Frequently Asked Questions About Kind Clinics

You Have Questions, Kind Clinics Has the Answers

Here you will find answers to the most common questions related to owning and operating a dispensary and also detailed answers to state specific medical marijuana questions for business owners and patients. 

 

 

Dispensary Q & A

How often do I need to stock the dispensing machine and can I use my existing medicine containers?

It is recommended that you stock the machine daily. The machine is designed to handle standard medicine vials.

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How long does it take to open a store?

Each location is different, depending on a variety of factors, including dispensary selection, build-out requirements and training.  However, it typically takes approximately 2 weeks from securing your site location to your opening day of business.

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What are the profit projections?

Profits depend on many variables. However, we encourage you to speak with current turn-key business operators to find out their experiences is possible during the application process.

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What kind of training can I expect?

On-site training is included with your purchase. From stocking your dispensary machine to following your local laws, an on-site representative will help lead you in the right direction.

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What if my customers don’t like pre-weighed amounts and want to see and inspect the medicine after it’s dispensed through the machine?

After the medicine is dispensed through the machine, the patient has the option of bringing the medicine to the medicine display counter for inspection and re-weighing by your dispensary’s personnel.

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What if I have more than 50 different strains at my dispensary?

The dispensary machine can be configured to meet your specific dispensary needs.

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Can I open a dispensary with all your technology and not use the Kind Clinic name?

Absolutely.  We are here to support you and help you be successful in any way you will allow us.  That said, if you prefer to name your clinic something different an choose not to join our co-operative marketing campaign, then feel free.  It would be our pleasure to help you get started on your own without your having to join the Kind Clinic marketing campaign.

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Arizona Q & A

Will there be dispensaries on every corner?

No. The truth is that there is a strict limit on the number of dispensaries allowed Arizona. There will be one dispensary for every ten pharmacies in the state. Based on the current number of pharmacies, that means there will be a total of 124 dispensaries in the entire state.

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In what other states does Kind Clinics have dispensaries?

We have many dispensaries  in California and growing.  We  are in the process of opening dispensaries in New Jersey, Oregon, Arizona and in discussions with policymakers in many other states.

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What makes your clinics safe? Could anyone get access to marijuana?

Our dispensaries are tightly controlled.

The system only dispenses medicine to patients that are in the database, have a valid (unexpired) physician’s statement on file, and can verify their identity via a fingerprint scan taken at the machine.

Our machines are housed in safe, free standing Kind Clinic storefronts. and will have a clerk, physically on the premises during all hours of operation.

The patented medicine dispensing machine and software technology has been featured on CNN, Reuter’s, Associated Press, BBC, ABC, and many other news sources.

The machine can be placed in the clinic’s patient waiting area or inside the dispensing room for patients that want quick and convenient access to their medicine. After the medicine is dispensed through the machine, the patient has the option of bringing the medicine to the medicine display counter for inspection and re-weighing by clinic personnel.

Our newly designed machine allows patients the choice of up to 50 different varieties of medicine via touch-screen user interface. Besides giving alternative medicine pharmacy (clinic) patrons the ability to have round-the-clock access to their medicine (where legally permitted), the machine is the most comprehensive inventory management tool for clinic operators in existence.

Patients are given prepaid contribution cards and their accounts are automatically debited every time they visit the machine. Thus, not only is inventory tracked, but income generated by the clinic is tracked via computer based application. Truly a must have for all clinic operators that wish to demonstrate compliance with their local and state laws relative to medicinal cannabis.

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Why a machine?

We wanted to provide patients, dispensaries, and the communities they serve an ironclad way of documenting compliance with their local and state laws while giving a powerful inventory management tool to alternative medicine pharmacy operators. If marijuana is to ever be taken seriously as a medicine, a standard method of dispensing must be in place, similar to that found in the pharmacy industry. Our machine does exactly that and more. Our patented machine and software allows patients and marijuana clinics to work in concert with state and local authorities in order to promote overall integrity and legitimacy in the industry.

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Does the machine accept cash?

The machine does not accept cash directly. Patients would need to donate cash to the collective by giving cash or credit card to the clinic’s personnel at the counter after their identity and right to obtain medicine is confirmed. Then the clinic personnel would apply credits on your Kind Clinics Debit Card. The patient can then take the Kind Clinic Card and slide it through the machine and choose which medicine they desire and in what amounts.

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Have other states legalized marijuana for medical use?

15 states have legalized medical marijuana, they include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island,[Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Washington State; Maryland allows for reduced penalties if cannabis use has a medical basis.

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What about the Federal Government?

