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How to Make Money Selling to Dispensaries

It is possible to make money and even earn a living growing Marijuana and providing it to Dispensaries and directly to medical Marijuana patients. If you have the skills – or want to learn – to work with plants in a controlled environment, and get really excited about varieties of Marijuana and the limitless possibilities hybridization – then this is the job for you!

The New Era of Growing Marijuana

Of all the aspects contributing to changing the culture and opinion of Marijuana, the ability for growers to perfect their art and be compensated for their time so they can reinvest into continually improving their processes is the greatest. This is because the metrics and rating systems for establishing valid and repeatable characteristics of specific strains can be verified.

Quite simply, on the black market, anyone could (and would if they were a good salesperson) make claims that the product they had was of a certain variety, so if you were used to hearing that you were getting BC’sters (anything with a popcorn style to weight and size of the Marijuana has traditionally been called this in the northern states because, supposedly, it came from British Columbia), then you were willing to pay a $10 premium when someone had Blueberry Northern Lights or White Widow – primarily because it was different, but there was never any guarantee that what you got was the strain you expected nor that it was better. This has drastically changed with the new number of legal growers who can now operate legitimately, without having to take measures to hide their greenhouses, and reliably acquire source materials (like clones and seeds).

The methodology of quantifying and classifying different strains that reinforces the work of caregivers as hybridization scientists, and provides your storefront staff with the capacity to responsibly and reliably recommend different strains to patients based on their needs.

First and Foremost, You are a Care Giver

It is easy to get caught up and excited about the growing process, because you are working in a progressive industry and it is extremely rewarding to put the effort into creating an efficient and effective set-up to produce a beautiful product. However, it is very important to remember, especially where the law is concerned, that your primary reason for growing Marijuana is to provide for your patients.

Your patients’ specific needs is what drives your experimentation as a growing engineer. Different patients will have different needs. Glaucoma patients will have positive results from a strain that has little or less desired effect for patients with spinal injuries. It is important for the grower to study and learn all of the intricate differences relevant to each strain’s impacts in relation to dosage and time of day for ingestion so that they can accurately advise patients in the best use of their medicine.

Responsibilities of caregivers, like all other regulation specifics, have slight variations from state to state, but the following two summaries give a good overview of what it means to be a caregiver.

Excerpt from Colorado State Law:

“A primary caregiver shall have significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a patient with a debilitating condition. The care-giving relationship must be more than providing medical marijuana or medical marijuana paraphernalia. Patients who do not require caregiver service beyond provision of medical marijuana shall not designate a primary caregiver.  Additional care-giving services may include, but are not limited to, transportation, housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping or arranging access to medical care or other services unrelated to medical marijuana.  A designated primary caregiver shall not delegate the responsibility of provision of medical marijuana for a patient to another person.”

Excerpt from the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, that extends this concept to include some ethical and quality considerations as well:

“Caregivers agree to follow all applicable state and local laws, regulations and ordinances; Caregivers pledge to put the well-being of patients and the public good foremost; Caregivers will always give honest measure or weight; Caregivers will produce a “pure” product, uncontaminated with pesticides, mold and un-necessary additives or adulterants; All ingredients used to make medical marijuana tinctures, preparations, suppositories or foods will be of high quality, clearly identified and made known to patients; Caregivers will protect the confidentiality of their client patients; Caregivers will strive to adopt green, eco-friendly techniques. We hope to better define more of these techniques in the future, but, at a minimum, don’t pollute and recycle and re-use where possible to create the highest quality medicine with the minimum use of natural resources.”

