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Marketing medical marijuana? A new ‘U’ can help you

Arizona Dispensary University storefront (Photo credit: Phoenix New Times)

While the Arizona Bar Association diddles around trying to decide whether or not they will represent would-be medical marijuana businesses and while bureaucrats cook up regulatory roadblocks, at least one entrepreneurial marketer has jumped into the void to help medical marijuana dispensaries get off the ground in our state.

With the passage of medical marijuana in Arizona, people in the know (like me) predicted the creation of new businesses– besides dispensaries and growing operations– around this new industry.

Arizona Dispensary University, in Phoenix, is one such business. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to drive to Phoenix to check it out because the Phoenix New Times already did. Here is an excerpt:

We attended a class at Arizona Dispensary University, the new medical marijuana “college,” on Friday. The foremost thing we learned is that people can make a lot of money selling public information and “expert” advice about our impending medical marijuana industry. People want to know how to get patient cards, how to open dispensaries, and how to operate grow sites. And they’ll pay hundreds of dollars for a guide.

For more information about marketing a medical marijuana dispensary, navigating the application process, and the cost of classes, check out their article: Arizona Dispensary University Class Offers Expensive Education on the Medical Marijuana Business.

As an aside, for a business that is selling marketing advice, Arizona Dispensary University has a horrible website. Hey, buddy, do yourself a favor and use some of your profits from the classes to hire a web designer!

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  4. Magnum
    December 7, 2010

    Honestly, this guy is a cancer. He has never opened a dispensary. He has no experience in this industry but he does know there are suckers. I mean think about it, this guy is intending to open a dispensary himself; why would he help others? Considering that it will be very competitive to get a license, doesnt that become a conflict of interest? Would you want advice from your competition? Not to mention the first rule of the Dispensary business is “do not bring yourself a lot of attention!” That pisses off the feds and you get f-d. Look at this moron. He’s got a giant flag and “marijuana” is in every business name. Please stop this virus from spreading, he’s going to ruin the chances of a lot of hard working people to get a license.

    And the fact that he also offers web site design services “fully optimized”? Seriously, was this his first attempt? I wish the media would stop giving this guy so much attention. He needs to get pwned.


    • Pamela Powers
      December 8, 2010

      @Magnum, a cancer? He’s a capitalist! (I’ll let you and the other readers decide the connection between those two descriptors. Heh, heh, heh.) Did you read the New Times article I linked to? They somewhat politely revealed the MJ U entrepreneur as a scam artist. No, he’s not opening a dispensary; that would be difficult. He’s just making money off of the hopefuls.
      Arizona’s teetotaling bureaucrats (who don’t know how to manage the implementation of Prop 203 or how to decide who gets a license) + the waffling Arizona Bar Association open the door for scam artists like the MJ U entrepreneur. People want help and information; he’s providing it. (Whether the information is valuable or worth the cost is debatable.)
      If the Arizona Bar Association would get off the dime and make a decision about helping would-be marijuana distributors, lawyers could get in the game, make some serious cash, and cut into MJ U’s clientele.
      As W.C. Fields said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” And the capitalists are banking on it. Thanks for your comment.


  5. Kevin Hardin
    December 27, 2010

    Do not buy any stories about the AZ Bar being confused or delaying any decision on AZ Attorneys representing Medical Marijuana. They clearly rolled out an advisory last month that there will be NO Disciplinary proceedings against Attorneys advising Medical Marijuana clients. Our firm, Thomson Law, PLC has been assisting clients with Statutory and Regulatory issues in AZ for over 20 years and have several Medical Marijuana Dispensary Clients. We are not the only firm assisting clients with getting properly formed, securing locations, applying for the proper special use permits and the key Dispensary License.
    Prop 203 is very important to the state as well as those that finally get an opportunity to treat their illness and issues in a better way. But, getting answers from a non legal professional to do something that if done wrong has both civil and criminal consequences is a disaster. If those that are looking to open a Non Profit Medical Marijuana Dispensary in AZ are running into Attorneys that are unwilling to assist, Keep Calling till you find one.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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