On 19 October 2009 the U.S. Deputy Attorney General issued a U.S. Department of Justice memorandum to “All United States Attorneys” providing clarification and guidance to federal prosecutors in the states that have enacted laws authorizing the medical use of marijuana. The document is intended solely as “a guide to the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion and as guidance on resource allocation and federal priorities.” The memorandum does not change any laws. Sale of cannabis remains illegal under federal law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s position, that marijuana has no accepted value in the treatment of any disease in the United States, has also remained the same.

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Could patients purchase an unlimited amount of marijuana?

No. All patients in the state would be entered into a networked database to which all dispensaries would be linked. To purchase marijuana at any dispensary, a patient would have to provide a personalized ID card from the state. By linking sales to the patient’s ID card, it will be possible to enforce the provision prohibiting patients from acquiring more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana collectively in any two-week period.

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What are some of the medical conditions marijuana is used for?

Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis c, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions.

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

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If we make medical marijuana legal in Arizona, will more teens use marijuana?

There is nothing in past experience to suggest that marijuana use would increase among teens if this initiative passes. When you look at before-and-after data, you’ll see the truth is that changes in teen use patterns in states that have passed medical marijuana laws have largely been consistent with national trends; which is to say teen use has consistently fallen since the mid-nineties. In fact, all but one state that has passed a medical marijuana law has seen a decrease in lifetime teen marijuana use since that law was passed.

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Would qualified patients be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana?

Prop. 203 does not authorize patients to operate a car, aircraft or motorboat under the influence of marijuana.
Under the Arizona Legislative Council’s analysis of Prop. 203, patients would not be considered to be under the influence of marijuana just for having the drug in their system, as long as the concentration was deemed insufficient to impair them.

If a driver was pulled over, police would verify his or her patient status by running the driver’s identification through an electronic database managed by the health department.

Although there is no device to immediately detect whether a person is high on marijuana, police have ways to tell whether he or she is impaired by alcohol or other drugs, according to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department. Police can conduct field-sobriety tests specific to drug use and can draw blood. If the blood tests positive for marijuana, police can obtain probable cause to investigate further.

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Can we expect more crime around the dispensaries?

To answer this question, it is best to listen to people with actual experience. For example, recent news coverage indicates that no such connection exists in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where there are a large number of dispensaries. Law enforcement officials have concluded that the dispensaries have not resulted in a level of crime distinguishable from other businesses.

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Will employers be prohibited from doing anything if an employee gets high on the job?

No. The initiative, for good reason, was written to ensure that patient-employees would not be discriminated against simply because they use marijuana for their illness during non-work hours. If an employee is under the influence of marijuana at work, an employer would not be prohibited from disciplining that employee.

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What does the passing of Proposition 203 mean?

Thousands of seriously ill patients will benefit from having safe, reliable and legal access to a medicine that helps them cope with their suffering. Today, there are many patients whose lives could be improved through the use of marijuana, yet they must suffer instead out of fear that they might get arrested or because they do not know where to go to find the medicine they need.

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Do Arizonans support medical marijuana?

65% of Arizona voters support the medical use of marijuana, according to a February 2009 poll. And voters have already passed medical marijuana initiatives twice in the state, in 1996 and 1998. Unfortunately, due to a technical error in the wording of these laws, patients have been unable to access this critical medicine. Prop 203 closes this loophole and give patients the protection and peace of mind.

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Connecticut Q & A

What is the new Connecticut legislation legalizing the use of medical marijuana?

Public Act 12-55, An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana, passed by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Dannell Malloy on May 31, 2012, requires the Department of Consumer Protection to issue temporary patient registration certificates for the palliative use of marijuana starting on October 1, 2012.

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What does the passing of Public Act 12-55 mean?

Thanks to this considerate and humane action on the part of the Connecticut Legislature and Governor, thousands of seriously ill patients will benefit from having safe, reliable and legal access to a medicine that helps them cope with their suffering. There are many patients whose lives could be improved through the use of marijuana, yet they suffer instead out of fear that they might get arrested or because they lack access to the medicine they need. This inequity will now be erased in Connecticut.

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Who will be eligible to purchase medical marijuana in Connecticut?

To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome, Crohn’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age and be a resident of Connecticut. Prison inmates, or others under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, will not qualify, regardless of their medical condition.

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What about other medical conditions for which patients could benefit from medical marijuana?

An eight-member Board of Physicians will be established by the Department of Consumer Protection, comprising physicians or surgeons who are board-certified in one of the following specialties: Neurology, pain medicine, pain management, medical oncology, psychiatry, infectious disease, family medicine or gynecology. The board will recommend to the Department of Consumer Protection additional medical conditions, medical treatments, or diseases to be added to the list of medical conditions that qualify for the palliative use of marijuana. To be added as a qualifying condition, such recommendations will have to be approved by the Department and implemented by the adoption of a regulation.

