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April 25, 2012

How to Open a Dispensary in California

FREE Expert Guidance From a Dispensary Owner On How To Start a Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary in California

Dear Friend:

Welcome to Start-A-Dispensary,

My name is Matt Jacobsen and I’ve been a staunch activist in the medical marijuana start a dispensarymovement for the past decade. In that time, I’ve operated and assisted several dispensaries at once. As a devoted activist of the movement, it is my goal to see that medical marijuana becomes widespread and everyone seeking to open a dispensary is able to, so I’d like to share my knowledge with you, free of charge.

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  • The #1 most overlooked factor when it comes to opening a dispensary that can make a huge impact on its acceptance…
  • What’s legal and what isn’t and how to structure your dispensary in a legal way that guarantees it will stay open…
  • How to approach the city/community you’re in and having them actually want you to be there!
  • How to approach law enforcement and have them work along side you and support you instead of hinder you…
  • A plan to earn a substantial amount of revenue (to be reinvested back into your non-profit)
  • The most important forms and applications you need to get started…
  • How to find a location (landlords arent always open to the idea but you’ll learn how to change that)…
  • How to grow your own medicine with as high quality as possible and to also help you be as profitable as possible…
  • The exact medications patients want so you are successful right away…

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The information contained in this website is not legal advice, and is for general educational purposes only. We are not endorsing any action. No attorney-client relationship is being formed between you and Scot Candell P.C., Cannabis College HQ nor any other affiliates mentioning this site by viewing this program. You are strongly advised to seek advice of legal counsel before taking part in the medical marijuana industry. Please be mindful that the possession, use, and distribution of cannabis is a Federal crime pursuant to the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Please also understand that even under California State law, possession, use, and distribution of cannabis is still listed as a crime, though if it is for medical use there is an affirmative defense for qualifying patients as defined by Prop 215 and SB420.”

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Question 1

My Goal is to start a dispensary legitimately in California.

What are the paperwork requirements needed to legitimately open
a dispensary and how do you fill them out because I’ve asked many
dispensary owners and they said that they stopped giving MMJ
licenses or they usually don’t take me serious because of my age.

Question 2

Do I need to get a Medical Marijuana License to Operate a Dispensary
Legally in California?

Question 3

I am and have been interested in opening a dispensary in California
but have read many horror stories that actually kept me away from it, I am
sure that there is a lot of red tape to get the permits plus other goodies.

What is involved in getting a license to open a dispensary in California?

Question 4

In California, do you need to have vendors/growers/suppliers lined up before
opening?

Question 5

How do you find medicine suppliers in California?

I know they will come to you once you are open, but what about before?
Do I have to form some sort of organization for this?

Question 6

What is the average cost to open a dispensary in California?

Funding is a problem, what are ways to get funding to start this
kind of operation?

Question 7

Can you tell me how to get the permits I need to open
a dispensary in California?

Question 8

What is the best way to get a loan to cover costs of opening a
dispensary in California?

Question 9

What are the current best ways to work with prospective landlords
if I want to open a storefront dispensary in California?

Question 10

What kind of federal action has been happening lately with dispensaries
in California?

Question 11

Most of the news I have seen recently indicate that the feds are putting more
pressure on dispensaries and growers. Any opinions on the long and short terms
outlook for the industry?

Question 12

Ive heard some operate in California through a non profit mutual benefit
corporation and others through a non profit unincorporated association.

What is the difference? Is one better than the other?

Question 13

Do you have the information to start a non profit and what should I call
the non profit?

Question 14

Storefront Dispensary vs. Delivery Service in California… Difference and Pros/Cons?

Question 15

What amount of money should I allocate in my start-up budget to cover all the fees
(business and governmental) for a Dispensary, Farming and Delivery Service in Los Angeles?

Question 16

Can a business farm and deliver to its members without having the dispensary/storefront
operation in California?

Question 17

How much time should I allot for any application processes in California, assuming all the
applications are properly filled out and submitted for each- a Dispensary service,
Farming Operation, and Delivery Service.

Question 18

What are the general rules in California when selecting a location for a storefront
Dispensary with regard to proximity to schools, churches, parks, playgrounds, and
places like that?

Question 19

My question is to start selling to dispensaries would I have to get licensed for that
or do I just walk in and sell them what I have? Or what do I do?

Question 20

I would like to open a dispensary in California but I am concerned that I could be
closed down and still liable the lease to my landlord- not to mention out of most
of my start-up costs. What is actually going on with the closing of some dispensaries
in California?

