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All The Reasons To Use Medical Cannabis Over Street Cannabis

May 19, 2020 in General News

The supply chain of medical cannabis products has been disrupted during the pandemic. I know it may be difficult for you to find everything you need at your dispensary and that money is tight at the moment. You may be very tempted to buy from the black market, but I implore you to resist doing so. In this article I explain the many reasons why you should continue to buy from your local dispensary.

Laboratory Testing Keeps You Safe

The fact that every product for sale in a dispensary has been laboratory tested should give you peace of mind when purchasing your medicine.  This is what laboratories test for and what they exclude:

  • Mycotoxins – fungus, mold, mildew, yeast
  • Toxins
  • Poisons
  • Heavy metals
  • Bacterial pathogens such as listeria, salmonella and e.coli
  • Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides
  • Solvents, residual or otherwise
  • Prohibited growth regulators
  • Other harmful chemicals

Harmful Additives Found In Black Market Cannabis Products

The sheer number of harmful substances that are added to black market products is so immense that it is difficult to keep up. Here are just a few of the additives you may find in your cannabis products:

These are added to try and fool people into thinking that they contain terpenes:

  1. Food coloring
  2. Perfumes
  3. Essential oils
  4. Fruit rinds
  5. Chemicals

The following drugs have been found in black market cannabis products:

  1. Cocaine
  2. Heroin
  3. Amphetamines
  4. Ketamine
  5. A fungicide, which when burned can turn into hydrogen cyanide, was found in several types of vape cartridges

There are no lab tests with black market products!

Accurate Labeling of Cannabinoid/Terpene Content

Those patients who have used trial and error to find the products that provide the most benefits know what cannabinoid and terpene content to look for when choosing products. All of this information is listed on the labels at every medical cannabis dispensary. This is very helpful when a certain preferred strain is not available. Patients can consult with their patient care consultant to find a strain with a similar profile.

Many More Delivery Methods At Dispensaries

When you shop at your local dispensary, you have many choices of delivery methods; flower and shake, edibles, tinctures, topicals, concentrates and oils, vape cartridges and pens, transdermal patches and suppositories and so much more!

Your black market dealer has flower, maybe shake, maybe a few edibles and most likely the dangerous vape cartridges.

The Importance of Patient Care Consultants 

Another important reason for purchasing products at a dispensary is to receive the expertise of patient care consultants, especially when you are starting your cannabis journey. They will help you with dosing guidelines which can be very difficult, especially for new patients with no experience using cannabis products. Regarding dosing, it is important to be aware that the goal is to use the least amount of cannabis necessary to control your medical conditions. This will save you money and potentially save you from building up an intolerance.

You will get no dosing or product recommendations from your black market dealer.

Support Your Local and State Economy

The taxes generated by your medical cannabis purchases goes back into your city and state economies. In Maryland, the public schools receive a large proportion of the tax revenue. It also goes towards supporting police and fire departments, public parks and libraries and cannabis reform laws.

Your black market dollars definitely do not go back into your local or state economies!

Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Improve Their Neighborhoods

The argument that medical cannabis dispensaries will attract criminals and harm children is completely spurious. In fact, the opposite is true. Here is how the presence of dispensaries improves their neighborhoods:

  • Complementary businesses move into the area which benefits the entire community
  • Property values increase
  • More people on the streets leads to a decrease of criminal activity
  • High level of security at dispensaries also depresses crime
  • Sales to minors are curtailed

Medical Cannabis Cultivation Benefits the Environment

All of the rules and regulations regarding growing medical cannabis products not only keeps the consumer safe, but it also contributes to keeping the environment safer.

Black market growers do not care about the environment and use harmful pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides which find their way into rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater.

Uphold The Law by Supporting Your Medical Cannabis Dispensary

This is fairly obvious, but when you purchase products at a dispensary, you are acting within the law of your state. In Maryland, recreational cannabis was decriminalized in 2014. If you are caught by the police with black market cannabis, you are subject to the following sanctions:

  1. Possession of less than 10 gm is considered a civil offense with no jail time, but it carries a maximum fine of $100.
  2. 10gm to up to 50 lbs is considered a misdemeanor with 1 year of jail time and a $1,000 fine.
  3. 50 lbs or more is a felony with 5 years of jail time and a $100,000 fine.

By supporting the black market, you are potentially aiding and abetting violent crimes.

Contribute to Cannabis Industry Reforms

By spending your cannabis dollars at dispensaries, you are helping to improve the entire industry. Your feedback is extremely important to growers and dispensary owners. Their main concern is to provide outstanding customer support, always striving to improve the quality of their products. No dispensary wants to carry mediocre products!

Please support Bloom Medicinals Maryland!, 7 Really Good Reasons to Buy Marijuana at a Dispensary Rather than a Dealer, Nov. 6, 2019, Arkansas Marijuana Laws, Aug. 19, 2019, Kim Nunley, The Positive Impact of Legal Dispensaries on the Communities They Operate In, Nov. 2017, Report: Lab Tests Find Cyanide in 15 of 15 Black Market THC Vape Carts, Oct. 7, 2019

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