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Never get high on your own supply. That classic piece of advice comes from Tony Montana in Scarface. But Pejman “Vincent” Mehdizadeh, a 36-year-old medical marijuana entrepreneur based out of Los Angeles, thinks the credo applies to dispensary workers just as much as cocaine kingpins. In fact, the way he sees it, business owners would be better off relying on a giant safe than a human being. That was the idea behind Medbox — the Redbox of medical weed.
But critics say the company is a sham and point to Mehdizadeh’s criminal and legal past as evidence that Floridians shoauld keep their money as far away from him as possible. Read the full story at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.


As the cannabis movement goes more main stream, the hucksters, frauds, snake oil salesmen, and get-rich-quick types are coming out of the woodwork. Nowhere does such a low-level life form thrive better than on the world wide web.
But while information becomes more readily available online, reliable information becomes more of a rare and valued commodity – particularly when it comes to pot. The charlatans trying to profit on the cannabis boom know this, and they are quite literally in a race to cash in as large as possible before the capitalistic opportunity of a lifetime dries up.
This haste – and its consequences – has been demonstrated time and again in the grey-collar world of trading weed-related stocks. As despicable as this practice of pumping and dumping pot stocks is, at least they are targeting adults.

A marijuana vending machine in Colorado.

At Arizona’s BC Wellness Center, a small retail shop in Black Canyon City, two black vending machines sit side by side behind a counter, where they can be accessed only by employees.Instead of Famous Amos cookies or soda pop, packets of buds and various cannabis-infused edibles and juices sit tucked into the rows of dispensing trays.
The machines are the flagship product of Medbox, one of the fastest-growing companies in the burgeoning industry of legal marijuana. Or, are they? Phoenix New Times‘ Ray Stern looks into a company that many of us in the legal marijuana world have yet to actually see despite how popular the company claims to be.
While you’re at it, check out this March 2013 piece on MedBox from our own Jack Daniel, “Helpful or Hype?”

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Gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, with the Sal Sagev Hotel becoming the state’s first legal casino. Fast forward 82 years, and quite a bit has changed, not just in Las Vegas, but across the state.
In the home of Sin City, it’s hard to imagine being the “first” to do anything. But last weekend, Robert Calkin and the California-based Cannabis Career Institute did just that, when they hosted nearly 70 students for Nevada’s first-ever medical marijuana school.

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Innovation is inevitable in any industry, and the field of medical marijuana is no different. With laws already in the books in 18 states and more on the way, investors who might not know their Blue Chips from their Blue Dream are flocking to these regions to stake their claim in what they see as the next big commodity.
White-collar Wall Street-types can certainly see the budding upside to sinking money into dispensaries, growing operations, and other cannabis related retail outlets. But those potential gains are often outweighed by the prospects of inventory control, employee management, product naiveté. And of course, the grey area that exists in all current state-level medical marijuana laws that fly in the face of Federal statute. Cue MedBox.


Medbox, Inc., which manufactures medical marijuana vending machines, has filed a lawsuit in Arkansas against Jerry Cox and the Family Council Action Committee (FCAC) for their use of the company’s trademarked imagery “in a derogatory fashion” during a press conference objecting to a medical marijuana ballot measure in the state.

During the anti-medical marijuana press conference, Cox stood next to a cardboard cutout of a Medbox machine and claimed, “It’s just yet another way to put more marijuana into the hands of the public. These machines … don’t run 8 to 5. They run 24/7.”
Medbox said they filed the lawsuit because they believe that Cox and the FCAC have “tarnished the image and the technology of the company.”
“Our machines are used for controlled and compliant dispensing of traditional medications in assisted living facilities, hospitals, urgent care centers and pharmacies, as well as in alternative medicine dispensaries — where the systems are placed behind the counter and are an important tool in improving and maintaining compliance,” a Medbox officer rebuked in a statement that was also sent to Cox and the FCAC. “We believe that the negative image portrayed in this press conference has harmed our company.”

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MDS says its MedBox machines are the most secure and transparent method to assure patient verification and compliance

​Want to run a medical marijuana dispensary in the Grand Canyon State? A California-based firm is consulting with companies, groups and individuals on the steps necessary to successfully complete their applications to establish medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona.

To date, Medicine Dispensing Systems, Inc. (MDS), a subsidiary of Medbox, Inc., says it has been hired to consult for more than 60 individuals and small groups vying for approval of dispensary certification applications in Arizona, which are limited to a total of 124 approvals statewide.
Arizona votes approved Ballot Proposition 203 in 2010. Prop 203 allows registered qualifying patients who have a physician’s written certification that they have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition that would likely receive benefit from marijuana, to obtain the product from a registered nonprofit dispensary, and to possess and use medical marijuana to treat the condition.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently dropped her lawsuit which had put the application process on temporary hold, and now the Arizona Department of Health Services expects to begin accepting dispensary applications as soon as April.

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​Gus Escamilla, the founder and CEO of Greenway University in Denver, plans to offer fledgling Arizona dispensaries an education in the business of medicinal cannabis.

His team helped open more than 225 dispensaries in California, Colorado and the western United States, according to Escamilla, reports John Yantis at The Arizona Republic.
“The demographic that we recognized, it’s not the 21- to 28-year-olds,” Escamilla said of prospective dispensary owners. “It’s the 35- to 65-year-olds, the displaced professionals, the people that want to get into this industry in total and complete compliance with the state laws or jurisdiction that they live in.”
Later this month, Greenway University, which says its curriculum is provisionally approved by a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, plans a two-day, $295 seminar in Scottsdale. Students can learn about the political and legal issues surrounding marijuana, as well as how to grow the herb and prepare it in a snack form called edibles.