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Archive for February 2012

It’s 2012 and many in the medical marijuana community are gearing up for a politically historic year and one filled with Cannabis Cups.

Arizona has seemingly been left out of the celebrations, what with the numerous federal lawsuits and legal stalling from our dear Governor. All of the hullabaloo surrounding the legalization of marijuana for medical patients within the our borders has served to not only frustrate the voters, but also delay medical care for our sick and create even more bad press for an already embattled (and boycotted) state.

When unfortunate events occur, there is always an opportunity to turn things around. Our ray of sunshine may just lie in a little thing called a Cannabis Cup.

California has been holding annual cannabis celebrations for years. Then Colorado followed.  Now, it seems Michigan has jumped aboard.

The Scoop on Medical Cannabis Cups

Cannabis Cups are wonderful events that serve a myriad of positive goals for both the cannabis community and the public at large. First, let’s talk education.  Providers of medical marijuana and its associated products come together to compete for distinguished “best of” titles. The main event consists of growers vying for the prestige of being officially recognized for cultivating the finest strains across various categories. With the presence of these agriculturists come all other corners of the medical marijuana industry: caregivers, lawmakers, spokespeople, the arts, co-ops, apothecaries, schools, growing equipment, and an impressive assortment of clever and effective delivery methods. With the representatives from the entire community present, there is tremendous educational opportunity. New patients and recreational users might discover the real laws of use instead of abiding by rumors. Children and non-users might identify ways of responsible use and ailments that are eased through the administration of marijuana. Veterans of the cannabis movement will have their passion for legalization rekindled and find enlightenment on all the technological and political advancements.

Along with this education comes the knowledge of safe access. Current and future users know which local businesses they can support and trust to supply the relief weed brings responsibly and lawfully. And good business is good for everyone.

Will We See a Medical Cannabis Cup in AZ?

If Arizona’s Cannabis Cup is presented professionally and respectfully of those who don’t necessarily agree with us, the cause may enjoy some good PR. And we all know good PR and tourism coexist. If we can “get it right” we have the potential to enjoy years of a prosperous state economy propped up by a new source of tax dollars and a resurgence of tourism money. Arizona is poised to be a model for other states looking to follow suit and a beacon of hope for those suffering with cannabinoid-curable diseases.

We Arizonans cannot be afraid to start small. Though the Department of Health Services is only beginning to revisit licensing, we know there are many local marijuana-related businesses eager to organize and promote an event like a Cannabis Cup. The Medical Marijuana Movement truly is a grassroots undertaking.  As such, we at The Arizona Dispensary are calling on our neighbors and partners to join us in showing the world what a great place Arizona really is!