Disclaimer: This is the first post by a patient of Dr. Roman’s who has been offered to post his experiences and thoughts on the Medical Marijuana Blog. The opinions expressed here and thereafter are her own and not to be taken as Nature’s Way Medicine’s or its affiliates.
Following are notes, comments, concerns after my 2nd purchase. Currently having more medical problems which will probably put a pause on my remarks. However, I am relatively sure that there will be more to come as I get more involved and, hopefully, my medical problems lessen…..
Having made a purchase at their Wilmington Store and now one at their new store in Lewes, I am now considering contacting state officials to register concerns about the cost of the product and the availability. In addition, I will probably suggest that the $125 application fee should include an optional class for those who wish to receive basic information on different strains available, how to roll cigarettes, proper storage, etc.
I don’t know what the discount is, but the store clerk in Lewes advised that a discount was already included in the $50 I paid for the little 3.5g packet. It appears that one can get a discount if a senior or a veteran. However, it cannot be doubled and it does not matter which category since the discount is the same. So, since my $50 fee included a discount, I am even more outraged for those who have the need and are neither seniors nor veterans since it appears that they must pay over $400 for an ounce. If a veteran receives a medication from the V.A., there is no copay if the medication is being used to treat a problem that arose during active duty. Seemingly if a person is a Senior and a Veteran and surely if the individual is a Disabled Veteran ( indicated on the Veterans’ I.D. Card ) the discount received should be substantially greater (even if he/she is not a senior ).
Granted, unlike the V.A., the alleged “not for profit” “First State Compassion Center” is not an arm of the federal government. It has production and sales expenses. So, veterans would and should be expected to pay something to help cover the costs. However, considering the seemingly unrestrained prices, there appears to be a lot of room for greater discounts.
I guess it may depend upon which report one is reading. I saw one report which stated that North Dakota’s price of $387 an ounce is the highest in the land. However, it appears that Delaware’s $400+ an ounce may be the highest in the U.S. If not, surely its prices are among the highest!
The same report noted that it costs just $242 for an ounce in Calif. There are obviously several variables that must be considered when attempting to make comparisons. However, I am simply saying that since Delaware’s fee appears to be over $160 more than Calif.’s fee, it appears that an independent group should evaluate the Compassion Center’s Fees, goals, and plans.
A first step might be that of questioning and/or challenging their alleged “not for profit” status. Seemingly, a reduction in their charges might bring on board many who may now rather do their business with those who are not controlled by the state. Surely, there are many veterans and non veterans who simply cannot afford the Compassion Center’s charges! I would think that one of the primary goals of the business is to help the public. However, charging one of the highest fees per ounce in the nation, surely the Compassion Center has clearly limited the number of individuals who can access their services. In addition, there are probably many others who can afford their high fees but are not willing to pay the exorbitant fees.
In speaking with the store clerk, she noted that she is aware that a third store may be opening in Delaware in the near future and the competition may bring about lower prices. It is too bad that it requires such to bring about a reduction in prices. Since it is allegedly a not for profit business, it sure would be interesting to see what their actual costs are. I did not think to ask, but I believe that their charges may be slightly less if one purchases larger packets. However, it did not matter because they only had the 3.5g packets available when I visited their new store. In addition, I had expressed an interest in trying a strain that I could use in food. However, they did not have any in stock. Since it appears that they had several months to stock their shelves, I was surprised and disappointed that they were not better prepared.
It appears that product qualities are rated at low, medium, and high. The little 3.5g container that I received has no apparent/obvious indication on the bag that states its quality. However, even if it is supposed to be “high”, it appears that they are charging too much. A “quarter” is supposed to be sold at $80. So it would appear that my 1/8 should have cost me $40 and not the $50 that I paid. If the quality I received is not “high”, then the price I paid is even more absurd!!!!!
There must be something illegal about a not for profit concern being able to get $6,400 for a pound of grass! Surely they are laughing all the way to the bank. When will their books be examined and by whom and will Joe Public have access to such figures. Seemingly, such prices may wind up increasing the number of sales on the street corners rather than putting “them” out of business!