A quick update to our situation and what’s been happening the last few weeks, it’s been very busy and that’s the excuse I am sticking to for not updating the blog as frequently as I should.
So, about a month ago, after what seemed an eternity and hundreds of potential venues we finally secured some properties. It really was a roller coaster ride finding somewhere suitable. With us wanting to be pretty much self-regulating there were lots of things to take into consideration. Then we had/have the vision to cater for those people who have been left out a little, the less socially orientated medical users who don’t feel comfortable in the ‘traditional’ cannabis lounges and on top of these considerations there were the owners of the properties who we wanted to inform about our association without going into too much detail and had to agree for their property to be used. There were several close calls along the way but now it’s done.
If I’d wanted to grow in secret in private spaces and sell cannabis products then I could have been doing that in private for the last decade. I have no particular issues with ‘black market’ as such but in our own case we are trying to work in a way that can be productive and self-regulated in a manner that might help lead to real regulation down the line right? and so the properties were an integral part of this. Our production site will be growing specifically for members and not receiving ‘donations’ from outside sources and we are open to authorities about where this production takes place.
This is one area that many fellow cannabis clubs don’t feel comfortable with and some choose to go the other route of keeping the grow facility/facilities secret. That way if they do get ‘busted’ then they don’t lose all the products. I totally understand that situation and is one big reason why regulation is needed, we have just decided that we will do it the transparent way and take the risks. If we get ‘busted’ that’s when we hope we have everything else in order and accurate. From members numbers and requirements all tallying with the production itself, not over producing by the tonne (as a recent club got ‘busted’ for)
On the dispensary side, the venue was always going to be a bit different as I alluded to earlier. It has always been about people getting medicine, rather than the venue itself.
At the same time I wanted it to be somewhere that folks like my mom n dad would visit, people who although quite liberal-minded probably wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a social bar type cannabis club. This is sadly a common theme too, people’s stigmas, or more accurately peoples bosses stigmas and the fear people have about even being associated with cannabis, even if suffering ill-health. There simply is not enough CHOICE at the moment and at the end of the day, most good things in life come down to having choice.
So we finalised the ‘dispensary’ and office too. Near Marbella as oppose to Estepona where we initially started. The last few weeks has been about labouring, painting and trying to get the place respectable at the very least. It wasnt left in the best of conditions and we are on a very tight budget so not really able to fork out for the ‘cosmetic’ changes we might wish for but we are doing our best. We have all been working hard to try to build solid foundations to look after our members long-term in a secure and safe environment.
The idea is for members to generally visit by appointment and take their medicine home with them as oppose to spend time there as a social venue. It does have a pleasant garden area tho and we do make a decent cuppa. We are going to be using these new places over the coming days and hope that early visitors bear with us during these early days.
In fact feel free to chip in with any ‘labour and parts’!
For more information about memberships please view: Association Medicinal Cannabis Spain