Medical Marijuana in Santa Ana

Medical Marijuana

Today, more and more medical professionals are advocating for medical marijuana because an interesting research has stated that medical marijuana users have lower insulin levels, a lower body mass index, smaller waists and higher levels of HDL (the good cholesterol) than people who have never smoked pot.

How Marijuana Actually Helps You Lose Weight

As it turns out, research shows that marijuana users have healthier insulin levels; and we all know that insulin helps in regulating the body weight. Thus, science theorizes that cannabis actually helps us lose weight. Furthermore, additional evidences from the research suggest that marijuana users not just have 16 percent lower fasting insulin levels, but are also more active and have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

Medical marijuana users are less likely to be obese because of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) a chemical compound found in the weed plant that reduces fat gain. This compound helps our bodies to break down and metabolize carbohydrates, thus contributing to a healthy weight balance. However, THC is not the only cannabis compound that is expected to encourage weight loss. Advanced researches in the field of obesity and diabetes management suggest that another cannabis compound known as tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) too promotes weight loss, as well as balances blood sugar level, reduces inflammation of the pancreas and improves insulin sensitivity.

Now we understand how cannabis helps in maintaining a healthy weight. And this is a reason why majority of activists are promoting the use of medical marijuana to make your cravings drop, as well as to let your mind become more aware and focused. Yet, you must not forget that marijuana is not the only factor that contributes to weight loss. Rather a balanced diet, adequate sleep, physical exercise and social activities that you enjoy are the factors that promote good health and help you in weight management.

Want to learn more how medical marijuana can help you? Visit 4th Street Medical Marijuana Center in Santa Ana for medical marijuana evaluations.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

Medical-Marijuana in Santa Ana

Medical-Marijuana in Santa Ana

For the future of medical marijuana Santa Ana, voters have some choices to make in the November 2014 election. Two pot initiatives will be appearing on the ballot: one from the City Council and one drafted by pro-dispensary collectives. If both initiatives pass, the one with the majority votes will become the new law. The following information summarizes the differences between the two initiatives.

City Council Dispensary Regulations

  • Limits the number of medical marijuana Santa Ana dispensaries to 8
  • Levies a 10 percent tax on medical marijuana
  • Restricts dispensary locations to specific zones

Medical Marijuana Collectives

  • Allows medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Santa Ana
  • Levies a 2.5 percent tax on medical marijuana
  • Number of dispensaries will be based on population, starting with a few dozen

Community Concerns
These initiatives are a response to concerns in the Santa Ana community. The concern is that there are 50 illegal dispensaries in the area. But patients want to have access to their doctor-prescribed cannabis without worrying about getting into legal trouble, while on the other hand city officials want to make sure that the number of dispensaries doesn’t spiral out of control. Pot shops have been banned in Santa Ana since 2007 but have continued to operate illegally.

After the City Council proposed its initiative on July 1, 2014, it set aside $500,000 for local law enforcement to spend on overtime pay for its task force to crack down on illegal dispensaries. In July the police made 42 arrests over a two day period. The goal of the task force is to shut down dispensaries near schools and residential areas.

This crackdown included issuing 27 citations and court notices to owners, operators, managers, employees and volunteers for participating in illegal dispensaries and 15 other arrests connected with dispensaries near schools. Luckily, only five of the arrested individuals were Santa Ana residents.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

Medical Marijuana Collectives

Santa Ana, California is currently facing two different ballot measures that were designed to regulate inflow of medical marijuana.

One measure was proposed by the City Council while the other was adopted by marijuana collectives. Luckily, though each measure will provide medical marijuana patients a safe solution for buying the medicine.

Ballot #1: By City CouncilMedical Marijuana Collectives
In June 2014 a new initiative was presented to the city council by medical marijuana proponents to put a cap on the number of the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries to eight. Currently there are 50 known illegal dispensaries in Santa Ana.

This version will collect a five to ten percent tax rate on the sale of medical cannabis, also it will call for a certain limit on where dispensaries can exist.

Ballot #2: By Medical Marijuana Collectives
A separate initiative appearing on the ballot which was written by medical marijuana collectives, has called for a two percent tax rate and the number of dispensaries that should be determined by population, starting off with a couple dozen.

Soon both initiatives will be set to vote, and whoever compiles the most votes, will be the new direction the city of Santa Ana will head to on the subject of medical marijuana dispensaries.

How Banning Pot Shops Is Inevitable?
While this is being decided, Santa Ana police are raiding illegal dispensaries and making arrests. In just the month of July the police arrested 42 violators who were operating pot shops near schools and residential areas.

Santa Ana has banned dispensaries since 2007 but illegal shops continued to set up anyway. The City Council has set aside 500,000 dollars from its budget, to fund a task force with the specific motive to shut down these illegal pot shops.

The most pressing concerns for the city are the locations of the shop and how to keep dispensaries from attracting crime.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.