Maintaining a Medicinal Marijuana Clinic
MGT 415: Group Behavior In Organizations
April 16, 2012
Our economy runs on small and large businesses, from restaurants to day cares to large corporations and everything in between, there is some sort of business out there to cater to everyone’s need. When parents need their children taken care of while they are at work, they can drop off their children at a day care or when someone is sick they can go to a doctor’s office and see the doctor. A new business that is emerging throughout the United States is medicinal marijuana collectives, more commonly known as medicinal marijuana clinics. Marijuana has been a controversial issue in the United States for many decades and the legalization of medicinal marijuana has been a much-heated debate as well. However despite the controversies, medicinal marijuana clinics, much like a pharmacy is still a business that provides a purpose and has the same up’s and downs such as group conflicts, interpersonal conflicts, etc just like any other businesses and the clinic that I have consulted with in hopes of improving group productivity is BCC of San Diego.
When people think of medicinal marijuana, there is a negative connotation associated with marijuana. Though there is merit in this belief, the evolution of marijuana has changed to provide medicinal purposes. According to www.chrisconrad.com, in 1996, California was one of the first states to legalize medicinal marijuana passing Proposition 215 for seriously ill patients. The proposition ensures that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medicinal purposes where medical use is deem appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who had determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain and other illness. Since 1996, 16 states have legalized medicinal marijuana such as Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington. As a result medicinal marijuana collectives have
begun to open throughout the country to serve adults with ailing needs.
Medicinal marijuana clinics are ran much like a pharmacy in that they comply with safety, legal compliance and a high standard of care for patients are of the utmost importance. Because collectives are still so controversial there are numerous other rules that a clinic must abide by to stay within the rules and regulations of their practiced business. Before even opening a clinic a business owner must contact the local county and sheriff’s office and inform of their intentions and owners must demonstrate maintaining legal compliance. Also a dispensary cannot operate within 1000 feet of a school or areas on business parks associated with a high volume of passing children. Clinics should also maintain business hours comparable to stores and businesses in the immediate area and should not operate after dark nor allow patients to enter the premises before or after the business hours. Clinics should also have high security systems that include day and night security cameras, security cameras with back up generators and steel or solid doors with deadbolts as well as bulletproof glass. There are several other compliances that an owner must adhere to depending on the state.
Most people view medicinal marijuana clinics as a “stoner’s hang out” however after further research and interviews with staff, owners, vendor’s etc, medicinal marijuana clinics have the same up’s and down’s just like any other businesses. At the same time in order to change public perception of medicinal marijuana clinics, clinics must operate differently to be viewed as an alternative approach holistic approach to medicine. According to Danny Sanchez, owner of a BCC,...