she did, I do have severe pain in my left thumb joint which is swollen all the time. I am going to try the cream for two months and see if it resolves. I will let you know.

    September 26, 2017
  2. Millie PaulMillie Paul

    Thanks for the interesting facts, Michele. On a recent trip to Colorado, my sister and I talked with three different women, all conservative, who had used a form of cannabis cream for joint pain. They all swore by it and are still using it. By the end of our visit, I was convinced that the cannabis cream did a better job of alleviating pain than many other forms of analgesics.

    September 26, 2017
  3. Lea ClaveranLea Claveran

    Hello Michelle,

    I do not have any health concerns that would require Cannabis. I do know personally a few people who have saved their lives fighting cancer with Cannabis. Thank God I do not have such a health risk. However, I was given a sample of skin care for anti-aging that has CBD and Hemp oil as its base. I have owned a day spa in the past. Nothing that I have ever tried and I am talking about professional pharmaceuticals has ever worked better. This miraculous skin care has not only reduced my wrinkles but is has actually over a period of about 2 months completely transformed my complexion. The pores on my face have gotten so much smaller and healthier. I look at least 5 to 10 years younger! Not only have wrinkles decreased dramatically but the even color and facial skin feels more toned and healthier. I am so delighted, I have told everyone who has asked me what I am doing with my skin! The product is called CRAVE and the owner is here local in Southern California. The body cream is equally impressive! You can get a sample that is generous, about a two to three week supply for only $29.00. It is incredible and my face totally craves it!! I am looking for a hemp or CBD product for my hair. Our general make up and cellular structure just needs and craves the molecules in Cannabis. This I am more than convinced. Enough of this government suppression to keep this life-saving and beauty enhancing miracle plant!

    September 27, 2017
  4. jiminnewportjiminnewport

    I’m 81, so being busted for drugs would make a great story at my departure.

    Last year, I had my second major incident with Sciatica, but the pira formis kind, where the muscle in the butt contracts over the sciatica nerve. It began in December 2015, and left last October. Over the last four months of my infliction, I had pain at the 8-9-10 level constantly. I could not sleep at night in any of the four possibilities, left, right, stomach, back. I just passed out each night for an hour at a time.

    My mom always had said, “Rest is 80% of sleep,” and I know that’s true from experience.

    Someone suggested medical marijuana. I went up the 55 freeway and went to a store. I needed a prescription. They sent me off to visit a doctor. She was the most professional I have ever had, taking great care in our interview to review my medical history. She explained the drug, different forms of it, different doses, and suggested where I might begin. That took about 25 minutes, and cost $40.

    With my prescription, I went back to the store, and with counter help, I went home.

    That night, the first, I slept about six hours. I slept every night for the next three weeks. I went from a steady 9+, to zero. On my physical therapy session, when I said pain was zero, they said, “You’re fired!”

    I don’t really support MJ as a recreational drug because I’ve never used it. I still have bags of the edible stuff. It’s not a cheap or insurance-reimbursable habit. My “drugs” cost about $250/month, if I continued. I chose zero.

    I’m not in favor of recreational MJ because I fear users may kill me driving. This habit is way more “intrusive” on a life, than smoking cigarettes, and we know how bad that is/was.

    September 27, 2017
  5. Sandy RubinSandy Rubin is a site that explains the difference between CBD Cannabis and the psychoactive effects of the THC strain. Since Cannabis will be legal in Jan, best we learn the difference. Recently my MD suggested I think about using the CBD form for insomnia. I have not done so to date.

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