The Basic Steps to Making Money Selling to Dispensaries

There are differences between state rules and regulations, especially related to the specifics of how much a Caregiver can grow, posess and how many Patients and Dispensaries they can distribute to, but the basic steps are as follows:

  • Apply for your Patient Status with Doctor recommendation
    • If you are in Colorado or Washington you can bypass this step and directly apply for a Retail Growers license
  • Register with the state if there is a registry that requires you to do so
  • Get your Caregiver license, and file additional paperwork if you plan to provide for more than 5 patients
  • A retail license is required to sell non-medicinal Marijuana to dispensaries in Colorado
    • You have to decide how big you want your operation to be and how much time you have to dedicate to your product
  • Finally, the most difficult step, is establishing a relationship with a Dispensary
    • Many Dispensaries grow their own product so your product needs to be quality and reliable
    • Secure clones and strains that
  • The last step is maintaining your relationship and your paperwork

How Many Plants Caregivers can Grow and How Much they can Possess

For each state there are different regulations regarding the number of plants a caregiver can grow and the rules related to transportation of medicines, and in some states the only wway to be paid as a grower is to work for dispensaries directly. We have compiled this table to give you a brief rundown of the basics.

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Each state has different guidelines based on requirements for caregivers (like age and criminal records), but there are also differing regulations on a variety of other factors as well. In addition, specific regulations govern the provision of Marijuana to recreational dispensaries in Colorado and Washington States. We have compiled a summary from our extensive research detailing the rules for people wanting to specifically grow Marijuana to provide dispensaries and patients, read our article How Many Plants and Dispensaries One Caregiver Can Supply. You will also find information about how to apply for your retail grower’s license in Colorado.

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Nicholas Kissinger July 14, 2016, 11:06 am

    I am in El Paso county Colorado and have a 40 plant count. i am Looking to open a dispensary or partner with one. I have a store front in Calhan and in November I think they may allow a dispensary out here.

  • Sqood July 2, 2016, 11:02 pm

    I have 3lbs of shake and I’m trying to sell it to dispensaries, I’m in LA Cali, I don’t know what to do or where to start. Plz help

  • Sergio June 14, 2016, 11:47 am

    Im extremely interested in selling bud to dispensaries. Just not sure what state is best to do it in. And if ill make the money back i invest. Any thoughts?.

  • Petey May 8, 2016, 10:09 pm

    I’m here in tucson az and can find a reliable and good person wit a good price to give to my patients. . It would be nice to be like LA. .

  • Faris fakhouri March 6, 2016, 12:55 pm

    I like to start growing weed in Arizona , what do i need to do first , i don’t have a dispensary

  • Christina December 29, 2015, 9:54 am

    I got the good, good. Im in northern California, but having a hard time building a relationship with a dispensery. Any suggestions. L.

    • Ben May 10, 2016, 11:32 am

      Go to each dispensary and let them know your a vendor..many times they will see you the same day. I do notice, Thursday and Friday are the best. Also send email’s to the delivery service.

    • glenn watkins May 19, 2016, 8:46 am

      I am looking to do some business. I’m in Louisiana, can’t find consistency.

      • Larry July 21, 2016, 5:51 pm

        I have farms in Northern California “humboldt county” and in southern Oregon . Give me a call if you want to talk .

    • Benjamin May 22, 2016, 1:44 am

      Looks like the legal weed business is harder than I thought

  • Tiffany November 7, 2015, 3:20 pm

    What do you like ? What are your favorites? I want to know what is hot right now .

  • Cindy Sue June 12, 2015, 12:25 pm

    Great Info! I’ve heard the Market is flooded with Indicas! People are now wanting Sativas!!! Also heard Nothern Cali., dry! Bring back Romulan!!!!! Such a Good Med! What you think?

    • Wiseguy July 2, 2016, 3:04 am

      Northern California isn’t dry, I Just got back. There was some really nice blue dream in one spot. Then some G.G. at another spot. Good trip😁

  • ricky April 25, 2015, 2:55 pm

    So you have to become a caregiver to sell to mmj clubs?

    • Mechnizer May 17, 2015, 7:49 pm

      Aparently you can’t read !

      • cathy June 2, 2015, 6:57 pm

        Do u have to b mean and act like a moron

  • mannythelion February 20, 2015, 4:10 am

    It’s totally possible, the reality is that where I live(los angeles) the market is saturated. A pound of good outdoor goes for 900 dollars. You will have a hard time getting more unless you can get your hands on good genetics and grow some fire. A unit of topshelf in this saturated market is still worth, at least, $2500 USD.

  • will October 22, 2014, 9:20 pm

    I NEED to get into this business the right way! My dream job

  • ISRAEL WAKS August 16, 2014, 9:39 am


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