Arizona Dispensary University: A Medical Marijuana "College" Now Offering Classes in Phoenix

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Can't attend the Cannabis College in Amsterdam? Check out Phoenix's own pot college.
There's a new school in the Valley that gives new meaning to the phrase "higher education." The Arizona Dispensary University, located in north Phoenix, is now offering a variety of classes related to medical marijuana.

The campus is located at a facility that serves as a prototype of a medical marijuana dispensary. There will be no real dispensaries open until spring of next year, but in the meantime, the property's being used as an education mecca for all things Mary Jane.

Classes will cover everything from cultivation of cannabis and creating marijuana-infused products to training on how to open and operate a medical marijuana dispensary. Classes on cannabis have long been offered at the non-profit Cannabis College in Amsterdam, where marijuana is decriminalized. But unlike Amsterdam, marijuana is not decriminalized in Phoenix (only medical marijuana is permissible), and unlike the Cannabis College, admission to the Arizona Dispensary University isn't free (classes currently cost anywhere from $100 to $250).

But these classes may offer some valuable information that would-be medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners need to know.


In a press release, ADU spokesman Allan Sobol states "Our emphasis...is not just on growing or cooking with marijuana, but rather on taking medical marijuana dispensaries into the mainstream of American business [and] changing the stereotype, by training individuals on how to operate a Medical Marijuana business in a responsible and competent manner."

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Growing buds as beautiful as this requires some horticulture education.
Sobol says courses at ADU will cover legal standards, codes of conduct, civics, security, and more. Classes began about two weeks ago with a course called "Initiative 101," and have steadily sold out since (there are only 30 seats per class). The three-hour "Initiative 101" classes are currently full through December 6, with only a few seats left for classes on December 8 and 9.

The "Initiative 101" class costs $100, while the upcoming "Application Preparation 101" class costs $250 (sessions on December 16 and 17 are already full).

It's hard to say how beneficial or educational these classes will be just yet, but we plan on attending one in the next few days. Check back here on Jackalope Ranch next week for an in-depth look at Arizona Dispensary University and its classes.

Arizona Dispensary University is located at the Medical Marijuana Dispensaries of Arizona facility at 17233 N. Holmes Boulevard. Call 602-298-0099 or visit the "Education" tab at mmsofaz.com for more information.


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evan137
evan137

It is great that education is becoming available for medical marijuana since it is a need for so many patients around the United States. With the current trends in Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana, it will become a market that is growing faster than Smart Phones so it is becoming essential for people to get educated. Recently, I've been looking for a good source of education that is high-quality and was able to find a cannabis college called "Green CulturED" ( http://www.GreenCulturED.co ) so it may be of some interest to anyone who is looking to learn more.

DH
DH

Allan Sobel, while controversial, in this industry, is putting his money where his mouth is, and fighting for all of our rights. The biggest problem, with this industry, is that we tend to attack each other, rather than band together, and fight for our rights. Once we win the fight, we can use the fair market, to determine who is better. Untill then, everyone can stop their back stabbing, and pick up a sword...Our rights, as americans, are at stake.

Bill Carrington
Bill Carrington

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blown out my dome
blown out my dome

its not that damn hard to grow a damn plant seriously this thing is a rip i think they should just have us go to one class to look shit over its not that hard for "US" potheads to grow a plant but if im making 100'000$ - 200,000$ a year managing a dispensery im not bitching at all

Jerald
Jerald

You don't need a lawyer or classes. And this is coming from a lawyer... My medical marijuana lawyer associate and I wrote a guide that answers all these questions and shows you how to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona.

Check it out here:www.OpenDispensary.in/Arizona

Tizznazz
Tizznazz

Needs more info. and pics. of the area...

George Grimes
George Grimes

I guess this guy Allen must be a "crook" if some dude on the internet said so...people do your own research and come to your own conclusion. I've never met the guy or even heard of him until now, but I'll reserve my opinion until I meet him. But a comment from personal experience of others can do some damage.

Research 420 College and attorney Bill McPike, you'll find nothing but good news. 420 College will be holding a seminar on Az laws and cultivation on Feb 05 and 06. check it out http://420college.org

jw
jw

Hello, I drove to Phoenix today to Marijuana Marketing Strategies a so called Cannabis College. What a joke this place is. I tried asking questions to the people that run this so called college and they told me to make an appointment for one of there classes and all questions will be answered there for $100.00.I have done some research about starting a Cannabis Dispensary in Arizona and from my understanding not just any one can even grow Medical Marijuana. You have to have a prescription to for Medical Marijuana to even touch it let alone start growing and selling Medical Marijuana for a Dispensary that you have to own. This man only wants your money and my opinion you will go no where with this place. They are scammers and you will waste your money.

Ceo Azcs
Ceo Azcs

There are several of these "businesses" and offers floating around. Also you may have seen dispensaries claiming to be open already. All of this info is questionable at best. For information from a source that is here for Arizona please see our website.

We are one of several organizations that are trying to keep Arizona residents in the loop about fake's and phonies. We offer similar classes in cannabis cultivation however we are NOT open yet. Our courses are taught by experts in plant sciences and botany with specific background in the medical marijuana industry. We didn't model our classes off the Oaksterdam version, instead we improved on it drastically and created our own.When our facility opens we will gladly invite you to experience our classes so that you may review them for your viewers. Our goal is to supply the transparency that AZDHS is looking for and others are hesitant to supply.

