Grand Opening Festivities Feature Job Fair, Patient Fair and Open House
One year after Arizona residents voted to legalize medical marijuana, things are falling into place for patients in Phoenix to get safe access to their medicine.
The doors of Elements Caregiver Collective, which calls itself “the one-stop-shop for medical marijuana, wellness services and products,” will open with a job fair, patient fair and grand opening event on Sunday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The caregiver collective, located 12620 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, said it offers a secure, safe, environment for caregivers to provide wellness services and cannabis to patient members.
The collective said it will be filling 200 open positions for cultivating and non-cultivating caregivers at the job fair sponsored by Cannajobs. There are positions available at Elements for all levels of expertise including massage therapists, chefs, medical personnel, administrative assistants, drivers, instructors, psychologists, writers, customer service associates and of course, master growers.
Bob Calkin, Cannajobs: “This is a multi-billion dollar industry that offers tremendous employment opportunity for people interested in the field”
”This is a multi-billion dollar industry that offers tremendous employment opportunity for people interested in the field,” said Bob Calkin, executive director of Cannajobs. “With proper training and facilities like Elements, the opportunity is limitless.”
In addition to the job fair on Nov. 13, there will be tours of the facility with a firsthand look at the state-of-the-art SmartVend™ technology, cooking demos, herbal tea samples, massages, and a chance to try the oxygen bar, according to Elements.
Ivy League Gardening and Cloud Nine Smoke Shop will be conducting cultivation classes and live glassblowing techniques in their stores across the street from Elements. Dr. Elaine Burns, an Arizona-licensed and board-certified naturopathic doctor, has an office near Elements and will be providing qualified patients with an exam, and where appropriate, recommendations.
Industry associations such as Phoenix NORML will be onsite soliciting signatures to add post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a debilitating illness. The event is open to the public and will include free food, drinks and prize giveaways.
“The Elements Caregiver Collective reflects the Arizona law in its current condition,” said co-developer of the Elements model, Ingrid Joiya. “This collective brings qualified caregivers and patients together so that patients can receive quality medicine in a controlled environment by their registered, licensed caregivers.
“Unlike many of the compassion clubs that take advantage of a loophole in the law, Elements exceeds the zoning and operational requirements that were originally established by the Arizona Department of Health,” Joiya said. “This is truly Arizona’s first professional caregiver collective.”
The collective is member-based, offering monthly or daily membership packages where patients receive access to quality-tested top strains of medicine, cannabis and non-cannabis edibles, wellness services, cannabis infused massages, counseling, education classes and service discount benefits.
Cannabis is donated for reasonable reimbursement by licensed cultivating caregivers and the medicine is independently tested by AZ Med Testing and, if qualified, certified by Cultivation Management Services, according to Elements.
Elements says its entire staff will be “extremely well trained” by Cannabis Career Institute and will be available to consult on a one-on-one basis with patients to address their individual needs. Elements staff members do not accept cash; members will use biometric technology and a smart card to access their medicine through SmartVend™ technology.
As part of the collective’s community outreach program, Elements said up to 10 percent of all proceeds each month will be donated to a charitable organization representing patients afflicted by a qualified illness. The collective said it also provides membership to low-income patients through its association with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association (AZMMA).
Elements Caregiver Collective will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call 602-493-4000 or visit www.elementsaz.org.