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What will a physician have to do to certify the use of medical marijuana for a patient?

Physicians will not “prescribe” marijuana in the same way other medications are prescribed to patients. Rather, the Department of Consumer Protection will develop a form that a physician may use to issue a written certification that a particular patient has been diagnosed with a disease that makes the patient eligible for the palliative use of marijuana and, based on a medically reasonable assessment of the patient’s medical history and medical condition, the potential benefits to the patient from the palliative use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks. This assessment will have to be made in the course of a bona fide physician-patient relationship. In addition, the physician will have to explain the potential risks and benefits of palliative marijuana use to the patient or their legal guardian.

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Will every pharmacy in the state dispense medical marijuana?

No, pharmacies will not be licensed to dispense marijuana; only licensed pharmacists will be able to make application for dispensary licenses and operate State Licensed dispensaries, through the Department of Consumer Protection.

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Who will grow the marijuana?

Neither Kind Clinics nor Medbox is engaged in the sale, distribution, or cultivation of any products dispensed through its machines. We are simply a consulting firm and technology retailer. We are helping individuals and groups obtain licenses for dispensaries and cultivation facilities in newly approved medical marijuana states and give them a competitive advantage in the application process and beyond through the use of our patented technology.

Only producers licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection will be authorized under the bill to cultivate marijuana. The Department of Consumer Protection will establish regulations setting out the qualifications for licensed producers. Among other things, any person seeking to be licensed as a producer will have to demonstrate they have the financial capacity to build and operate a secure indoor facility that could grow pharmaceutical-grade marijuana and the ability to maintain adequate controls to prevent the diversion, theft or loss of the marijuana in their facility.

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Do Connecticut citizens support medical marijuana?

In polls taken prior to the Legislative vote, a majority of Connecticut residents and many medical professionals indicated they support the medical use of marijuana In fact, the Connecticut Legislature approved the sale of medical marijuana in 2007, but it was vetoed by Governor Rell. Unfortunately, due to the lack of a consistent opinion between many states and the federal government, patients have been denied this medicine. Public Act 12-55 gives patients access to this medicine and the peace of mind they deserve.

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Will there be dispensaries on every corner?

No. The truth is that there is a strict limit on the number of dispensaries allowed in Connecticut. The details on licensing limitations will be made public by the DCP in upcoming months.

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In what other states do Kind Clinics and Medbox support dispensaries?

We have a technology presence in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington and Arizona.

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What makes your clinics safe? Could anyone get access to marijuana?

Our dispensaries are tightly controlled. The system only dispenses medicine to patients that are in the database, have a valid (unexpired) physician’s statement on file, and can verify their identity via a fingerprint scan taken at the machine.

Our machines are armored for extra protection. Called Medbox Dispensing Machines, they are housed in State-approved dispensary locations and will have a clerk physically on the premises during all hours of operation.

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How does your Medbox dispensing machine work?

Our newly designed machine allows patients the choice of up to 50 different varieties of medicine via touch-screen user interface. Patients are given prepaid purchase cards and their accounts are automatically debited every time the clinic employee accesses the patient’s medicine from the machine. The patient verifies his or her authorization to purchase, and the clerk – after scanning the patient’s fingerprint – interacts with the Medbox to obtain the order.

The operator can track inventory and revenue generated by the dispensary via a customized, computer-based application, and the system can be customized to suit Connecticut’s legal requirements. This helps ensure transparency and verifies clinic compliance with their local and state laws relative to medicinal cannabis. If marijuana is to be taken seriously as a medicine, a standard method of dispensing must be in place, similar to that found in the pharmacy industry. Our patented Medbox™ technology and software allows patients and marijuana dispensaries to work in concert with state and local authorities in order to promote overall integrity and legitimacy.

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Does Medbox accept cash?

The machine does not accept cash directly. Patients need to provide cash or a credit card to the clinic’s personnel at the counter after their identity and right to obtain medicine is confirmed. Then the clinic personnel would apply credits on the patient’s pre-paid debit card.

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Have other states legalized marijuana for medical use?

Seventeen other States and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana.

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What is the opinion of the Federal Government regarding the sale of medical marijuana?

On October 19, 2009, the U.S. Deputy Attorney General issued a U.S. Department of Justice memorandum to “All United States Attorneys” providing clarification and guidance to federal prosecutors in the states that have enacted laws authorizing the medical use of marijuana. The document is intended solely as “a guide to the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion and as guidance on resource allocation and federal priorities.” The memorandum does not change any laws. Sale of cannabis remains illegal under federal law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s position, that marijuana has no accepted value in the treatment of any disease in the United States, has also remained the same.

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In that case, how can Connecticut and other states approve its sale?