Question 21

Are there certain areas or cities in California that seem to be more open and lenient
to allowing medical marijuana dispensaries?

Question 22

Ive just recently turned 19 and I am receiving money in structured settlement payments.

I would really like to start my first small business in this booming green industry
but really need a strong foundation before investing my money into this industry.

So.. I’m just wondering if you have any tips in getting started?

Question 23

How do you get growers to donate medicine if they don’t know you?

Question 24

Is there a special permit that I can get that will allow me to transport larger
amounts- say like 2 lbs., through different counties in the state of California?

Question 25

Can you give an overall summary of how to do everything compliant legally in the state of California?

Click Here For Matt’s Message To Everyone:



Question 1

My Goal is to start a dispensary legitimately in California.

What are the paperwork requirements needed to legitimately open
a dispensary and how do you fill them out because Ive asked many
dispensary owners and they said that they stopped giving MMJ
licenses or they usually don’t take me serious because of my age.

Question 2

Do I need to get a Medical Marijuana License to Operate a Dispensary
Legally in California?

Question 3

I am and have been interested in opening a dispensary in California
but have read many horror stories that actually kept me away from it, I am
sure that there is a lot of red tape to get the permits plus other goodies.

What is involved in getting a license to open a dispensary in California?

Question 4

In California, do you need to have vendors/growers/suppliers lined up before
opening?

Question 5

How do you find medicine suppliers in California?

Question 6

What is the average cost to open a dispensary in California?

Funding is a problem, what are ways to get funding to start this
kind of operation?

Question 7

Can you tell me how to get the permits I need to open
a dispensary in California?

Question 8

What is the best way to get a loan to cover costs of opening a
dispensary in California?

Question 9

What are the current best ways to work with prospective landlords
if I want to open a storefront dispensary in California?

Question 10

What kind of federal action has been happening lately with dispensaries
in California?

Question 11

Most of the news I have seen recently indicate that the feds are putting more
pressure on dispensaries and growers. Any opinions on the long and short terms
outlook for the industry?

Question 12

Ive heard some operate in California through a non profit mutual benefit
corporation and others through a non profit unincorporated association.

What is the difference? Is one better than the other?

Question 13

Do you have the information to start a non profit and what should I call
the non profit?

Question 14

Storefront Dispensary vs. Delivery Service in California… Difference and Pros/Cons?

Question 15

What amount of money should I allocate in my start-up budget to cover all the fees
(business and governmental) for a Dispensary, Farming and Delivery Service in Los Angeles?

Question 16

Can a business farm and deliver to its members without having the dispensary/storefront
operation in California?

Question 17

How much time should I allot for any application processes in California, assuming all the
applications are properly filled out and submitted for each- a Dispensary service,
Farming Operation, and Delivery Service.

Question 18

What are the general rules in California when selecting a location for a storefront
Dispensary with regard to proximity to schools, churches, parks, playgrounds, and
places like that?

Question 19

My question is to start selling to dispensaries would I have to get licensed for that
or do I just walk in and sell them what I have? Or what do I do?

Question 20

I would like to open a dispensary in California but I am concerned that I could be
closed down and still liable the lease to my landlord- not to mention out of most
of my start-up costs. What is actually going on with the closing of some dispensaries
in California?

Question 21

Are there certain areas or cities in California that seem to be more open and lenient
to allowing medical marijuana dispensaries?

Question 22

Ive just recently turned 19 and I am receiving money in structured settlement payments.

I would really like to start my first small business in this booming green industry
but really need a strong foundation before investing my money into this industry.

So.. I’m just wondering if you have any tips in getting started?

Question 23

How do you get growers to donate medicine if they don’t know you?

Question 24

Is there a special permit that I can get that will allow me to transport larger
amounts- say like 2 lbs., through different counties in the state of California?

Question 25

Can you give an overall summary of how to do everything compliant legally in the state of California?



Matt’s Message To Everyone:

We’re also going to be doing live webinars once a week that will have the top medical marijuana attorneys from each state that will cover a certain aspect of the process and will also be available to answer any questions you have in a Q&A format. Its going to be amazing!! We’re so excited for it and you will be even more excited. I truly hope everyone can join. Ill be posting the link here for it when its available and I’ll also email everyone so everybody has enough time to arrange for it. This is your time to get the exact help you need from all of us together at once so take full advantage of it!!

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Peace, Prosperity, Health and Good Vibrations to all!

-Matt

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