PHOENIX – Medical marijuana dispensaries have been blocked from opening in Arizona but a new "club" opened in Phoenix on Monday, giving patients another option for getting their medicine.
Vickie Smith is learning everything about medical marijuana use and she’s getting quick answers because she’s now a member of the new 2811 Medical Marijuana Club.
“I get to spend time with other people with conditions like mine or something similar, going through the same thing, the same learning process that I’m going through and we can share ideas,” Smith said.
Soft music and soft lighting create a comfortable setting. A short distance away, marijuana is actually being handed out for free.
“Right now, they’re giving away one-eighth of an ounce to every member that comes in here today,” said Club 2811 general manager Allan Sobol.
He said this is not for everyone, only people who have a state-approved medical marijuana card.
“This is intended as an educational and resource center," Sobol said. "It’s designed to allow networking amongst patients and caregivers and other people in the industry.”
With the dispensary portion of the program still on hold, patients are looking for other legal outlets to get cannabis. Club 2811 is doing that and much more.
“Some people called us up and said, ‘Are you crazy? You can’t do this,’ but the fact of the matter is we’ve been very transparent about what we’ve done here, we’ve contacted every law enforcement in the state,” Sobol said.
If you’d like more information about this new medical marijuana club, you can find it on their website.