Internet Links Medical Marijuana Patients With Sellers Before Dispensaries Open – Health & Wellness – The Boston Globe

We started out as patients and it wasnt available, or what was available was steeply overpriced or black market, he said, adding that he works a full-time construction job and only takes donations from other patients to offset the cost of cultivation. You are not doing it for profit, you are doing it to help people, he said. Tom Brandes of Phoenix, the administrator of, said he launched the site a couple of years ago when medical cannabis became legal in Arizona, then expanded to other states. Brandes said he doesnt charge patients or caregivers to register and post messages. The site does not conduct background checks and it is up to patients and caregivers to vet each other and follow the law, he said. Im not going to try to police it; I cant, said Brandes, adding that he cant keep drug dealers from trying to infiltrate the site, but enlists moderators to monitor activity. Downing, 55, the owner of Yankee Care Givers, said during a telephone interview that he is different from other caregivers on the Internet. Im the only actual caregiver, he said. Those guys are drug dealers. Downing said the Department of Public Health is aware of his business because he sends it a form signed by each of his patients, designating him as their caregiver.
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