Seattle Medical Marijuana Dispensary Advocates "Locally Grown" Awareness

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Safe Access, a West Seattle dispensary serving medical cannabis patients, has announced a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of locally-produced alternative medicine.

Safe Access Dispensary

Safe Access Dispensary

All of the medicine that we provide for our patients is grown in Washington State, it is quality-controlled, and it is produced by individual people who believe in the healing power of cannabis, not by massive corporations who are only focused on profit.

Safe Access, a medical cannabis dispensary in West Seattle, has announced a campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of locally-grown alternative medicine. The dispensary aims to inform proponents as well as skeptics of medical marijuana about the health advantages of knowing how and where one's medicine is produced.

A post on the dispensary's website reads, "There is a prominent opinion held by anti-medical-marijuana circles that the cannabis plant is 'unsafe' for human consumption. We believe this is a manufactured concept that was originally created to oppress the people who used it - mainly immigrant populations in the early 1900's - and it is a concept which has been reinforced over the past fifty years by people who are politically motivated to keep those populations oppressed. Recently the focus of their arguments changed to reflect concerns about the unregulated nature of the medical marijuana industry. What many people don't realize, however, is that the pharmaceutical industry which provides federally legal and 'acceptable' forms of medicine is itself highly unregulated."

The post on Safe Access's website refers to an NBC news story published in 2012 which revealed that a significant percentage of pharmaceuticals sold in the US were imported from China and India, and an even larger percentage of pharmaceuticals sold in the US contained ingredients manufactured in overseas facilities that had never been inspected by the FDA.

Safe Access's blog post continues, "When you have to choose between taking medicine produced by unregulated factories in China, or medicine produced in the homes of fellow patients in the state where you live, which sounds like the safer option? All of the medicine that we provide for our patients is grown in Washington State, it is quality-controlled, and it is produced by individual people who believe in the healing power of cannabis, not by massive corporations who are only focused on profit."

The dispensary has encouraged their patients and social media followers to spread the word about the "inherently conflicted" logic in arguments about the unregulated medical marijuana industry being "unsafe."

Safe Access opened in 2013 to serve patients under Washington State's medical marijuana laws, and is located in West Seattle.

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