Under the U.S. Constitution, individual states retain the right to write and approve legislation they feel benefits their state and their citizens. When this legislation differs from federal legislation, our democracy allows for debate and dialog in an interest to listen to its citizens, to protect all citizens’ rights, and to “agree to disagree.” As this debate continues, or until it’s been reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, states have chosen to go ahead and do what they believe is in the best interests of patients who need this medicine to help fight or cope with chronic pain and illness.

The federal government has announced publicly that it will not pursue patients or providers, just illegal drug traffickers. States like Connecticut (and Arizona, for example), who adopt a strict system of oversight, will not be targeted for federal intervention. This was also echoed by the federal government several months ago. While the federal government does not condone this industry, they simply tolerate it as long as the operators of these non-profits can demonstrate that they are not willfully profiteering. None of the more than 100 operators nationwide that use Medbox technology have ever been targeted by federal law enforcement.

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Can patients purchase an unlimited amount of marijuana?

No. While operating details are still being reviewed by DCP, it’s likely that patients in the State will be entered into a networked database to which all dispensaries will be linked. To purchase marijuana at any dispensary, a patient would have to provide a personalized ID card from the state. By linking sales to the patient’s ID card, it will be possible to enforce the provision prohibiting patients from acquiring more than the amount mandated by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, which is overseeing distribution and licensing.

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Are medical marijuana purchases in Connecticut a covered health insurance benefit?

No, they are not currently a reimbursable purchase under current health insurance benefits in Connecticut, and Public Act 12-55 does not require this coverage.

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Now that we’re making medical marijuana legal in Connecticut, will more teens use marijuana?

There is nothing in past experience to suggest that marijuana use would increase among teens when this initiative goes into effect. When you look at before-and-after data, research indicates that changes in teen-use patterns in states that have passed medical marijuana laws have largely been consistent with national trends, which is to say that teen use has consistently fallen since the mid-nineties. In fact, all but one state that has passed a medical marijuana law has seen a decrease in lifetime teen marijuana use since that law was passed.

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Would qualified patients be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana?

Connecticut Public Act 12-55 does not authorize patients to operate a car, aircraft, motorcycle or motorboat under the influence of marijuana. Under the Connecticut legislation, patients would not be considered to be under the influence of marijuana just for having the drug in their system, as long as the concentration was deemed insufficient to impair them. If a driver was pulled over, police would verify his or her patient status by running the driver’s identification through an electronic database managed by the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, which is overseeing the use of medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Although there is no testing device to immediately detect whether a person is high on marijuana, police are experienced at determining whether a person is likely impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Police can conduct field-sobriety tests specific to drug use and can require more comprehensive testing that involves drawing blood. If the blood tests positive for marijuana, police can obtain probable cause to investigate further if they choose.

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Can we expect crime around the dispensaries?

Medbox offers cashless exchanges and equipment that stores medicine in low doses. While criminals may target dispensaries just as they target pharmacies, banks, ATM machines, grocery marts and gas stations, actual experience indicates that no such connection exists. For example, in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where there are a large number of dispensaries, law-enforcement officials have concluded that the dispensaries have not resulted in a level of crime distinguishable from other businesses.

Medbox technology is featured at over 100 clinics nationwide and in Canada. To date, none have ever been the victim of a robbery. The system is very secure and the presence of extra cash and product is severely limited, making dispensaries less attractive targets for criminals.

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Will employers be prohibited from doing anything if an employee gets high on the job?

No. The initiative, for good reason, was written to ensure that patient-employees would not be discriminated against simply because they use marijuana for their illness during non-work hours. If an employee is under the influence of marijuana at work – just as in the case of situations involving alcohol or other drugs – an employer would not be prohibited from disciplining that employee.

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Will patients be able to use medical marijuana anywhere?

No. The law prohibits ingesting marijuana in a bus, a school bus or any moving vehicle; in the workplace; on any school grounds or any public or private school, dormitory, college or university property; in any public place; or in the presence of anyone under 18. It also prohibits any use of palliative marijuana that endangers the health or well-being of another person, other than the patient or primary caregiver.

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What kind of review process and background checks will applicants for Connecticut dispensing licenses have to face?

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is currently reviewing programs in other states to ensure compliance with legislative mandates aimed at preventing abuse, avoiding conflicts of interest and ensuring that licensees for dispensaries or cultivation have appropriate credentials, backgrounds and the business means (plans, finances, etc.) to formally carry out the required duties and responsibilities. More information on this vetting process will be available over the coming months.

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Who will decide which applicants should receive licenses for dispensing medical marijuana?

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is currently reviewing programs in other states to determine the most effective, fair and efficient process for reviewing and choosing qualified licensees. More information on selection criteria, the number of licenses that will be granted, decision makers and process will be available over the coming months.

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