Kdhaslett
Kdhaslett

Ok Phoenix New Times I have seen some REALLY great articles come out of your paper, but you and all other media outlets are really dropping the ball here. I am calling on you and all other media outlets to STOP interviewing Allan Sobel as the "go to" person for a good quote. He is giving misinformation, outright lies, and does not represent those of us who do care about AMMA very deeply, fought to get it passed, and have honest intentions for getting into the industry. As reporters please do your job, yes it may require you to google, text, make calls, or lord forbid actually go out and get the real story, but isn't this what reporters do? Do a little background on claims, check facts beforing reporting the story. Stop taking the easy way by dredging up another quote from Allan Sobel. If you want to know the real scoop on AMMA talk to ADHS, Andrew Myers, Joe Yuhas or the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, just to name a few....Don't reporters do this anymore? Seems like very lazy reporting goin on here in Phx.,

MsMimi2u2
MsMimi2u2

Please read the following comments by AZ Dept of Health Services, and tell me anyone can trust Allan Sobel and his claims.http://directorsblog.health.az... Some people love to hear themselves talk so much they forget that we are the age of the internet and we can document claims, research the information, and make informed decisions. Those who have already paid their money to Sobel I feel sorry for, but hey due diligence again is the name of the game. If they can be so easily ripped off by false claims , they need to get out of the business now. Where there are good opportunities in this terrible economy there will be the sharks in the water, spread a little chum and they will come. There are honest upright people in this business, it is up to us as future patients, caregivers, and dispensary owners to keep this industry clean. We can set the standards, and create a model cannabis act, but only if the industry censures dishonesty, and profiteers. Educate before you invest.

MsMimi2u2
MsMimi2u2

Please think before you deal with Allan Sobel. He has no experience with cannabis, or consulting services for business. He has over 30 different companies listed on AZ Corporation site, none of which seem to be active or successful. He has stated he is all about the money. Our industry is just starting, we need to be aware of people like this that want your money and lie about what they can offer in return. Please see Will Humble's response to information regarding this person guarantees. Allan Sobel states he is in the "know", involved in the decision making process, and can guarantee you a license, all of which are lies. I have a lot of respect for New Times but very disappointed that they continuously go to this this shyster for sound bites. There are plenty of legitimate people who know this business. Don't get ripped off by Allan Sobel.

Disturbedfabz
Disturbedfabz

Fraud its the state try to make money off it my first harvest looked better then the buds pictured above what a joke! Medical Marijuana is already going south that's ass h*les

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Al Sobol, the man in charge of this, is a CROOK. Medical marijuana is an important right, as well as a budding new industry... But I implore potential industry workers to avoid this man at all costs. He is lying to his clients by saying he has an "in" with DHS-- he does NOT. Just google the man before you give him any money. He has NO experience and moreso, lies to get as much money as possible from unknowing Arizonans. The guy even had his right to prepare legal documents in Arizona revoked. Buyers/ students beware... Especially when Oaksterdam (an honest canna-business) is only 6 hours away in L.A.

Vapemaster
Vapemaster

Growing weed doesnt require any college education ....pooor newbies getting takin for their money before they even get a chance......clone dirt water

PEACHFUZ888
PEACHFUZ888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

wHAT A LIAR

PEACHFUZ888
PEACHFUZ888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

PEACHFUZ888
PEACHFUZ888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

PS, YOU WANT US TO GET INFORMATION FROM MMPP THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO GIVE LICENSES ONLY TO MILLIONAIRES.

Nick Brink
Nick Brink

what would you recommend. I'm thinking of going into business but wonder about these so call schools .....thanks....

Niki Dandrea
Niki Dandrea

The purpose of this blog was just to announce that a "college" like this exists. I attended one of Sobol's classes two days after writing this article. I felt it was important to see what Sobol was peddling first-hand before advancing my personal opinion about any legitimacy (or lack thereof) to his business. Please check back on Monday (December 6) for a breakdown of Sobol's class, and my very frank take on what he doing.

PEACHFUZ888
PEACHFUZ888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

PS. THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS STATED THAT THIS BLOG WAS NOT DIRECTED AT SOBOL

Peachfuz888
Peachfuz888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

Peachfuz888
Peachfuz888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

Peachfuz888
Peachfuz888

You have no idea what you are talking about, you are a moron. Sobol saved the election and has helped 1000s of people get the true information that nobody else will tell you.

Eric N. Franks
Eric N. Franks

if one wants to drive that far, sure! I would for the simple fact of legitimacy of business!

Peachfuz888
Peachfuz888

psss... R A I D

Why is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

Peachfuz888
Peachfuz888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

MsMimi2u2
MsMimi2u2

Allan Sobel is a crook, please do not encourage anyone to drive to his dispensary, classes, consulting services. It seems that everyone has jumped on the money wagon, and are forgetting about the patients/caregivers. We need to censure people like Allan Sobel who has stated on the record he only cares about the money. He will give us a black eye before we even get started. Whoever is funding this shyster has hooked their star to a crook, and deserve losing their money for not doing due diligence. I did and found out all kinds of disturbing information about Mr Sobel. If you attempt to speak out about him, he tries to sue everyone to shut them up. DO NOT SUPPORT ALLAN SOBEL OR ANY BUSINESS HE IS STARTING. KEEP OUR DISPENSARY OWNERS ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR PATIENTS, NOT THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR

Peachfuz888
Peachfuz888

PSSSS.... R A I DWhy is it that whenever you have people bash honest hard working people like sobol they always hide in the cracks of the interent like the roaches they are. When you turn on the light of identification they scatter like the roaches. If what you say is true then identify yourself. You only have to hide if you are lying. Fortunately most of the people in Arizona recognize what these comments really are....Roach Turds.

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